Friday, March 22, 2013

Books We Love

Will loves to read. His attention span for books regularly astounds me. The kid will sit and listen forever. Not that I mind... I'm also a book nerd and I love the extra cuddle time. There's nothing sweeter than a kiddo curled up in your lap, captivated by a book.

Since we read so often, we have a well-sculpted list of favorites. Here are some of the books and authors that Will (and I) can't get enough of at age 2 1/2...

Book: Iggy Peck, Architect

Although we've graduated from the board book set, Will still loves books that rhyme. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty has a wonderful cadence to it, without being too baby-ish. It's one of the few book I can read over and over and over again without wanting to pull my hair out.

With it's fun illustrations and interesting vocabulary ("Gothic or Romanesque, I couldn't care less..."), Iggy Peck Architect is easily one of Will's favorites. The story is very charming, and I love the subtext of finding your passion and persevering through challenges.

Book: The Dot

One of my shortcomings as a parent is that I'm not really into crafts or art projects. Will isn't especially interested in art either, but I still want him to explore his creative side. This book is written for those of us who feel uninspired by our creative abilities.

In The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Vashti is convinced she can't draw. But when her teacher encourages her to "make a mark" and see where it takes her, Vashti uncovers a creative spirit she didn't know she had. Routed in themes of self-discovery, this book emphasizes the importance of trying new things, and how stepping outside your comfort zone can yield incredible results.

Author: Leo Lionni

Will adores books by Leo Lionni. Lionni's illustrations are lovely (very bright and colorful), and he tackles some substantial themes, like friendship, compassion, self-identity, diversity and acceptance. Our favorite titles are Little Blue and Little Yellow, A Color of His Own, and An Extraordinary Egg, although we're discovering more Leo Lionni favorites all the time.

What books do you and your kiddo love? Please share in the comments... we love recommendations.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing, we have LIttle Blue and Little Yellow but haven't read the others. I adore book recommendations as well - there are so many out there that it would be easy to miss a great one! Currently, Amelia loves "Press Here" by Herve Tullet (which is more of an interactive game than a book, I suppose) and she also really enjoys the Mr. Putter and Tabby series - if Will has a long attention span, these might be great for him too!


Thanks for reading!