I don’t know about you, but our family reading goes in cycles. That is, we’ll bring home a stack of books from the library or a new volume from the bookstore, and we read them over and over. And over. Then they go back to the library, or join other well-loved titles on the shelves, and we start in on a new batch.
We do plenty of re-reading, too – but usually as a punctuation mark in the middle of our current reading pile. For instance, we brought home a copy of Nursery Tales Around the World, with retellings of various baked goods on the run and big bag wolves prowling after small tasty animals. (My son still can’t properly pronounce “cat,” “car,” “water,” or “milk” – but he can say “big bad wolf.” Go figure.) Anyway, that sent us back to our shelves to find our version of The Gingerbread Man. I suspect The True Story of the Three Little Pigs may surface again soon, too.
Anyhow, just for fun: here are some of the titles that we’ve been reading, and re-reading, and enjoying immensely lately around our house. It’s spring! Dust off your library card; get out the stroller and walk to the bookstore; read on the porch (oh, I miss our porch). And let me know what you’ve been reading, too!
Rumplestiltskin, Paul O. Zelinsky
Rapunzel, Paul O. Zelinsky
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Randall Jarrell
Beauty and the Beast, Jan Brett
The Well at the End of the World, Robert D. San Souci
With the Baby
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, Alice and Martin Provensen
Each Peach Pear Plum, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Miryam
Just Because You’re Mine, Sally Lloyd-Jones
This is Me, Richard Scarry
Daddies, Janet Frank (I bought this one as a gag gift for the Daddy in our house — and alas, the kids love it. Moral of the story: be careful which books you let them sight!)
The Five-Year-Old Reading to Herself
Arthur’s Back to School Day, Lillian Hoban
Little Bear & Little Bear’s Visit, Else Holmelund Minarik
Elephant and Piggie series, Mo Willems
Toot and Puddle, Holly Hobbie