So J-Funk recently did a blog post on her daughter, Layla's, favorite baby books. I thought this was a FANTASTIC idea because we LOVE books over here in Minneapoland and we are always looking for new recommendations! (Thanks J-Funk! We're going to check out some of Layla's faves soon!) We hit a few consignment sales this spring and loaded up on board books because Amelia is a READER. She LOVES her books and will pull them off the shelves and sit down and read them all by herself, and we have to read at least 3 books every night before bed (sometimes more, lots more). Books are constantly scattered across our house, but it is awesome.
Here are Mia's current faves:
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss - her all time favorite. She will make us read this OVER AND OVER. I think it's got to be the rhythm that she loves so much. She also likes to point to one picture in the middle of the story that she believes is a doggy.
Which brings us to...That's Not My Puppy by Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells. She actually received That's Not My Snowman for Christmas, and she loved it, but when we found this one, we knew that would become a quick fave! J-Funk mentioned that Layla has That's Not My Tractor: hint, hint Grandpa Jon!
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. She doesn't actually let us read this entire story yet, but each page has a different animal on it and she loves to hear us do the different animal noises! The first page has a sun on it, so instead of doing an animal noise, I started saying "Good morning!" and I didn't realize that I would always tilt my head when I did so until she starting mimicking me! So now whenever we say "Good morning!" she tilts her head (very dramatically - it almost touches her shoulder) and smiles.
Along the animal noise theme, she recently fell in love with this book: Let's Go To the Farm, a Fisher Price Little People lift-the-flap book. It's a big board book, with a TON of flaps for her to lift up on each page. We haven't gone through all of the flaps, mostly because we were trying to preserve it for awhile (she's wreaked havoc on a number of flap books!), but each page goes through different subjects, e.g. shapes, colors, animal babies, animal noises, etc.
She also really loves Five Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth, which has five plastic ladybugs that disappear with each page turn. We have a few of these (Five Little Monkeys, Five Wishing Stars), but the ladybugs are her favorite. Good counting practice!
This doesn't even really scratch the surface! We have a TON of books, but are always looking for new recommendations, so please send them our way!