Thursday, March 8, 2012

Our favorite storybooks

It's National Reading Month, and my son is learning how to read. I can't think of a better time to share some of our favorite storybooks.

I'm proud that I have instilled in my son a love for books, but it will be a challenge as video games, movies and sports are gaining influence on his radar. His top requests for his fifth birthday are a Nintendo DS and an Xbox. Somehow I don't think he is going to be over the moon about the Dr. Seuss book I've already purchased.

That said, we always (ALWAYS) read at least one story before we say our prayers and turn off the lights at bedtime. This has been a part of our routine since he was a baby. Here are some of our favorites from the past five years.

This was one of my son's favorite board books and it was a hand-me-down. As many of us know, it's not as much about the story at is it is the storytelling. Here's a video of my son at nine months old squealing with laughter as his dad reads one of his favorites.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin

I suspect this is a favorite for many families (along with Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?) It has all the makings of a great story for toddlers: bright illustrations, repetition and and recognizable characters. I think I can still recite this one by heart.

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

I stapled the pages of this one together until there were hardly pages left to staple. Counting is a great excuse for sneaking snuggles and kisses from my little guy.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

This book is more for the moms. Someone gave me this book as a gift when my son was a newborn and I will keep it forever.

The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

Timeless. There is not much I can add about this classic. It was one of my favorites more than 25 years ago.

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Another title that has stood the test of time. First published 50 years ago, it's still read regularly at our house.

Just One More Swim by Caroline Pitcher (Illustrated by Jenny Jones)

Just One More Swim I picked up this hardcover at a Borders store closing and was taken by the illustrations. I gave it to my son for Christmas a few years ago. The story is about young polar bear cubs conquering their fear of the ocean and learning to swim.

If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

"A four-footed lion's not much of a beast. The one in my zoo will have ten feet, at least!"

You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano LoveThis is not one of my son's favorites, but it is one of mine so it's on the list. One of my closest friends recommended it. It's beautiful.