When a child’s attention span/ability to comprehend more info starts expanding so does the wonderful world of books….Friends its only going to get better… Once again I’m dividing this age into two parts. “Favorite Authors” and “Favorite Books”….with the authors, obviously you’ve got a whole BUNCH of books at your disposal and that’s pretty awesome for library trips when you can just head to the author’s letter and start picking up books ( Post coming soon)….but then there are those wonderful little delights that I will share with you here, that could quite possibly get lost in the mix:
First comes a book that was given to me at a baby shower for Ransom, Miss Twiggley’s Tree. ( Thanks McClure Family!!) It really is wonderful! It’s got good lyrical writing ( important for reading out loud), beautiful drawings and a really sweet moral at the end. This book is perfect for both boys and girls and seriously…its a diamond in the rough. Go get this book immediately.
This next book, Too Much Noise makes me extra happy because we’re currently reading it to Ransom from my torn and tattered paperback copy from when I was a little girl! I have many happy memories of my Mama reading this book out loud to me, and I even find myself reading it exactly the same way that she read it…getting slower and quieter and LOUDER and FASTER in the appropriate parts. This book is FULL of repetition which can be hard for us adults, but boy do those little tots love it!But I say if you’re going to have repetition at least have it be with animal noises….
This next book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee was given to us by the wonderful Tabitha the Elder or as Ransom randomly said today on the way to the grocery store ( where’s Bigger Tabitha right now?!) haha! Anyway, Tabitha discovered this book a year or so ago and gifted it to us, and then low and beyond it started to win all sorts of well deserved awards! Yay! I love it when good books get the glory they so deserve! If anything I hope it means that more people will discover them. However, if you aren’t one of the people who have already discovered”A Sick Day for Amos McGee” then rectify it immediately! This book not only has a beautifully sweet story about a Zoo Keeper and his animal friends, but the pictures are GORGEOUS. On each page you really HAVE to look for the little mouse who often shows up…
So this next book was also a gift. Ransom got this wonderful book, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site for Christmas when he was 3 and it has fed nicely into one of his favorite things. Construction vehicles. In fact, that’s what his teacher wrote on first week of Preschool report “Really likes Construction trucks.”…hahaha! Ummmm yes. We know. Anyway, this book is my FAVORITE of the construction trucks books ( some of them are SO BORING)….the pictures are cute and the wonderful rhyming text is all about each construction vehicle getting ready for bed. Pretty much perfect. I’m not so sure girls would dig it (ha!) as much, but if you’ve got a little boy in your life….this book is wonderful. And it turns out little girls love it too. Tabitha also enjoyed it and I know a few other girls who loved it too.
Now this last one was truly a surprise. Ransom got to pick out a free book at the library for completing their summer reading program. ( UMMMM….seriously having 15 books read out loud all summer?!?! We did it in two days. Come on people! Step up the game!) Anyway. So I didn’t have very high expectation for this book because Ransom just randomly grabbed it off the “Pick a book” shelf of prizes. But we went home and read it and it was fantastic! The pictures are fun, but the story is hilarious! This is one of those “two teared” books….one level is for the parents the other is for the kids. So Ransom and I BOTH end up enjoying this book! It turned out that it was part of a Ted series and all of my kids have enjoyed Artist Ted and Firefighter Ted, but I think Doctor Ted remains our favorite. ( P.S. Stay tuned, this author also has some beautiful book for 4-5 year olds too!)
So, on that note….I’ll hopefully share some MORE of my favorite books or ages 2-3 in another post coming soon, because believe me it is SO HARD to narrow down which ones I’m going to talk about. Sigh. Hard problems.