Book Club (one)
BOOKS! One of Remy's favorite things to do is read, more accurately, have me read stories to her! Most parents will tell you their kids love books, and we know it's mostly looking at the pictures when its this young, but we all hope to foster a love of reading as they get older. I know I do!
Remy's latest favorite thing to do is obsess over the Land of Nod catalogs when she's eating her meals. We always laugh and look at each other like, "Is she really only 17 months?!" She is full of character!
I wanted to start to share with you some of the books Remy loves and hopefully this list will come in handy for your own toddler at home, or perhaps a niece or nephew or God son...A favorite area of the thrift store is the book section! You can find so many awesome books for $2.99 or less, and don't get me started on the half off sticker days! With the holiday season coming faster than you can say "Saint Nick," what better time than now to start a book list going for gift giving?
1. "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?" by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague- We were reading this NIGHTLY! Love the illustrations, and the lessons to go to bed...
This is my favorite part of the book! Feel free to act it out!
2. "How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?" by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague- FOUND recently to complement the one above! Had no idea they were a series! Will be fun to collect more! Love these!
I love how these books also use bigger words to challenge. GLARE! Again, act out with your babe!
3. "Eye Spy Shapes" (A peephole Book) by Debbie MacKinnon & Anthea Sieveking- Simple cut outs of basic shapes make this a fun, interactive read. The images in each shape category are perfect for Q & A lessons to learn new words.
Go through each item in the photograph and emphasize the shapes.
4. "Put ME in the Zoo" by Robert Lopshire- This was a gift, and we love it! Don't worry about the length of pages, it is a short read, and you should always challenge your little book worm.
Early counting skills, One, two, three!
5. "Why oh Why Does Baby Cry?" by Matthew J. Kempler & illustrated by Susan Mitchell- I think this was a TJ Maxx find, another great source for children's books. I bought this way before I even had Remy, and it became one of her favorites, and came in handy for momma when Arlo came along. It is an interactive lift and pull tab book and goes through all of the reasons a baby could be sad.
6. "My First Colors" Board Book- www.dk.com- This was a rare Barnes & Noble purchase. Sometimes when you're there and reading, and the mood strikes you, you just have to splurge. This is a great one, and perfect for small hands. Remy loves looking at it and has since she was crawling at around 7 months! This is another great one for learning new words and associating with colors.
Clearly, we love "Ye-yo" around here! Almost mastered all the objects with recognition and pointing!
7. "Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?" by Barney Saltzberg- Perfect if you are expecting another baby. I found this thrifting after I and Arlo and it was perfect. Remy has actually requested to read this several times. A cute, SHORT, read with cute illustrations.
Ahhh...makes me want to cry!
8. "My New Baby" illustrated by Annie Kubler by Child's Play- I found this one the same day as the above book, and it is wordless so you can go through and explain the story yourself and when they are older, hopefully they can create a story on their own. This is another cute one if you are expecting another baby close in age to a toddler.
We call this little tangly haired kiddo Remy and the baby Arlo...
What are your favorite reads right now for 0-18 months? I am always adding to my list!