hi! i’d love to share some of our favorite books right now, ones that eleanor and samson seem to ask to have read to them over and over again each day. i wanted to start with these three books, because they are not only so great for both their ages, but they are interactive! which i love! i think reading to your little ones is one of the greatest things we can do for our children, especially in a world where technology seems to be taking over everything. i admit we use the iPad just as much as the next family might, and there are wonderful apps and tools for little ones that teach and encourage their young minds, but books are still the best option in my opinion, and i’m so thankful my littles ask for “more” and “more” reading every day.
1. lines that wiggle by candice whitman. we’ve been borrowing this interactive book from our neighbor, who is a schoolteacher in harlem and couldn’t believe we didn’t know of it! it’s pretty great. there is a raised embossed line on every page, always turning into so many things! lines of a spider’s web or the veins in a leaf, zig zags and swirls, lines that bend and lines on bugs that stick straight out! it’s fun for the kids to use their finger and trace the lines through every page. we like to point out all the lines we see in their room after reading which becomes a very fun game.
2. press here by herve tulle. eleanor especially loves this book. press the yellow dot and turn the page, suddenly there are two dots! each page has instructions of what to do next, from shaking the page (then turning the page to find all the dots scattered about!) to tilting the book or counting and pressing each multiplied dot. it’s fun to watch each page surprise you with something new. i think this book is so good for a child’s imagination. eleanor almost has it memorized, but will still giggle and say, “silly dot!” when we turn the page. it’s really fun to read as an adult, too. ;)
3. tap the magic tree by christie metheson. this book is similar in idea to press here, by giving the child instructions of taping and shaking and even blowing a kiss to make the tree do something new while you explore each season of life for the tree. it changes from a bare brown tree to one with beautiful leaves and blossoms then to apples and eventually snow! it’s been great for samson as he learns to count out loud all the different leaves or blossoms or apples falling. i actually just used this book for samson’s play school lesson earlier this week and was really amazed at how attentive all the little ones were while they participated as i read the story. it’s definitely a good one.
what are some of your favorite interactive books for children? what was your favorite when you were little?
ps. eleanor’s baby shower over 3 years ago all about books!
hope you had a wonderful easter sunday! here’s a video below with a few snippets of our day together. it’s funny because when i put eleanor to bed on saturday night, i was trying to get her down quickly (my kids know how to drag out their bedtime routine like pros. or better!) so i told her the sooner she went to bed the sooner the easter bunny would arrive to leave eggs in her room! my plan totally backfired though as she expressed how afraid she was that the easter bunny would bite her while she slept because bunnies have big teeth! i ended up having to lay with her until she fell asleep to keep her safe from the bunny. ;) it was kind of sweet but i felt terrible. i guess things like the easter bunny or santa claus really are freaky to little kids. fortunately, all was forgotten in the morning when she saw the eggs! we had a really fun day together. i love this family of mine so much. happy easter!
p.s. easter last year and the year before.
this morning, we enjoyed finding eggs in riverside park with friends from church! i think my kids were mostly just really cold, but they still enjoyed themselves. i get really excited over things like this. i might have gotten a little bit carried away last night at duane reade pharmacy while buying some easter candy and a few new plastic eggs. i ended up coming home with things like those yucky marshmallow peeps shaped like yellow chicks! who buys those things, let alone eats them? they are so gross but also, kind of adorable, right?
i’m so thankful for this easter season. not just for the chance to raid my kids candy stash, but also for what easter represents…life, and new beginnings, as we celebrate that morning so long ago when christ rose from the tomb and for the happiness that brings to me and my family.
happy easter! hope you have a beautiful weekend with your loved ones.