I have been reading books to the boys since the day they were born and thankfully their love of books has grown with them.
I, too, love to read, so I don’t mind when they ask me to read book after book. However, we don’t have an endless supply of books and while they LOVE reading the same books over and over, while I don’t. I was very excited to get them library cards at the start of summer to help relieve me of some of that repetitiveness. Our literary summer was a fantastic revolution of books, with a couple of store bought ones sprinkled in. Here are our top books of this summer
When she finally stopped, she was far beyond the reef. Here the water was gloriously empty…no one watching, no one to hide from. “This, by far our favorite book of the summer. We bought it in our favorite books shop on Cape Cod and read it multiple times a week. It is a magical, sweet escape under the sea.
Trip Away; Make No Stay; Meet Me All By Break of Day. Hand in Hand With Fairy Grace, We Will Sing, And Bless This Place.” This BabyLit book feels so magical. I bought it thinking the boys would clearly become literary masters upon reading Shakespeare but we all fell in love with the poetry of fairies. Each have their favorite fairy and have since spent the summer going on fairy hunts.
Bear was a rambling musician. An entertainer. A legend. One bear extraordinaire. For the boys the sing-song way the book was written made it a favorite. For me it reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie so I didn’t mind reading Bear Extraordinaire on a loop.
I’m FRUSTRATED because I can’t do it. It’s hard and I want to cry. I don’t know whether to give it up or give it another try. The boys turned 3 and emotions have taken over. I found this at the library thinking it might help them to use their words when crisis takes over. It has helped immensely. They try to figure out the word for what they are feeling or I can help them identify it,instead of just having a tantrum. A parent win for me!
A is out of bed and this is what he said: “Dare, double dare you can’t catch me. I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.” This is always on a top list of letter books. I am not sure if it is the pile up of letters or the mischievous way they sneak out to climb the tree. I am sure we will be borrowing this one quite a few times.
“A peacock appeared. The little pea exclaimed: “I want to be like a peacock. With a tail as beautiful as a bouquet! The little pea picked up a feather and attached it with a string. My, how handsome am I?” The Little Pea’s independent spirit and confidence is one of my top wishes for the boys so I am happy to read this as much as they want, hoping those lessons sink in!
Sunday! Dream it day! Study, scribble, scheme day. Another score from our favorite East Coast book store. They get to pick out their own books now and Kellan picked this winner. It has all their favorite elements; trucks, animals, building and playgrounds.
A Giant Teddy Bear! “Is it Freddie? said Eddie. “What a surprise! How did you get to be this size?” I find this book so clever. I have no idea if the boys get that when reading it but they always bring this one over when I tell them to pick a book
Little Cloud changed into an airplane. Little cloud often saw airplanes flying through the clouds. Another favorite book, Sector 7, has turned the boys on to the magic of clouds. So this was a no brainer when we were choosing at the library. Everyone loves to imagine what a cloud looks like and of course, author, Eric Carle created a great book about that very thing.
Good night my precious child, may your dreams be long and sweet- And full of great adventures with the friends you’re soon to meet. I am always on the look out for the perfect bed-time book. And this one is pretty close. Magical dreams of animals and the forest are what I always want the boys to have when they sleep.
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