So would you like to know which books I can currently recite from memory?
These five books are getting lots of attention these days, I think some of the others are a little jealous (don't worry, those are still well loved). The pages of these books have been turned more times than one would care to count (especially the first pick; it was mine for goodness sake), but the enthusiasm for what is on them has yet to fade. As with all Baby Book Club posts, I only feature books that Jude and I both like. (You will never see Brown Bear, Brown Bear reviewed here.) So without further ado, here's the low down on what we've been reading at least once a day:
1. The Counting Comedy: Wacky Wednesday by Dr Seuss (as Theo LeSieg), illustrated by George Booth
Jude loves it because: each page has so much to look at and discover. Plus, it's silly, or should I say, wacky!
Mom loves it because: it was one of my favorites when I was little. Any book with the phrase "by cracky" is a-ok with me.
2. The Tasty Tall Tale: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett
Jude loves it because: he could look at the pictures for hours, and the story, while not brief, holds his rapt attention.
Mom loves it because: the story is so wonderfully imaginative, and the illustrations are full of humorous details.
3. El Gato Loco: SkippyJon Jones by Judy Schachner
Jude loves it because: the story is action packed and that mischievous kitty boy is a crack up!
Mom loves it because: she gets to use her very best Spanish accent, and even sing a little. Plus, I've got a soft spot for siamese cats.
4. The First Day Fable: Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse
Jude loves it because: it captures the excitement and adjustment little ones feel about a big change (like starting school). Plus, he loves Charlie Horse and whistling.
Mom loves it: because the illustrations are adorable, and it's fun to narrate.
5. The Magic of Monsters: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Jude loves it because: he is equal parts spooked and delighted.
Mom loves it because: it is one of those perfect children's books: neither sickly sweet nor blandly boring, but beautiful and deep, simple and subtle.
Have you read any of these? What do you think?
What books are in heavy rotation at your house?