Reading with Little C: Hole-y Moly!

19 11 2015

Oh, the typical younger child whose life is documented less than the firstborn – fewer pictures, fewer videos, and apparently, fewer blog posts, too. I can’t believe this is only the second post I’ve written about reading with Little C, and he’s almost two already!

I do read with Little C, and he is usually with Little L and me as we read big brother’s books, too.

Little C definitely shows a preference for certain books. Many of his favorites include stories about his favorite characters – Elmo and Thomas the Tank Engine. In addition to that, he also enjoys books with die cuts in the pages.

The classic example of this type of book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; illustrated by the author

As the caterpillar eats his way through the story, the holes he leaves behind are the perfect size for little fingers. Little C loves to poke his fingers into the holes, even if he has a sippy cup in one hand.

A newer title that he also loves is the Go Away, Big Green Monster! spin-off Nighty Night Little Green Monster.


Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley; illustrated by the author

Little C especially loves touching the little monster’s round nose.

A couple of new board book series are also in our regular reading rotation.

The My Little World series of concept books from Tiger Tales is full of bright colors and die cut holes that become objects like eyes, mouths, and wheels throughout the books.

Hoot and Zoom  – both titles by Jonathan Litton; illustrated by Fhiona Galloway

In the new Trace the Trail board book series, the die cuts don’t go all the way through, but leave an indentation in the page perfect for tracing with a finger (check out this video). Little C didn’t quite understand the concept of tracing the path at first, but after a demonstration he quickly figured it out. These books could be good for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in addition to being fun reads.

Around the World and Through the Town – both titles by Craig Shuttlewood; illustrated by the author

I love reading with this little guy, and I can’t wait to see what other books become his favorites.


Reading with Little C: Baby Books

8 01 2015

Little C made his appearance at the end of February. As the second child he probably doesn’t get as much one-on-one book sharing time as his older brother did as a baby. He’s usually with us when I read to Little L at night, so he’s experiencing the language and artwork in his own way though. When we do get the chance to read to him on his own, there are some titles that he seems to especially enjoy (in addition to many of the same books we read to Little L as a baby – see here and here).

These mostly black-and-white board books by Peter Linenthal:

look animals

Look at the Animals! by Peter Linenthal; illustrated by the author


look look

Look Look! by Peter Linenthal; illustrated by the author

These board books from Caroline Jayne Church based on the classic songs:

twinkle twinkle

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star adapted and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

you sunshine

You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell; adapted and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

And we received this great title as a gift, and it’s been one of Little C’s favorites from the beginning:

i kissed baby

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy; illustrated by the author

I’m looking forward to see what Little C chooses as he gets older and what his individual tastes will be in contrast to his brother’s favorite titles.

Reading with Little L: Baby Faces

6 10 2010

While Little L still likes the black-and-white board books, he has now moved on to a preference for books featuring baby faces.  His face lights up and excitedly slaps the books when he sees these adorable little babies.

Some of our favorites include photos of baby faces:

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Baby Food by Margaret Miller

Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

American Babies The Global Fund for Children

Others include illustrations:

Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Sam Williams

Baby, I Love You by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Sam Williams

Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli; illustrated by author

Big Little by Leslie Patricelli; illustrated by author

Reading with Little L: The First Few Months

8 07 2010

It was actually pretty easy to read to Little L for the first few months.  I could pretty much read him anything, including whatever I happened to be reading at the time.  Although, I hate to admit that I did censor myself.  Even though I know he can’t understand the words yet, I just couldn’t bring myself to read curse words to Little L.  Those first few months illustrations didn’t matter because his vision was limited and he was really only interested in the sound of my voice.

As his eyesight developed though, he became mesmerized by books with simple contrasting black and white images.  There are several great choices in this field of children’s books.

Tana Hoban was a master of these books, and Little L enjoyed all of them…

Black on White

White on Black

Who Are They?

What Is That?

He also enjoyed a hand-me-down from his older cousin…

My Animals by Xavier Deneux.

And incidentally, his cousin, who is almost two, still enjoys reading this book when he visits us.