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!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 161: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know how much we love Mo Willems in our house.  In fact, I've already featured five of his titles on here already.  I told myself that writing about The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? might be a bit excessive, especially since I've already written about two of the other Pigeon books, but I simply can't hold out any longer.  This book is just that fun.  We had the amazing privilege of seeing Mo Willems read this book aloud at his local book shop in Northampton, Massachusetts a few months back, and let me tell you, it was awesome!  I don't know what I enjoyed watching more:  Mo's animated reading, or the look on my son's face while he watched and listened.  His smiles and laughter throughout the reading were well worth the trip!  We even got to meet Mo afterward (as well as chat with him briefly coming up the stairs on our way in), and got our book signed.  We all had so much fun!  Here's my little guy and Mo (pretending to be a lobster):
But back to the book... The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is another classic Willems tale, loaded with silly Pigeon antics and clever humor that is fun for kids and adults, alike.  It is a fabulous read-aloud that lends itself perfectly to different character voices and plenty of expression, volume, and animation.  In fact, if I'm not reading it loudly and excitedly enough, my son will remind me, "Read it like Mo does!"  (He set the bar quite high, as you can imagine.)  We've probably read this story 100 times by now, and both of my kids still laugh out loud every time we read it.  I love the way they have different lines that they each like to say when we read it together, too.  I don't want to say too much about what happens in the story for fear of giving away the best parts, but just imagine how the Pigeon might react upon seeing that the little Duckling has gotten a cookie simply by asking (albeit "politely!")  We hope you have as much fun with this book as we do!


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