What we’re reading

I’m always interested in new books to slide into Olivia’s bookcase, so I thought y’all might appreciate knowing what’s in our regular rotation at the moment.

First, let me say that there are times where we read the same book three times every night for a month. I’m so not joking. In fact, we read Olivia Helps with Christmas for MONTHS. Like, WELL into shorts weather. I’m sure some of you can commiserate, right? The day she went for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom instead? Well, I’m not going to lie. I may have welled up a bit in relief.

I might be getting a little misty right now just recalling it. AHEM. Where were we?

Oh, yes. The list. Without further ado, here’s the list of the ten favorites (in random order) we are currently cycling through with our three year old…

  1. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.
    This is a fun one for me.  There is a catchy refrain, the illustrations are awesome and teaches two things: colors AND not to sweat the small stuff. As Pete says, it’s all good.
  2. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.
    One of the board book classics that Olivia still goes nuts for. In fact, she loves all of the Boynton books, but this is a clear front runner. She “reads” it to me every night (ah, memorization, makin mama’s life a little easier…). The only part I don’t get is why they go upstairs to exercise AFTER they’ve had their baths. Ew.
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
    This is a big favorite in preschool and she loves reading all the steps they take to get to the bear… and then run away from it.
  4. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson.
    CLASSIC. It took a few reads for Olivia to understand that the entire story is a work of Harold’s imagination and now she is obsessed with it. And, luckily? Not drawing on the walls with crayons. Yet.
  5. Olivia by Ian Falconer.
    OK, girlfriend loves anything with her name involved. Big fan of spelling her name out and comparing herself to Olivia. And no, I honestly had no idea this series existed when I chose my daughter’s name and even if I had, it wouldn’t have swayed me from naming her Olivia. (I get this question a lot.) This book is the first and best of the Olivia series, in my opinion. There is a scene where Olivia is sent to time out for painting the walls. Hm, maybe that’s why my Olivia doesn’t color with the purple crayon. Yeah, books!

    This is so true for my Olivia as well. SO TRUE.
  6. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems.
    Oh, man. This is certainly MY favorite book. Hands down. It’s hilarious. If you don’t have it, PLEASE get it. Olivia and I read it together. She reads the part of the duckling and I get to be the pigeon. There are lessons and all that, but really? It’s just funny for me. Another pigeon fave is Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. LOVE. But, sadly, Olivia is over that one for now. IN DUE TIME, LIV.
  7. Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems.
    I might love everything he writes. This is the follow up to Knuffle Bunny and it’s adorable. Pretty sure I can’t move on to Knuffle Bunny Free because that sounds too much like Trixie is growing up and I am in legit denial that that’s even a possibility for Olivia. I know. I KNOW.
  8. The Family Book by Todd Parr.
    Genius. Everything about this book is genius. It’s a very matter of fact way of letting kids know about all kinds of families. Single parents, gay parents, divorced parents, blended families,  adopted children… We may look a little different, but underneath that, our hearts are all just full of the same love. Easy peasy. If only grown ups would understand this as easily as children.
  9. If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond.
    I admit it. I cry a teeny bit every time I read this one. And Olivia always says, “Mom, I won’t get big if it makes you sad.” I KNOW, RIGHT?! Sigh.
  10. Brava, Strega Nona! by Tomie dePaola.
    My mother-in-law gave this, a worn and weathered copy of a pop up book, to Olivia last year and we recently brought it out. She is enraptured by it and I have to admit, so am I. The illustrations and pop ups are just incredible. The story is just as sweet.

I hope you’ve found at least one new book to put in your roster and would completely love if you’d share your child’s current favorites, too. Always looking to add to the stacks!

3 thoughts on “What we’re reading

  1. Just reading the title ‘If I could keep you little’ made me tear…I think I’m gonna have to pass on that one. I’m such a huge sap when it comes to children’s books – its baaaad.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations, Steph. I can’t wait to add some of these to our collection. Here are a couple of my girl’s favorites:

    – Gilbert Goldfish Wants A Pet by Kelly DiPucchio.
    – Franny’s Friends by Catarina Kruusval

    Both are adorable stories I don’t mind reading over and over.

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