I have a ferocious reader on my hands. She is always asking to be read to, “reading” to her stuffed animals or asking when we can get to the book store or library. That said, I’m always on the hunt for great new books, inexpensive ways to purchase them and creative ways to store them. Below are some of our favorites – let me know what you and your little one are enjoying!
Our Favorite Books:
Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by: Doreen Cronin
Move Over Rover! by: Karen Beaumont
Tyler Makes Pancakes by: Tyler Florence (the story includes a delicious pancake recipe! It’s a great way to get a stubborn reader excited about a new story)
How Rocket Learned To Read by: Tad Hills
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by: Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault and Lois Ehlert (Or as Baylor says it: “Chicken Boom Boom”)
The Going To Bed Book by: Sandra Boynton
Angelina Ballerina by: Helen Craig (much like Curious George, there are a ton of Angelina stories and we love them all!)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by: Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
Skippyjon Jones by: Judy Schachner (this book cracks my husband and I up)
The Napping House by: Audrey Wood and Don Wood (a personal favorite from my childhood)
Sick Day for Amos McGee by: Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by: Erika Silverman
Where To Get Them:
~Amazon. We have an Amazon Prime account and it’s worth every penny. Items come next day with no shipping fee. There is a yearly subscription fee, but if you buy often, it pays for it’s self.
~Amazon Used. The used book section of Amazon is great too – just watch out for shipping fees (sometimes as much as the book!) and for long delivery times.
~Your Library. Personally, I think Mustang library has one of the most fun play sections AND great book selections. Plus, as Kristin noted earlier this week, not only are the books great but there are fun and cool activities at all the Scottsdale Libraries.
~Friends and Family. We have always asked for no gifts from friends for birthday parties, but our family nods and smiles and then does what they want! So we asked if they must bring a gift, to make it a book. We spent the weeks after Baylor’s birthday enjoying a new book each day.
Where the Heck To Put Them:
~Shelf. Duh. But consider stacking them both vertically and horizontally to create visual interest. This is also a great trick to keep books from falling down when the don’t quite fill up the shelf. Also, putting the books in order of height makes any shelf look neat and tidy.
~ Baskets. I love shoving baskets in any available corner, under beds, on shelves…wherever.
~Down Low. Even at this phase, books are still at risk of getting torn or worse. So any books with paper pages go up high on the shelf and all board books that are a little tougher to destroy go down low so they can be accessed without mom’s help.