What Wyatt’s Reading – Valentine’s Day edition

I have been reading to Wyatt since he was in his isolette in the NICU, day 2 of his life. I would read The Poky Little Puppy, and then Billy started reading him The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, through the little porthole window. And we have never stopped reading to him. I have shelves and shelves of picture books, so many that I had to start offloading my own book collection. But it is something we have always done together and we all love. I recently started reading every night to Billy and Wyatt, and not just picture books. Wyatt knows now, and around that time of night, asks for me to read. I love that he already loves reading and books as much as I do! This month we have read a wide variety of books, but of course we focused on Valentine’s Day! Holiday books are awesome! Here are a few of our favorites..

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The Llama Llama series is one we read all the time, in all its forms. I of course love Llama Llama I Love You because of the relationship between Llama Mama and her little one. And Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar is another one we love – but then, Wyatt loves the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This one is super cute and pretty simple too. Porcupining has been a favorite of mine for years, and I am always excited to read it to Wyatt around Valentine’s Day- it’s about a poor forlorn porcupine just looking for love. Will he find it? Read and find out! Hedgehugs is sort of similar in that prickly sort of way – I guess when you are a quilled animal hugging and finding someone to love you is difficult! These two are not technically Valentine’s Day but they are about love so I always read them to him this time of year. And then I picked up Snowy Valentine because of that adorable cover. I can’t tell you what Wyatt thinks of it yet, since it is actually his Valentine’s Day gift from us! I also found a read aloud of it online, if you want to check it out!

And since we are a bug loving family, Slugs in Love is another one that is fun. It must be love, when you love a slime trail. I LOVE reading The Ballad of Valentine, as it is set to the tune of Clementine. I dare you to try to read this without singing! Wyatt loves this one too, because, well singing. My little music loving boy.

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You , Love Splat, and Little Blue Truck’s Valentine are two more from some of our favorite character books. Love, Splat is another book from my past working in the library. ALL the kids wanted the Splat the Cat books, and Wyatt is no exception. I have to be honest, they are not my favorite but seem to be a hit with the under ten category. Lol. Wyatt loves all the Little Blue Truck books, and honestly so do I. They are pretty cute. I saw there is a Little Blue Truck Springtime that we haven’t read yet and I am kind of excited to read it! I guess I have a new type of TBR going… And Doreen Cronin’s books on the farm are always great too, and Click, Clack, Moo I Love You even has one of my favorite animals make an appearance – a fox. We read this one over and over!

How about you all? Any Valentine favorites? I would love to hear about them!

What Wyatt’s Reading – December

This is a very image heavy post, I apologize! We read like crazy this month! When I returned books to the library the other day, I could barely lift the bag, and this is with us going every week as well. I check out books for the month and also weekly, and rotate them out. The favorites we keep for the time, which is only one week longer than we are allotted (I of course renew those) and then some we read just once and they go back. And then of course our own well stocked library here at home contributes to our reading…. Anyway, I have listed here our favorites this month, some Wyatt’s, some mine, some both of us.

Wyatt is a big fan of the Duck and Goose books, as well as the Bear Stays Up books. I like the Bear Stays Up books too, they are cute! And I also like Duck and Goose purely because sometimes you need a quick fast read, and those are perfect for that. We also really loved Marion Dane Bauer this month, reading Winter Dance and The Longest Night quite a few times. I enjoyed Long Night Moon, and discovering different names for the different full moons and it was well done between the illustrations and text. Owl Moon is a winter favorite around here – this is one of the first books we ever bought Wyatt, and we read it to him all the time. And I have to admit, I checked out The Christmas Quiet Book as a hint to my child…. lol. An introvert raising an extrovert over here.

Jingle Bells and My Christmas Treasury are great reads for learning about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries, something I have loved since first reading about it in My Christmas Treasury when I was around Wyatt’s age. I actually had to buy that book used, I couldn’t find it anywhere! Bear’s First Christmas is just beautiful and a story of a bear waking up in the winter – it’s a long one but good. Wyatt loved Christmas Wombat and Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I have to admit, I did too. I love A Homemade Together Christmas, about a family who opts to make their gifts that year. A very sweet story told in a very easily accessible way for kids. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree has been a favorite of mine for years, and Wyatt really liked it too. I love this tale of how one tree can make so many different families happy! Then Wyatt’s two stand out favorites this year – Little Christmas Tree and The Animals’ Christmas Eve. We probably read these two books a million times. The Animals’ Christmas Eve is about the stable animals remembering a long ago Christmas in Bethlehem, while Little Christmas Tree is well, about a Little Christmas Tree in the woods, and all the other flora and fauna in the woods. It is beautiful and glittery and has little lift the flaps.

Did your families read any good picture books this month? Let me know, we are always looking for more!

What Wyatt’s Reading – November

It has been a great reading month for Wyatt and I! It was the Beaver Moon this past month, so we read a bunch of books with beaver characters. We also read a lot of fall books, with owls and Thanksgiving, and then threw in a little winter there at the end. Here is a round up of our favorites!

Thanksgiving in the Woods and Owl Moon are two favorites around here. We all love these two books. I would love to one day have a Thanksgiving out in the woods, under the trees like the family does in that picture book. How magical it would be! Owl Moon is one we gave Wyatt for his first Christmas – Billy and I go on an owl walk every year with our local Metropark (sometimes more than one) to call owls to get a glimpse. We went last Saturday and just being in the woods at night is a treat. We can’t wait to take Wyatt – he is just not quiet enough right now. Lol.

Wyatt really loved The Mukluk Ball, Sophie’s Squash, Owl Sees Owl, Look Whooo’s Counting, and The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow. That one was so cute honestly. And the Little Snowplow has a birthday in early March, just like Wyatt! Bird Count and Winter is Coming were both wonderful, but too much for Wyatt right now – a little long for him. Winter is Coming is beautiful though, I actually enjoyed reading it for myself. Lol. It was lyrical and beautifully illustrated, and I loved the descriptions of fall ending and winter coming. I loved that the author described the sound of a goose as gray and sad and eternal. It just seemed so perfect. That is one I am definitely buying for our home library. We were talking last night about what signs in nature symbolize the end of the year to us, and geese flying south is definitely one of them around here. Is there anything that says winter is coming to you, besides the dropping temperatures and maybe snow or rain?

What Wyatt’s Reading – August

We have been reading like crazy over here! I usually do this post at the end of the month or I try to, but we have been reading so much that I posted early. These are our favorites so far this month… some his, some mine lol.

I am Not a Skunk is a super adorable book about a cat that was mistaken for a skunk – when the family realized it really was a cat, they gave him a home! We were graciously gifted this book by author Ellen Pilch, and Wyatt loves it! The cat in the book looks so much like our Maggie cat!

We read two Mermaid books too – Wyatt loved the story of Pearl, a mermaid whose job it was to raise the moon, and I loved Tallulah, and her petoskey stone. (plus, we are Michiganders!)

I have read Over in a River over and over and over…this was a favorite of Wyatt’s. It had a great map of some of the rivers of the United States and the animals that call those rivers home. Really cool.

Leo Lionni, Kevin Henkes, and Eric Carle are perennial favorites, am I right? I totally love Henkes books and was so excited to share them with Wyatt when he was born. He loves them too, and he is also a fan of Lionni, an author I never really was super drawn to but now see the appeal, thanks to the kiddo. And Eric Carle is just so talented! I do have to say the illustration in this book of the grouchy ladybug saying “Go away” kind of makes me giggle, which is wrong, I know. Something about it though…lol.

Finally our pal Crinkleroot! I love these books to teach Wyatt about nature. This one is a little advanced for him but was a good place to start. And I learned from it too!

Have you read any of these?

What Wyatt’s Reading: July

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We have been reading up a storm this summer! I missed May and June, and I don’t want to list every book that we have read together, that would be overload, so I am just going to share a few of our favorites from July, as well as the few we read together as part of Paris in July. I got the kiddo in on the action! Lol.

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First up, our Paris/France reads!

Kitty Kat Kitty Kat Where Have you Been was such a fun look at all the places to visit in Paris – and even included a page on the Tour de France! That was a fun one to read together, since Wyatt knows that we are watching the Tour since it is on everyday for a while. Lol.

The Cat Who Walked Across France – This book was so good, but it was also so sad! 😦 I did love the ending though.

Babar’s Guide to Paris – Another “travel guide” for kids to Paris, but this one beloved character Babar and family introduced not just to places, but the lifestyle and culture – of course, in a kid friendly way. I loved it.

And finally, Madeline. What can I say about this classic that I read when I was a child? Just such a great little book.

And now for our favorites so far for July!

We read Imogene’s Antlers and Deer Dancer the same day that we made Wyatt’s own antler crown. They were both fantastic stories and Wyatt loved having his own antlers after seeing the book character’s antlers. Lol. Wyatt absolutely love Little Blue Truck – I read it so many times to him. We are going to have to read the rest! We also read Summertime in the Big Woods, which was a bit long for him so we read it in chunks at lunch time. I loved this one because Little House was my favorite book series as a kid, and I like introducing it this way to Wyatt before we get into the big chapter books. Wait Till the Moon is Full is another long one, but Wyatt didn’t seem to mind as much, but he loves the moon and night sky. And then finally The Things that I Love About Trees was another good one as we spend a lot of time lately under our own tree.

Any recommendations or favorite picture books? I love to find new ones!

Our Favorite Halloween Reads

 I love Halloween! One thing I love doing is hitting the library for Halloween books for the boy. Some of the ones we get are new, some of them you need a wayback machine for. These are the ones that I have made sure to grab, because they were my favorites growing up, and while they may not look as sleek and shiny and flashy, they are still great stories!

Samurai Scarecrow was a new addition to our holiday reading this year, as was Duck and Goose. I loved both, although they were very different. Samurai Scarecrow had great illustrations, while Duck and Goose was a Wyatt pick – he loves Duck and Goose. A lot. It was a long book so be warned. Lol.

Gus was a Friendly Ghost and Georgie’s Halloween are my two old favorites. I simply adore these sweet little ghosts. I also love the other Georgie books too. I know Gus has other books but I haven’t read them. I probably should!

Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat is super cool!! It is well loved here, both for the story and for the art, which is three dimensional and multi-media (I think this is the right way to describe it!) The author, Muncaster, is a miniaturist, who made tiny miniatures and then photographed them as the accompanying illustrations.

Room on the Broom and Click Clack Boo are just great reads. Simply put, Wyatt just loves sitting in my lap listening to them. Finally, A Dark, Dark Tale I picked up at a garage sale for its kind of creepy art. It doesn’t disappoint!

As for me, around Halloween I usually turn to books about witches and ghosts. These are a few of my top favorite witchy witch books and series. I am always looking for more, so please hit me with your recommendations!

 

How about you? Are you a seasonal reader? Any favorites? I’d love to hear them!

 

 

What Wyatt’s Reading: August Wrap Up

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Happy Read a Book Day!

It has been a long time since I posted one of these, and I figured today would be a great day to celebrate some of the books Wyatt and I have been reading. We read so many books over the summer! Wyatt loves to read, I have stashes of books for him all over the house for him to pull out and look through. He is so cute, he will riffle through the pages, point to pictures, and say, “Oooh mom, ooh!” My reader’s heart loves that he loves books. These are some of the top winners that we read together in August.

These were a few that we particularly loved last month. Wyatt went everywhere for a while carrying Eric Carle’s Do You Want to Be My Friend, and also really loved Big Bear, Small Mouse and The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. I remember loving Eric Carle as a kid too, it is so neat to see that Wyatt really enjoys him as well. I loved Full Moon Lore and An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth, especially the latter. I think these will all have to be added to our permanent collection! Full Moon Lore just was so informative, and I loved the accompanying pictures, while Extraordinary Ordinary Moth was a wonderful story about finding beauty in the ordinary. I loved it to pieces. We bought Flowers Are Calling while we were on vacation, and that is another really cool book. The illustrations were beautiful, and it was full of interesting facts. I even learned a thing or two – like some flowers have caffeine and bees enjoy it! Being a coffee addict myself, I totally get it bees!

We have already kicked off September with quite a few reads, and in the past two days 9 of our holds have come in at the library, so we will be reading a whole lot more.

Any picture books on here that you have read, either with a child or as a child? What were some of your childhood favorites?