So if we're talking about books this week, I wanted to share some of our favorites. The favorite author in our house is Mo Willems. If you know Mo you are probably familiar with Knuffle Bunny, the hot-dog-eating Pigeon and that crazy Pig and Elephant duo. I love Mo because he doesn't dumb down his writing for children. He incorporates messages into his books (like sharing, patience, acceptance) but makes those books funny so kids want to read them. When my son first started reading we would read the pig and elephant books and act them out. I haven't met a Mo Willems book I didn't like.
1. There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems. This book had my kids (ok, me too) laughing again and again. This is also a great book for helping to read with expression!
2. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. If your child has a lovey, you will lovey this book. I know, I just cringed too. Anyway, this is a really sweet read. We dig the city backdrop and the photos incorporated with illustrations. You're so cool Mo Willems.
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The illustrations are fun. And, we have taken one of the author's favorite lines and made it a rule in our home: "You get what you get and you don't get upset." This is a favorite of a certain little girl in our home. Pink, pink, pink!
4. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Apparently many other people dig this story because it was recently made into a great short film. I love any tale that involves an underdog outwitting his nemesis. It's one of the few times I cheer for a mouse.
5. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
This is a classic. I dare you not to read the book and try to sound like Grover. "YOU TURNED ANOTHER PAGE!"
6. The I Love You Book by Todd Parr
The Todd Parr books are beautiful books. Love the illustrations and love the messages and sentiments...I love you no matter what!
7. A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
The illustrations in this book are awesome but the story is equally cute. It's about being true to yourself.
You can watch Sean Astin read it here (clearly he was robbed of an Oscar ;)):
8. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
I remember reading these poems when I was a little girl. My favorite was about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out. My kids love "Sick" and "What's In The Sack?"
9. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.
Though there are few words, this book has become a sought-after one in our home. We sing the song they play in the cartoons when the characters are tiptoeing. Does anyone know the title of that song?! Do you know what I'm talking about? Please tell me because I can't find it!
10. Mr. Nonsense by Roger Hargreaves
The Little Miss and Mr. Men books are pretty popular in our household. Mr Nonsense is at the top of the list. It's a British book so it has different spellings...like drafts is spelled "draughts" and it gets me every time. Thankfully, my three year old corrects me when I stumble. Gotta love a book where the main character makes square snowballs.
Ok, that's our current list. It's always changing. In addition to these books I love the following quote by Maya Angelou:
Off to read,
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
PS What are some favorite books in your houses?