Jude loves books. He loves them as much as his library addicted mother and his book collecting father. We read many times a day. I have books pressed at me often, and I will never tire of the feeling of Jude curled up in my lap, even if it means reading that story again. With this love in mind, I wanted to share some of his very favorites with you. There are many great resources for toddler age reading lists. I found this one on Sew Liberated and this one on Prudent Baby very helpful. My plan is to introduce a few of our favorites at a time, and I would love to hear your suggestions and input too. It'll be kind of like a no-obligation Baby Book Club.
I thought we'd do this Chuck Palahniuk style and begin at the end...of the day that is. Bedtime stories, the ones that end with goodnight. Bedtime stories have been part of our go-to-sleep routine from the start, and while we don't always read a "bedtime" specific book before bed, there are a few on regular rotation.
1. The Classic: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
-Jude loves it because: we've been reading it from day number one, and it has a beautiful, calming rhythm.
-Mom loves it because: it was the first book she ever "read" (AKA memorized).
2. The Most Fun to Read: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- Jude loves it because: the pictures are great, the pace is just right, and mom and dad read it with lots of expression.
- Mom loves it because: it is really fun to read with dramatic flair, and the moral is perfect: no drama.
3. The Coolest Illustrations: Twinkle illustrated by Scott M. Fischer
- Jude loves it because: the little boy looks like him, and the middle page opens up poster sized.
- Mom loves it because: the illustrations rule, and it's short and sweet.
4. The Newcomer: The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska
- Jude loves it because: the pictures are interesting and uncluttered, and the story is simple and relaxing.
- Mom loves it because: the illustrations are adorable, the sentiment is charming, and pages can be skipped easily.
Do have a favorite bedtime story? Have you read any of these? I'd love to know what you (and your little ones) think.
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