The Little Bear started reading on her own at around age 4. People have asked me what method we used on what school of thought we used to get her to read and I can honestly say that the only thing we did was read TO her.
We are a family of readers… to me there is not much better than snuggling under a blanket with my e-reader (yup, I’m an e-reader fan… love having a whole library at my fingertips!) Our local bookstore (Vroman’s Books for anyone reading locally) has a weekly story hour twice a week. We’ve been attending storyhour for well over a year and I usually end of leaving the bookstore with a book or two. (Now, my more frugal readers are thinking: You can get the same thing at the library… for FREE! But I love to support our local bookstore and my thought is that a kids’ personal library can never be TOO big.)
This week I got the idea that it might be fun to post some of my favorite books here on the blog. We, as parents, are usually looking for some fun books for our kids and Mr. Steve (the reader at Vroman’s) never lets us down.
The first time I heard this book, I couldn’t help but laugh. Pete the Cat starts out with 4 buttons and loses this one-by-one. But does he cry? “Goodness, No. Buttons come and buttons go.” Pete is so chill about his button-loss that you can’t help but want to be a bit like him. Catchy story with a bit of math mixed in? Fun-Fun.
The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous and it’s one of the sweetest stories. Two Pigs, A Bear and A Moose all decide that they’d like to be roommates and ask a group of beavers to build them a house. The beavers agree as long as they get paid… in peanut butter sandwiches! This story of friendship and overcoming obstacles is a great addition to any library!
One thing that you should know about kids is that they love “Lift-The-Flap” books. This simple book compares and contrasts the having of spots and stripes (and sometimes both!) The illustrations are easy on the eyes and introduces your little one to some uncommon animals (like lemurs and chameleons!)
So, have you read any good children’s books lately?
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