Story time these last three months has been filled with a LOT of books. Like, 20 minutes of stories each night. And while we have approximately 100 books on the bookshelf, we usually read the same ones over and over.
I’ve been reading to her in both English and Spanish (with a French book thrown in), but to keep the post manageable, here are my daughter’s favorite English language books during her 15-18 months.
This book is full of contrasting imagery, a decent pace of dialogue (though no consistent rhyming), and a sweet story that is easy to read over and over again.
“Doggy” was my daughter’s first official word, so it’s no surprise she loved this book. Count to 10 with different doggy sounds. Thanks to Sandra Boynton for giving the out-loud readers a break on pages 6 and 9.
A friend gifted us with this book and it was the first Llama Llama addition to our bookshelf. I enjoy reading this book as it allows me to show her ways I can use my voice (like whispering, calling, whimpering, weeping, wailing, etc.) which keeps her actively engaged and always asking for “More, more!”
The same friend gifted us Little Blue Truck and these two became fast favorites. This book has many sounds for the animals and the vehicles, and a heartwarming story to boot. It was easy to memorize and the rhyming is fun to read aloud.
We have a lot of fun reading this book because it gives me a chance to act out the story as I’m reading it. I point out her mouth, ears, eyes, nose, and then give her arms, belly, legs, and ten tiny toes little squeezes as we go along. It’s a sweet way for us to participate in story time together and teaches her body parts at the same time.
We sing this song at library story time, so it is a perfect tie-in to have at home. Instead of just reading, I will sing this book and we both rock back and forth to the song.
We started reading this book before I showed my daughter the movie, and it proved to be a fun read without knowing Frozen. She now knows the movie, however, and everything is about Olaf.