Toddler Literature

22 Nov

Adeline is her mother’s daughter, for certain.  She will take a book over a stacking ring, green stuffed giraffe, or toy vacuum cleaner any day, and we read about twenty a day (no exaggeration!). She obviously prefers some books to others, and counts a few special books as friends.  Today we found that if we recite a phrase from a book, she will retrieve that book.  She will also ask for her favorites by name.  While I would love for her to love the books that I do, I am learning to love the books she does   .

Her favorite book at the moment is Ready, Set, Skip! by Jane O’Connor

She asks for it by saying “Dzip! Dzip!”  It seems to be her favorite because it rhymes, has a dog in it, and repeats the word ‘Hop’ (which she does repeatedly throughout the story).

She also is a huge fan of Goodnight, Gorilla

Adeline asks for it by saying “Illa! Illa!” and likes to find the banana that the mouse is carrying in each picture.  It’s primarily a picture book and a quick bedtime read.

Dr. Seuss’ Ten Apples Up on Top is also one of the favorites around here lately.  She signs ‘apple’ and ‘book’, meaning “Mama, if you do not read the apple book to me, I will throw it in your lap until you do.  I do not care if you are reading, making my dinner, or trying to schedule a doctor’s appointment.”

She also loves The Icky Sticky Frog which is not one of my favorites. She seems to like it because of the repetitive phrases, and it has a butterfly in it.  She loves to sign ‘butterfly’.

She also loves her collection of nursery rhymes – though she only wishes for me to read “Peter Piper” fifteen times in a row.

The first two of these books were sent to Adeline through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  A local non-profit adopts the project, and pays for one book a month to be sent to any child under three from the Imagination Library.  The books really have been wonderful!  Nashotah friends, this is not available locally, unfortunately.

Of course, we’re always looking for new book suggestions.  So, what is your little one’s favorite reads?


2 Responses to “Toddler Literature”

  1. Ashley November 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    Where to begin??? :o) Margaret is much the same. We read books all the time, we read the same books over and over, and it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, we’re going to read NOW. Isn’t it great!? Two favorites here lately have been “The Hat” and “The Mitten”, both by Jan Brett. My audience likes that she can call the animals by their right names and make their assorted sounds. Anything with the bright pictures and repetitive text of Eric Carle is a hit, and for whatever reason we read “Are You My Mother?” about a dozen times a day. “Corduroy” and “Curious George” see a lot of action, too. You’re a good mom, Mrs. Moore!

    • Jennifer November 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

      We, too, love the “Corduroy” and “Curious George”, I haven’t read “The Hat” or “The Mitten”. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m always looking for new books to read repeatedly throughout the day! 🙂

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