Thursday, May 03, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #17

13 of My Son's Favorite Books
These have been his favorites over the last year, so, roughly, between two and three years old. We have a very large children's library, because of a vicious combination of parents who love to read, a great-grandmother who is in charge of the books for a local thrift store, and the Books are Fun company, whose displays are accessible by both Grandmothers and Mommy.

1. 1001 Bugs to Spot - There are several other 1001 things to spot books that he also enjoys. I'd say this one is the favorite, though. Especially the Dung Beetles. He's a toddler and male, what can I say?

2. The Little Lamb - As mentioned previously, Zaya thinks he is a shepherd, and has always had a soft spot for sheep. Maybe he'll be a pastor someday. This book has a picture of a little girl cuddling a sheep, and he used to stare and stare at that page, smiling.

3. The Potty Book for Boys - Actually, Mim loves this one too. I don't know if it actually helped in the slightest bit with potty training, but they enjoy reading it.

4. Ebb and Flo and the Baby Seal - He doesn't really care much for the other Ebb and Flo books, but loved this one.

5. John, Paul, George and Ben - Don't ask me why, but we had to read this one a ton, and finally hid it so he'd forget about it for a while. I ought to pull it out again, because it's been almost a year.

6. Oh the Thinks You Can Think - Classic Dr. Seuss. We still have to read this one, and his Daddy reads it backwards quite nicely, which Zaya thinks is hilarious.

7. Sitka Rose - This one is boring and annoying, in my opinion, but he loves it. Thank goodness it was a library book.

8. Jump, Frog, Jump - Another library book that saw a lot of lovin'. A classic tale of a frog escaping peril. On every page.

9. Oh the Places You'll Go - My husband received this as a gift when he graduated from high school. It's long, so I really don't know what led me to pull it out, but we have had to read it to Zaya many, many times now. At one point I could read it in the dark with no troubles.

10. How do Your Senses Work? - An Usborne "Flip-Flap" Book. He loves reading about how the body works, and we read this one over and over and over. Thankfully, another library book.

11. What Happens to My Food? - From the same series as the previous book. It has very basic explanations of digestion, complete with pictures of a child on the potty, completing the final digestion process.

12. David and Goliath - He loves any version of this story, this just happens to be one that I knew I could find a picture of. He loves that David was a shepherd, and used to tell this story, complete with full body drama, to anyone who would listen when he was first talking. Imagine, if you dare, a two-year-old saying, "And de wock hit Gowiauf in de head, and he fe-oh over, and hit de gwound. Den David cut of his head wif a sword!"

13. Jonah the Moaner - Once again, he likes several versions of this story. This one happens to be the most annoying, and the one he likes the best, because that's just how consistent toddlers are.


Anonymous said...

Nice variety of books. It's great that he's open to everything and not focused on one thing.

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! We're in love with Ebb and Flo -- and of course Daisy. Thanks for pointing me to the bug book. I have one who would love that.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for a post. I have a 21 month old toddler and we're always looking for great books to add to her book collection.

Have a great TT. I'm writing about grammar on chicken-scratch - this time round.

DigiscrapMom said...

It's a great idea that your children are exposed to books at an early age. I love to read too and would love to pass that on to my son. I'll try to look for these titles over here so that my son and I could read it together.

Happy Thursday!

ksfhjskahfjkh said...

My boys love the Chica Chica Boom Boom books, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, the David books (by David Shannon), The Great Divide and any poetry at all.

Dane Bramage said...

Grat idea for a list. I'll have to get some for my nephews.

Thanks for visiting. My TT 13 Classy Insults is up.

Leah said...

Very good books. My daughter has a lot of the Dr Seuss books too. And its amazing when they can read it themselves. Even more rewarding when they tell you what the story is all about..

Anonymous said...

I must have been deprived as a child. I'm the only one I know who never read Dr. Seuss until adulthood.

JAM said...

Great mix of stuff. Though I wouldn't have, and still wouldn't want a book about bugs.

My second daughter was quite the challenge to potty train, and Once Upon A Potty was instrumental in her success, and our sanity.

Denise Patrick said...

Great books for little ones. My son was into Thomas the Tank Engine. At three he could recite it from memory, turning the pages at the right places, and convinced my sister that he could actually read!

Miscellaneous-Mum said...

I don't know those, except for Dr Suess! I'm missing out!

Qtpies7 said...

Oh the Thinks you can Think!

I like Dr. Suess books.

Janeva said...

I made the Jump Frog Jump book into a transitional Spanish book. It starts in English and slowly, with the repetition, switches to Spanish. My kids think it's rather cool.

Lady G~ said...

Great list! I'm familiar with some of the books you mentioned. I've never been a big fan of Dr, Seuss, but children like his rhymes.

Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Lainey-Paney said...

Excellent post.

Our son's favorite book right now is "Trucks" by Byron Barton.


Scribbit said...

I've got Sitka Roses all over the place, they smell so good.

And of all the books, the bug one looks terrific, I may have to pick that one up for the kids.