The Reading Nook is a series of posts that feature my kids’ favorite books! These are the books my kids love. They are not intended to be full reviews. Instead, they give my general impressions and my kids’ reactions so you can decide if your little one would like it too. This post likely contain affiliate links.
Both of my children love If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. The story follows the plight of a boy who gives a mouse a cookie and soon finds the mouse has many other ideas and wants! The kids love the detailed drawings and expressive Mouse, and I love that the pictures give us a lot to talk about as we read. I actually prefer talking about the pictures over reading the book. Maybe it is because I’ve read this book so many times, but it gets tiring to read with all the “if… then…” statements. On the other hand, this does help the kids understand if/then statements and cause and effect relationships. Either way, the kids love it, so I deal.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is also a great jumping off point for all sorts of tot activities. If you do a Pinterest search, there are a ton of educational activities for all different age groups. I haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity as much as I should. When Drake was just about 2, we made cookies together after reading this book for some fun. He was a little young to help much. It was the first time he’d had a chocolate chip cookie, and he learned the word quickly after that!
Drake also enjoys this cartoon version on Amazon. It’s a shame they didn’t make more episodes!
We own and love If You Give a Pig a Pancake as well.
The Reading Nook is a series of posts that feature my kids’ favorite books! They are not intended to be full reviews. Instead, they give my general impressions and my kids’ reactions so you can decide if your little one would like it too.
I’ve never met a kid under the age of 3 who didn’t appreciate a dramatic pretend sneeze. Chu’s Day and Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, Devin’s absolute favorite books, make good use of this love. The main character is an adorable panda bear named Chu whose sneezes have big consequences. There is a slow build up to the sneeze, and it delights both Devin and Drake when it finally happens. Their anticipation and excitement for the sneeze is almost tangible.
The illustrations by Adam Rex are beautiful, detailed, and funny even to a 16 month old. As a mom of littles, I also appreciate that there is just the right amount of words on each page so we can both read the words and talk about the pictures without the kids losing interest (and sometimes I can just speed read when it’s the 11th time I’ve read the book that day!).
I plan on adding Chu's Day at the Beach to our collection soon. We borrowed Chu’s Day at the Beach from the library and it is just as good!
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