i wanted to share a few of samson’s most favorite books today, incase anyone has babes around the same age and are looking for any new reads. i always love hearing what books kids with similar ages are loving these days, too… so if you have any recommendations, please leave them below! we try hard to keep our toys and stuffed animals and tiny clutter-y kid things to a minimum and on rotation, but books are something i just can’t pass up. and i love adding to our collection.
1. chicka chicka boom boom, by bill martin jr. and john archambault. i had actually never heard of this book until a few months ago when we read it for eleanor’s play school class. now, samson actually requests it every night before bed. i think he likes the “boom boom” part, and the rhythmic text is so fun to chant as all the letters race up the coconut tree. it’s very playful and a fun way to learn our letters together.
2. the little engine that could, by watty piper. gosh, i love this one. i don’t think there is a better message in a book, than to not be afraid to try, and look at what you can do when you do try! we recite the phrase, “i think i can! i think i can!” a lot at our house. there are many things in life that are difficult or we don’t think we can do, but you never know until you try. and i sure hope my children always help others and try. also, it’s unfortunate, but several pages are missing from our copy because samson is so obsessed with trains these days he has torn a few pages out here and there so he could carry them around with him. that’s something else i hope i’m able to teach my children, to take care of books! kind of behind on that one, though.
3. my very first book of colors, by eric carle. we have several of eric carle’s books and i love them just as much as my littles do. this book of colors is fun because it’s all about matching the color on the top half with the fun picture on the bottom half. there is even a red firetruck in there! and you better believe we somehow land on that firetruck more than 4 times when samson is turning the pages. (ps. what did you do to teach your children colors? with eleanor, it came so easy. she seemed to pick it up as we’d recite “this grape is the color purple…. ” etc during our day. it’s been a bit more tough to get colors to stick with samson. any suggestions?)
4. charley harper 123s, by charley harper. we love charley’s bright and colorful illustrations at our house, and there are some of the most beautiful wildlife images on each page to accompany the numbers, one through ten. this page of creatures crawling, is samson’s favorite. maybe it’s because he can count to 5 really well! when we get to number six, we still sometimes get a little lost. ;)
ps. a few of our favorite interactive books here.