If that's true, Mr. Mann, then my house is like a fishbowl. Most days my living room is strewn with books.
I've read to my girls since they were itty bitty. I have such an affinity for books and reading; it's a love that I hope they share too. I want my girls to pine for puffed sleeves, lose themselves in enchanted wardrobes, and get excited about seeing a papoose on the prairie.
When they were tiny, I usually read to them one at a time, or Brad would read to one, and I would read to the other. Recently, though, it's been really fun, because they are interactive, and you better believe they have their favorite books! They will actually sit and listen to me read for about 20 minutes. Most of what we read right now are board books. This is because, they have a thing for paper. "Thing", as in, they like to tear, eat and destroy paper.
What melts this mama's heart, is to see them on the floor paging through books on their own. They jabber away, pouring over the colorful pages--maybe making up their own stories.
Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order:
Little Quack Counts, by Lauren Thompson.
Usborne Touchy-Feely Books by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells. We have several of the That's Not My... series. The girls' favorites are That's Not My Dragon and That's Not My Pirate. These books are great! They have lots of textures. My girls know where all the "feely" parts are in each of the books we own.
The Real Mother Goose Board Book. We pause and hand-clap Pat-A-Cake and Pease Porridge while reading this book--the girls love it!
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises, by Dr. Seuss.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
BIG Little, by Leslie Patricelli
Itsy Bitsy Spider, by Kate Toms
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, Eric Carle
I'd love for you to add to the list. What books do your kids love to read?