If there’s one thing I want to instill into my children — it’s the love of reading. It can open up so many windows of opportunity like imagination, knowledge, passion and confidence. My son Fallou is just over a year old and (from what I can tell) loves to sit and read with somebody. He will often pick out a book, come
hand throw at me the book and climb into my lap. Sometimes it is at an inconvenient time, but I still stop what I’m doing and read the book. I want to enjoy these moments while I can.
What’s unique in my family’s situation is that my daughter Fota (who came to the US last March with no English language skills) was also learning to read over the last year, so it was often a family event of reading. I really loved when Fota started building up her confidence and taking over bed time reading. Watching Fallou follow along with her was pure joy.
So without further ado, I’d like to share some of his most recent and all-time favorites.
by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot
We’ve read this book since Fallou was an infant. I know it by heart and I think he does too. We read this several times a week and I just think it’s one of the cutest little board books. It’s short, sweet and a perfect quick story great for a “one more book” request.
by Eileen Christelow
I’m sure this on many family’s favorite books list. Fota often gravitated to this book to read to us – I think mostly because she knew the song and would sing it while she read. Regardless, it’s still a cute book and we often get a little silly when reading it.
by Sandra Boynton
I absolutely LOVE all of Sandra Boynton’s books. We have several of them and they are all such great little stories of easy reading and adorable illustrations. We like Pajama Time because it’s a fun book to read for bed time. It sets the mood that bed time is fun and now we’ve started to have Fallou pick out pajamas when we read this book.
by Nancy Tillman
I love the message behind this book – you are unique and only you are you. It has you say your child’s name several times and marvel at it. This is often a book we read at bed time when Fallou is feeling a little restless and needs a longer book to wind down with.
by Lois Ehlert
This is such a beautiful little book. The illustrations are bold and colorful. There’s also extra words to practice with identifying all the different plants pictured in the book. I love gardening and flowers so this was a perfect little book for our family. Fallou often wants to hold the book while we read and brush his hand over all the colorful illustrations. It’s a great book for learning colors too!
by Sandra Magsamen
This book has a special place in my heart because I remember a few nights before I gave birth to Fallou, I read this book while laying in bed and sobbed. I was just so overwhelmed with emotion about the impending birth of my child I had fought so hard for. I also love that you can write your child’s birth specs in it and it’s part of the first couple pages. I haven’t written his in there, I just tell him. It’s a very sweet and inspirational book to show your child how much you love them and will always support them.
by Jimmy Fallon
I’m always skeptical when celebrities start writing books, especially kids books. But I will say I think this one is adorable. It’s simple, so it was a good fit to help Fota gain confidence in her reading as well. It’s a great book to teach about animals and the sounds they make too. And of course my son’s first word was Dada!
by Leslie Patricelli
This is another author we LOVE in this house. I first came across Leslie Patricelli when we bought a used book at a consignment bazaar called Yucky, Yummy (which is another favorite too). The pictures of the baby doing things was hilarious and the reading was easy for Fota to practice and simple for Fallou to follow along and not get bored. We love tickle because it’s a fun little book about tickling and being silly. I love to hear Fallou giggle. He’s now started to ‘tickle’ everyone and it’s really cute.
by Margaret Wise Brown
by Dr. Seuss
I grew up on Dr. Seuss books, so it was only natural I’d pass that along to my children. This little book is another great option for those times you need a longer story. It was a bit challenging for Fota in the beginning since there’s a lot of ‘Seuss’ words. But she loves it now and Fallou likes all the silly pictures. I think it’s also a great way to learn the sounds of the alphabet.
To be honest, it was hard to pick just a handful. I’m a full blown book addict. But surprisingly I still haven’t bought a big enough bookcase for all of MY books. Our previous home had built-ins so I never had to think about it — I just kept filling them up. I have no doubt that Fallou’s bedroom will be overcome with a giant bookshelf full of wonderous adventures as he grows.
What are some of your family’s favorite books and authors?