If you read this blog regularly, you've probably realized that I read a lot. What you don't know is that the books I cover on this blog don't even scratch the surface. Most of the books I read I read out loud to my children. Every day. Over and over. Until I feel certain I would rather stab my eyeballs out than read Olivia's Butterfly Adventure one more time. If you're in the same boat, here are a few of my favorites, the ones that I still like reading even after 400 repetitions.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Stead
Description: Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day - "Ah-choo!" - he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
There's a Book, and I have read it nearly every day since.
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. JoosseDescription: Set in the wilderness of Alaska, this book tells the tale of a young girl out to find the limits of her mother's patience.
Why We Love It: Parents love you all the time, even when you make mistakes! This is a very cute book with a very important lesson. My kids love to make up their own scenarios in the pattern of the story. Kid: What if I filled the toilet with toys and then flushed it? Me: Well, sweetheart, you did that yesterday and I'm still here, so...
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen BeaumontDescription: A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama! (goodreads)
Why We Love It: I have a bit of a soft spot for books about children behaving badly. The kid in this story is just loving his painting so much that it's hard to disapprove. Besides, it's not my house he's destroying :) My kids laugh through this whole book, jumping ahead of me to come up with the rhyming body part that is going to be decorated next ("like an Easter egg, gonna paint my... LEG!"). They end up singing the whole book themselves.
Tell me: Those are a few of my faves. Fellow read-alouders, what are yours?