I have loved all of the books EJ has shared over the past two weeks as part of the 5-A-Day-Books Challenge over at The Imagination Tree. This week it is my turn to share a few books (now that we are back from our family vacation). To be honest, this challenge is hard for me! We read books throughout the week but some days are so busy we only read one at naptime and one at bedtime... and then other days we sit with a stack of books at read 10 within one hour!
Either way, we're reading... so that's great... but I love this challenge because it is something new and really is a challenge at our house. 🙂 I get bored of the same books over and over again, but my son loves to read the same things again and again, so he is a fan of this challenge too!
This week I am tweaking my challenge a bit and am focusing on reading to my six-month old daughter. She is lucky to get to read a book at her level (or close to her level) once a week right now. Normally she just sits on my lap while I read with my three-year-old.
I definitely think she could benefit from her own mommy and me storytime (at least 5 books a day)... so that is my goal this week! My son has summer camp a few mornings this week, so I might actually accomplish this challenge 🙂 Wish me luck!
Here are my book choices for this week:
1. Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
We love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? and read this with my son every chance we got when he was younger. He loved telling me the story and my husband and I both had it memorized! I got the Panda Bear version so that we could mix things up a bit and try something new. I love talking about the different colors and special animals featured in the book!
We saw pandas last week at the San Diego Zoo, so I think even my son will enjoy reading this book again with us this week too!
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This board book is so loved that I really should buy a new one for my daughter. I love how simply this book teaches about the life cycle of a butterfly and I made up actions that include tickling whoever is on my lap while we are reading... so this book is always a hit! I haven't read it to my daughter yet, but I have a feeling after this week she will love it as much as her brother still does!
3. Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
We loved all of Matthew Van Fleet's books. My daughter loves anything she can touch right now, so I think this book will be perfect for her. She also adores animals. The little flaps you can lift and different textures within the book make it perfect for little fingers.
4. That's Not My Princess by Fiona Watt
This was the first girly book that entered our house. We still don't have any other princess or truly girly books yet... This book is simple and has a new texture to touch on each page. I never thought that we would have a little girl, so every time my daughter and I read it together I love thinking of all of the girly fun we have ahead of us! Bring on the pink, sparkles, and princess dresses! 🙂 I am excited to read this a bunch each day this week.
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Because of this book, my son still loves to say goodnight to his toys and different objects around the house each night. We haven't read this book regularly in over two years (after reading it practically every day for my son's first year, we retired it for a bit ;))... I am excited to break it out and read it with my daughter. I love talking about all of the little details in each picture... and finding the little mouse.
These are just a few of our favorites. Do you have any baby board books you love to read at your house?
We'll be adding our post to this week's The Imagination Tree's 5-A-Day Books Challenge link up. I love the dog theme over there this week 🙂
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