Since Amelie loves books so much and since we spend probably the better half of most days reading books together, I thought I’d start a new series sharing which books she’s loving the most.
For those who don’t know… Amelie really really likes books. More than I ever thought a 14 month old could like books. We started reading in her first week at home and her interest in books has been clear ever since. So this isn’t a list of the last 12 books that we’ve read, that I thought were cute, and that Amelie kind of listens to… no, this is a list of the 12 books that Amelie can’t get enough of right now.
In other words, I think this list has some merit because girlfriend does her research.
Perhaps the coolest part of her love for books though has been in seeing how her list of favorites changes from month to month. I do my best to let her lead the way on what we read, even though that sometimes means we have to read Green Eggs and Ham with increased fervor fifteen times in a row, but that also means it’s pretty clear which ones are her favorites.
I hope to update this list roughly every month, or however often her roster of favorites changes. I think this will be a fun way for me to document and remember Amelie’s favorite reads over the years, and hopefully it will be an equally fun reading list for anyone with similarly-aged kids.
Amelie’s Top 12 Favorite Books Right Now:
1. How To Be A Lion by Ed Vere – I’m so happy that she loves this one because it has an awesome message about being yourself, even if it’s different from everyone else. It’s a wonderful book to read, whether you’re a kid or not.
2. Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson – we love all the Bear books by Karma Wilson (Bear Snores On is so good!) but this one is particularly fun, especially since Amelie loves getting quizzed on colors right now.
3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – an oldie but a goodie! We go all out with this one, adding lots of sound effects and rich voices for the characters. Dr Seuss books tend to be a bit long-winded for this age so sometimes we’ll condense the repetitious parts to say “I do not like them in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse, etc.” instead of “I do not like them in a box, I do not like them with a fox, etc.” We talk about this book a lot at mealtimes too since it’s about a character who insists he doesn’t like a certain food but then tries it and realizes he loves it!
4. Are You My Mother? by P.D. EastMan – another oldie but goodie! Also fun for different voices and sound effects. Amelie gets particularly excited when the little bird talks to the different animals.
5. Hey, Presto! by Nadia Shireen – I can’t put my finger on why Amelie loves this book so much but it’s been a top contender for absolute favorite these past weeks! Thankfully, the illustrations are funny, the reading is fun, and there’s a positive message about sharing and being considerate of your friends.
6. Happy! by Pharrell Williams – this is literally a transcription of the song and it shows a bunch of kids being happy and having fun. This one took a bit of a warmup period for her but once I played the accompanying song, she was completely on-board. Ultimately, she loves paging through this book to look at all the kids’ bright expressions (and I was especially excited that she wound up liking this books so much since Brandon and I danced out of our wedding ceremony to the song!)
7. Busy Noisy Farm by Julia Lobo – all about farm animals, this is one of those books with the accompanying noise buttons. She loves pushing the buttons as I read the story to her, and it’s been a great “I spy” type book for us to play together.
8. Olivia by Ian Falconer – I’ve been obsessed with the illustrations by Ian Falconer since I first read an Olivia book (I mean, the book won a Caldecott Honor for good reason). Perhaps this has lead to me reading the book with extra vigor and perhaps that’s the reason why Amelie likes it so much but I’m okay with that. Because it’s just. so. good.
9. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt – speaking of oldies but goodies! I had never read this one before but our neighbor gifted it to Amelie when she was born and and there’s just something about it… the simplicity of the illustrations, the unique interactive pages (one is fragranced, another is sandpaper resembling a Dad’s face, and another is a ring for trying on your finger). Unique, fun, and a classic (apparently).
10. You Are Not Small by Anna Kang – okay, another one that she probably took to because I read it so passionately but it’s hard not to with how cute and animated these characters are! Bonus: there’s a great message about being different. It’d be a great conversation starter for younger siblings who might be sick of being told they’re too little to do things. We of course haven’t reached that level of understanding with Amelie yet, but she already likes it so I guess we’ll have it in our pocket for when we do reach that stage!
11. Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel – soo many animals! This book is awesome for animal lovers and has a lot of unique animals I’d never heard of! It’s a soothing poem about protecting the animals we share this planet with and the illustrations are beautiful, bright, and fun. This is one of those books that I’m happy to read over and over… and over.
12. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff – Amelie took a little while to warm up to this book, but now that she has we’re reading it a minimum of four times a day! She loves the pig and finding all the details in every page, and I love that the little kid in this book is a girl since the kids in the other two books we have by Laura Numeroff are boys (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Moose A Muffin).
PS. Amelie is also obsessed with two secondhand finds I can’t find new anymore… Puppy In The Garden (by David Crossley) and Who Stole the Cookies (it’s a classic riddle that’s been given different renditions. This one is similar). Definitely keep your eye out for them if you’re at a used book sale!
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