My 2 year old has been getting in on the reading action lately. Usually our routine is to read a book of each child’s choosing both before afternoon quiet time and then again before bed. With three kids choosing, we rack up some serious time reading time!
Now my youngest is insisting on choosing his *own* book for reading times too, and I thought I’d share some of his current favorites in case you need some library list inspiration for your little one. Of course, these are books tiny girls could certainly love, too – it just so happens my tiny one right now is a boy, and I do notice a bit of – shall we say? – masculine flair in his preferences.
This was one that one of my kids picked at the library that I was honestly was kind of “meh” about at first, but its proven entertaining. There are colors to point out, animal sounds to make, and my favorite – imaginative play is encouraged. I can also see this being a fun book for a beginner reader because the text is huge and fairly simple.
Of course you know about TVHC – how could you not? If you’re like me you got three copies of the board book alone during your first child’s babyhood. It has been such an enduring favorite around here that I made my little guy’s 2nd birthday cake an homage to the Caterpillar:
Okay, maybe hate is a bit too strong a word – more of a mental eyeroll. After having two sweet little girls who love princesses with no prompting from Mom whatsoever, my chosen defense to the superficial aspects of princess mania has become good princess books. This was a bit challenging at first, as the overt “princess books” that I found that outwardly poked fun at the whole princess genre were a bit too pushy and snarky for me. I don’t want to make fun of my girls, and I didn’t find those anti-princess books terribly well written. But over the years though happy library browsing accident, we’ve come across several excellent books that center around princesses who display courage, kindness, intelligence, compassion, and self sacrifice – all those things I want my daughter to admire over great hair and a tiny waist.
Mufaro has two daughters – both considered to be the most beautiful around. Although they are both lovely in form and face, the two sisters vary widely in their attitudes. One is hard-working and compassionate, the other is vain and cruel. As they journey to meet the prince, their true natures will become clear to their potential bridegroom. This book has been a wonderful jumping off point into the discussion of, “what makes someone beautiful?”
Rafe Martin / David Shannon
Shirley Climo / Ruth Heller