We have a large library of children's books, and we have on average 50 books signed out of the library at any given time. So my son has ample books to choose from. Yet, as any parent can attest, toddlers and preschoolers play favorites. We read throughout the day but at nap time and bedtime favorites are clearly defined. Here are the favorites at our house right now.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton was not initially a hit with my son when I bought it last year around Valentine's Day. He sat through it but many readers raved about it and I just never got that reaction from my son. Until now. He adores this sing song book about a bog dog singing about it's love for it's puppy. My son will only let me read this book to him, not his daddy. He laughs hysterically when I whisper the end part ( as per the book's instructions) and then bust out loud with the end " I love you!" I have to remind myself to read this as the first bed time book, so he has time to calm back down after laughing.
Is Your Mama a Llama?by Deborah Guarino was a favorite of mine in my teaching days. It's got wonderful anticipatory rhymes , fun facts about animals and baby animals and great illustrations by Steven Kellogg. What my son loves is the rhythm of the book, it bops along easily, and again focuses on mamas and their babies, something my little mama's boy is pretty fond of , especially before snuggling to sleep.
Shelia Rae's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes is a cute little book about sharing , or rather not sharing a coveted piece of candy. An older sister gives her little sister impossible tasks to fulfill before she will share her candy, but fate ends up deciding in the end. This book speaks to all of us, I mean who really loves to share? Really? We just get better at faking it as we get older. Preschoolers are just starting to develop that understanding and duty to share and will love this book.