Reading with Madison is becoming more and more fun! If she isn’t too tired or hungry, she will sit through books with much more text per page. She is also getting to the point where she is remembering stories and starting to say key words or phrases as we go. Here is a list of some recent favorites:
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Madison is in love with this book. I am afraid of the upcoming library due date and it will probably be a repeat check out if not a future buy. It has cute illustrations and text and I love how much she loves it.
Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres, Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
This is such a cute book about gardening. I love the rhymes and I love how I hear Madi repeating, “around and around. . .” I think this is a good book to talk about gardening, vegetables, and healthy eating.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros, Illustrated by Elisa Kleven
This book has the most beautiful illustrations and it’s a wonderful story of a little girl and her grandma (abuela) flying around their city. I love the Spanish words interspersed throughout and especially how it doesn’t tell you explicitly what they mean but interweaves the meanings into the text (there is also a little phrase dictionary in the back).
Up and Down with Kate by Kay Chorao
This is an easy reader with 4 separate stories in it. I love it because it is almost like a chapter book for babies. The illustrations are great and it is the perfect balance of text to picture. I think reading this book with Madison is engaging her and also helping her extend her attention span.
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
I saved my favorite for last! I LOVE this book! It takes you through several simple yoga poses with simple explanations (easy enough for a toddler to do) and then compares the pose to an animal. Madison loves it and so do other children I’ve read it with. This is a must buy for us!
Reading to children is so vital for them! The most important thing you can do is just start where you are and set aside time for it every day. What have you been reading with your children?