Monday, January 27, 2014


There are so, so, so many books I want to read with my kids! I’ve decided to make a few lists of some we will definitely be reading this year. George is three and Emma is one. So, yeah, reading these will be a ton of fun. If you think of one we just can't miss, post it in the comments! We'll read it, and I'll let you know how it goes!

For George:

The Giving Tree 
A story about love by Shel Silverstein, one every child a parent should read. I’m a total sucker for the sentimental lesson stories. I’ll be interested to hear what George has to say about this one.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day
This book will help a child get through a tough day and maybe even find the humor in it. George has tough days now and again. Maybe we can learn to laugh about them. 

Press Here 
I haven’t read this book yet, but I have heard great things about it. I think George will love the idea that it all begins with one simple, yellow dot.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 
George is all about humor these days. He will think this is hilarious, and I can’t wait to read it with him.

Good Night Gorilla 
My little guy will love another funny one. Silly gorilla.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type 
George is all about Doreen Cronin’s duck series. He’ll love this one too.

Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day 
George is always wondering why Dad has to go to work. Maybe this will help.

Sheep in a Jeep
I used this story to teach force lessons in second grade. I know George will think sheep driving a jeep is hilarious.

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? 
George, like many kids his age, thinks his body is pretty awesome. This will be fun.

The Story of Ferdinand
This will be a sentimental read. My mom-in-law talks about how much George’s dad loved this story when he was little. It will be fun to see if George likes it too.

For Emma:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A beautiful and classic read. George loved Eric Carle’s work, and I have a feeling Emma will too. The illustrations seem to really speak to young readers.

Guess How Much I Love You
A sweet story I can’t wait to read to my little Emminator.

Peek-A Who? 
I haven’t read this story yet, but it looks fun and educational. Emma will like finding the animal on the next page.  

Press Here 
This story was also on George’s list. I haven’t read it yet, but it does have rave reviews. I think both kids will like how the dot changes.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 
I did a lesson plan with this story during my student teaching. The kindergarteners seemed to really enjoy it. Emma will like the silly story.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt
This is such a fun classic. I can’t wait to see Emma’s silly reaction.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button? 
Cute! Cute! Cute! I think I see tickling in Emma’s future!  

Kitten’s First Full Moon
I adore the simple black and white illustrations and Kevin Henkes. 

Time For Bed
This is a very sweet bedtime story with momma animals and their babies. I will have fun with this one too. 

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site 
As much as Emma loves cars, trucks and tractors, I know she’ll love this story as much as her brother.