Book Club (two)
For Christmas I had found Remy a stack of near new books while out thrifting...well...except one book. "Duck on a Bike" happens to be missing a crucial page, but good thing this momma knows how to improvise! Here's the second installment of my little Book Club series. My favorite favorite thing to do with Remy is story time before bed. She is calm and sweet, settled down and oh so cuddly. She curls up on my lap, I put my feet up on the side of her crib and we read together. I hope this routine continues, and soon enough with Arlo on my lap too.
We're up to three books a night! And the stories are getting wordier! We stop when she starts flipping to the end of a book- that's when I know she's sleepy.
Here are her favorite books lately...You can see our first Book Club post here.
From left to right, top to bottom.
"The Bugliest Bug"- by Carol Diggory Shields, illustrated by Scott Nash.
Just missing its dust jacket! A really cute book about a smart little bug who gets his friends out of a pickle. Fun read and cute pictures. My favorite part...
2. "If You're Happy and You Know It!" - by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner. This was also a Christmas gift. I love that this is a twist on a classic American baby song. Everyone knows this one! The author gets more involved by adding a slew of animals and lots of onomatopoeia! I love to read it with different voices!
3. "How I Became a Pirate" by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon. This illustrator is incredible! I am too busy reading to Remy, but sometime I really want to read through this myself and check out all the detail in these images. This one was another Christmas gift, thrifting find. Turned out to be a gem too because the boy in the story plays soccer. Baba's favorite...Remy is so funny, everything is "Baby" to her, including this little character. She cracks me up when we get to certain pages and points at his big round eyes, "BABY!"
4. "Duck on a Bike" by David Shannon. I found this one thrifting too! I have a knack for it I guess... but I wasn't too careful...this one is missing a page and Remy always points it out, "Oh no!" An easy, short read, good for learning those animals and sounds...as if we didn't already have enough books and toys about farm animals. But great pictures, again.
5. "I'm a Big Sister" by Ronne Randall and Kristina Stephenson. Yet another Christmas book gift, and thrift score. Mint condition! Of course I HAD to add this to her collection. Still pushing that it's cool to be a big sis... This sis dup has a larger age gap, so the big sis can do a little more than Remy, but it is still a great reinforcement tool about how to help mommy with the baby. I am really excited about summer when I can sit on a blankie in a park with these two and lick ice cream cones at Washington Park!
6. "On My Way to the Bath" by Sarah Maizes and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas. The best part about reading to Remy is that I can act out stories and make her smile and laugh with my impersonations. This one is also one of my favorites to READ out loud to her. And how cute is this little girl?! She reminds me of my Remy and we are finally able to put her hair up into pig tails and they look just like these! Remy's favorite part is when the little girl scares the peanuts out of her momma, much like real life...
What are you and your tater tots reading these days? There are several books on my wish list that I am sure I won't find in the near future at the thrift, so I have a running wish list of them on Amazon.
On a side note, I have heard how some parents loathe going to story time with their kiddos and it makes me sad, because it isn't about what you like anymore, it's about what they like and what they need. No saint, I am learning this each day...my husband reminds me of it thankfully. In fact, it came up last night after I scolded him for making the cookies too big. I mean, the guy was making my cookies for me while I put our daughter to bed! I came down and he had the cutest grin on his face and I was a hormonal crazy. He wanted a big cookie and he had half the cookie batter in a ball ready to pop in the oven. My first reaction was to overreact and get upset. WHY?! How cute is he?! He is so whimsical and fancy free! He asked me if I would get upset at Remy if she wanted to do something fun like that when she gets older. I gulped, stepped outside myself and made his "big cookie." He is definitely the "fun" one. He reminds me to be less structured and more carefree.