Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 6: Cha Cha Chimps

Shortly before my son turned two, he became obsessed with monkeys.  I don't remember why, but he thought they were quite possibly the most hilarious things on the planet.  One day before picking him up at daycare, I stopped by one of our local libraries so that I could surprise him with a  few new books to read that night.  I was in a hurry since I couldn't wait to pick him up, so I quickly scanned the shelves and judgementally grabbed a few stories whose titles seemed appealing or whose covers looked nice.  Cha Cha Chimps was one of them.  "Perfect!" I thought to myself.  "A book about monkeys!  He'll love it."  Without even cracking the cover, I checked it out and was on my way.  As we snuggled up and read it for the first time that night, we both giggled our way through the entire story and it instantly became a classic in our house.   Ten silly chimps put on their boogie woogie pants and sneak out of their tree to dance the night away with their animal friends at Mambo Jamba's.  My son loves to dance around and sing the chorus in his best monkey holler:  "Eee eee, ooh ohh, ah ah ah!  Ten little chimps do the cha cha cha!"  This is one story that I love reading again and again, which is a good thing, since we've read it more times than I could count.  Your little monkey is bound to love it, too!


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