Looking for something to read to your toddler or preschooler while his older siblings are doing there school work? Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite books for 1-5-year-olds.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey was one of the books I had my mother read over and over to me as a child. A Caldecott Honor Book, its story is timeless. Sal and her mother go blueberry picking on a mountain. Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! go the berries in the pail. On the same mountain, a baby bear is following its mother, eating berries. Somehow, the girl and the cub end up following the wrong mother along the way.
Martin Waddell is a contemporary author whose books for little ones are always worth reading. Owl Babies tells the story of Sarah and Percy and Bill, who wake up in the middle of the night to find their mother is gone. The older two try to encourage themselves and their siblings not to be afraid. After all, she has only gone hunting and will surely be back soon. Bill, the youngest, repeatedly responds, “I want my Mommy.” At last, their mother returns. Sarah and Percy insist they were not afraid. “I love my Mommy.” said Bill. Lyrical text.
The Snowy Day is another of my childhood favorites. Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated it, earning the Caldecott Medal in 1963. A little boy plays in the new-fallen snow, walking with his toys pointed out, then his toes pointed in to make foot prints. Hoping to savor the joy of the day, he puts a snowball in his pocket, only to find later that it has disappeared!
I have not read anything else by Laura Krauss Melmed or illustrated by Henri Sorensen. My sister bought I Love You As Much… for her godson M’s first birthday. This is a peaceful and heartwarming book. On each two-page spread, beautiful paintings capture the love and joy between a mother animal and her child. “Said the mother horse to her child, ‘I love you as much as a warm summer breeze,'” it begins. Seven more animal mothers tell how much they love their children. The final two pages shows a human mother lying with her sleeping infant. “Now sleep child of mine, while the stars shine above–I love you as much as a mother can love.” Perfect for reading at bedtime.
Those are just a few of the wonderful books I like to read with J. Please share with us your favorites.