Our kids love books. It’s the one item we will buy them without argument.
We probably own more than a thousand books, but each one of our kids picked a clear favorite around the age of 18 months that we read over and over and over again to the point that we probably don’t need the book anymore.
Anna, now 9, had a favorite book called “Katie the Kitten” by Kathryn and Byron Jackson. It’s a short book with cute pictures about the adventures of this kitten, and I had to read it to her at nap time every day for at least a year. I can still recite the beginning by heart, “Katie the Kitten, a small tiger cat is asleep in the hall, all curled up in a hat.”
Macy’s favorite was “New Friends for Sammy” by Julie Monahan. Even at age 7, she still covets this book about Sammy the Flying Squirrel and his first day of school. I think she related to it because we started reading it right before she started preschool.
Ben, now almost 5, loved “Are You My Mother” by P.D. Eastman. First off, he loves his mother, and I think he felt like the little bird in the book because he missed his mom a lot while she was at work. I think he also liked it because I used a silly voice for the bird as he asked everyone he met, “Are you my mother?”
Rachel, at 3 1/2 now, was so obsessed with her favorite book, “Never Ever Shout in a Zoo” by Karma Wilson, that we had to hide it for a while. Every time she found that book we had to read it and read it, and she would not take “No” for an answer! We read it so much that it got badly ripped. We had to buy two more copies to make sure we had an extra one in case the new one got torn.
Do your kids love books, too? What are their favorites — the ones you have read so much that, like us, you can recite them word for word without looking at a single page?
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Looking to build your kids’ library? Colleague Carol Bicak featured a number of new children’s books in The World-Herald’s recent Holiday Guide. Scroll down to “Books, Books, Books.” Or try the New York Times’ notable children’s books of 2011.
Al Watts is the President of Daddyshome, Inc. – The National At-Home Dad Network and an at-home dad of 4 children living in west Omaha. Read him Wednesdays on momaha.com