It’s a new season & I’m dying to update our Fave Five list! Honestly, our book circulation hasn’t changed that dramatically in the last few months but I’m just excited about this little tradition on the blog and I’m itching to post again. Most of these books have nothing really to do with “spring” but that’s ok – open some windows, grab a glass of lemonade, and get reading! 🙂
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by: Beatrix Potter This one is a springtime classic. Heartwarming story and lovely illustrations. My toddler has a thing for bunnies (though not the Nutbrown Hares for some reason) and this one is right up her alley. They even have a sweet “touch & feel” version with different characters from the story – fuzzy tails, soft whiskers, sticky paws.
The Belly Button Book, by: Boynton I just have a soft spot for all things Boynton. Her illustrations are hilarious, her rhyming couplets are sweet, and her stories are just silly enough that kids & adults alike will find something to smile about. This one is silly & sweet and has just the right amount of sing-along. (Our other recent favorite is the Barnyard Dance “…with a baa & a moo & a cock-a-doodle-doo, another little promenade two by two!”)
Wynken Blynken and Nod, by: Field This poem is just so soothing and I find it is the perfect addition to our bedtime routine. I don’t think we need to insult our toddler’s intelligence and only read from “I Spy” & picture books. They need good literature too!
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe—
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew…
Press Here, by Herve Tullet This book is just awesome and so creative. I guess you could call it an interactive book and each page gives the kiddos instructions for ways to manipulate and play with a simple yellow dot. (On one page there is a neat line of dots, but after “shaking” the book they are all jumbled on the following pages.) I recently read this with my own toddler and a 2 1/2 year old friend. They were both cracking up & so pleased to see the little balls “rolling” across the page.
The Napping House, by: Audrey Wood I love all the Woods books (our favorite being the Mouse and his strawberry!) and this one does not disappoint. My toddler loves to predict who will be next to climb into bed & its reminiscent of the classic children’s song “Ten in the Bed” which she also loves.
BONUS: ok, I know I’ve already exceeded my FIVE books, but for parents I would also recommend the following two books that I have grown to love in the past few months…
The Rhythm of Family, by: Amanda Blake Soule This book walks you through the seasons of a year with personal essays (from a mom & dad of 4 kiddos), family recipes, and crafts/projects for the whole family. It challenges you to keep your family connected to the natural world & find ways to celebrate each other & each unique season of the year! You can also get a taste of her style by visiting her blog.
Treasuring God in Your Traditions, by: Noel Piper This book has challenged me in so many ways. It not only inspires me to seek after God and truly treasure Him in my own life and heart, but to recognize the importance of building in rhythms and celebrations to pass this on to my children. Beautifully written and far from a “self-help” book, she simply challenges and inspires mothers to take their role as spiritual nurturer seriously. Amen!
Ok – I think that’s enough to keep you busy for a while 😉 Hope you find some time to get outside & enjoy this beautiful day today & happy reading!