Hendrix is already a bibliophile, thanks in part to her extensive library, most of which we purchased and read before she was born. We read to her every day, and when we were pregnant some of our first purchases for her were books. We also read Goodnight Moon to her every night while she was in utero
While we are eventually looking forward to family time curled up in bed with a good book, we realize we are a few years away from all three of us reading independently. In the meantime, we have a designated library day were we choose a few books to read. We share the authors, illustrators, dedications and do our best to introduce new textures, colors and voices while reading. While reading is a part of her schedule every day, at least one day a week we expose her to new ideas, sounds, stories, colors, shapes and textures. Or when we feel like snuggling and cuddling, we take a stack of books to the bedroom and read for as long as we possibly can.
Books often end up in her mouth so we try and purchase as many board books as possible but some of our favorites are hardcover and will eventually be her keepsake books. We also keep books in every room, so she's able to explore and see her favorite things throughout the house.
Here are her current favorites and the titles we can't stop reading:
1. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer. Before we knew Hendrix was a girl, we were set on having a few of the Olivia books but now that our little lady is here, we are happy to report she owns every single one. These books are hilarious and the illustrations are gorgeous.
2. Rhymoceros by Janik Coat. Anything by Janik Coat is incredible. We have two of her books and we are m (im)patiently waiting for her newest release later this month. Her books introduce fun rhymes, textures and shapes.
3. Hippopposites by Janik Coat. Brilliant, fun and inventive.
4. Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli. There was a great review on this book in The Wall Street Journal a couple of months ago and we couldn't pass it up. The illustrations are breathtaking and it's the perfect book for a child when a parent goes back to work.
5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. A children's classic; Hendrix loves the rhymes and we often read 3-4 times in a row.
6. If I were a Unicorn by Jellycat. This is was gift from our close friends and we've been reading it since February. Hendrix loves the curly tail and loves how interactive the book is-- she loves tasting the curly tail and scratching the pearly horn.
7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. A sweet classic that helps her unwind and by far her favorite; she squeals anytime we say, "Goodnight Moon." We usually make our own Goodnight room routine once we finish the book to help her say goodnight and goodbye to the day.
What are your little ones reading and loving right now, or what are some of your childhood favorites?
Tov, George & Hendrix