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.

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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.

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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.