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!
My daughter's newest obsession is lift-the-flap books. She's ten months old now and loves getting into everything! Opening boxes, emptying bags, taking every book out of the bin… so I'm not surprised that her curious self loves seeing what lies behind the flaps. Her current favorite is Where is Baby's Birthday Cake? by Karen Katz. We probably read this book at least 10 times in a row every night before bed, and looking for that birthday cake never gets old. Katz has many similarly themed titles in her Baby series, but this is the only one we happen to own. My son received this as a gift on his first birthday and it was an immediate hit. The colors are bold and bright, but what my kids love most of all is the glittery, sparkly pictures on each page. Its pages are not quite as thick as some of the other board books we have, but I will say that the book and the flaps have held up surprisingly well after many, many reads. It might seem a bit silly, but another little thing I like about this book is the fact that the flaps open in different directions. I can almost feel my daughter's brain working as she plays with and explores this book. I just love it when that happens! This is another book that my son enjoys reading to his little sister, which always makes my heart melt a little bit. If you're looking for a good first birthday gift for a child or are just looking for a fun new book to read with your baby, we definitely recommend this one.
As anyone living in New England will tell you, this winter's weather has been particularly brutal. Consequently, my family and I have spent a lot of time cozied up on the couch reading stories and sipping hot cocoa, and have made many trips to our local library. I just love the feeling of discovering a wonderful new story, but often find it is not as easy as it might seem (though perhaps this is because I am usually chasing my 3 year old around the library or trying to keep my 6 month old from chewing on all of the books.) So begins my quest to find a great new book to read to my little ones every day for a year. And I don't mean just any good book. I mean one that I won't mind reading 10 times in a row. One that we'll read so often and love so much that we'll need to go out and get our own copy. My friends have shared their personal favorites with me and I am happy to do the same with you. Thanks for joining our journey!
Busy Mom Disclaimer:
Ideally, my great-book-a-day-for-a-year blog would have one amazing post for each calendar day and be all neat and tidy like that. But I know myself too well. And besides, I'm looking for the best of the best here. I don't want to settle on posting about a book that I don't love, simply to be able to add something new every day. So, my posts will simply be numbered 1 to 365. In the end, we'll still have a year's worth of good books (or so I hope!) Hopefully you'll find my list to be worth the wait. And please, by all means, if there is a book you love that you think should make the list, let me know. Just leave a comment telling me the title and author and I would love to check it out. I'll be sure to give credit where credit is due. Thank you!
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