Read and Repeat

These books don’t have a common theme other than they are currently the favorites at our house and I can recite each one by heart . One of the things I love the most about my blog are reader suggestions, and participation. I am eager to hear what books are on repeat at your house right now. Leave the title in the comment and maybe we can all find a few new books to read over and over !

“Spike” by Paulette Bogan is a funny story about a dog who is having a mid life crisis. Spike is bored with his life , all he does is regular old dog things and when his owner leaves the gate open he creeps away for some adventure. Spike like most of us who go off on adventures looking for something new finds out that really home is where the heart is and he really does love being a dog. My son loves this book especially the part when Spike tried out being a chicken and breaks all the eggs.

“Corduroy” by Don Freeman is a classic in every way. I have been waiting to introduce it to my son because I knew my heart would be broken if he didn’t like it. It’s one of my very favorites from childhood and the simplicity of the story makes it as relevant in 2009 as it was when it was first published in 1968. I remember being amazed by the thought of a stuffed bear coming to life and exploring a department store at night after it closes. The real message though is captured by the little girl and her statement that she loves him just the way he is even with a missing button, but she is fixing it to make him more comfortable. What a fantastic and vital message for kids! My son loves this book and I won’t pretend that I had dry eyes when I finished reading it to him and he looked at me and asked ” Read this one again?”.

“Cowboy Small”
by Lois Lenski is a cute cowboy book for the younger set. We have the board book edition and it’s been loved for a long time at our house, although since our return from the Calgary Stampede it’s been read constantly. The text is simple, the drawings are charming and the book covers all the basics of what a cowboys does day and night. My son loves that Cowboy small has a guitar, and is pretty fond of the part when he gets bucked off a bronco as well.

“Angela’s Airplane” by Robert Munsch captures children’s fantasies about flying planes and adds in a cautionary tale about what could happen if the fantasy became reality. Angela finds her way onto a plane and starts pushing buttons, before she knows it she is in the air alone. The plane crashes but she is ok, and promises to never fly another plane. Do you think she keeps that promise? My son adores this book and while you may think that the crash would be scary for kids it’s not , the ridiculousness of a 5 year old flying a plane makes the crash equally as fictional though effective in opening a dialogue about touching buttons you shouldn’t!

“Underwear Do’s and Don’ts” by Todd Parr makes my son laugh and me hopeful that he will want to wear underwear sometime before 2020. The book is silly and full of absurd but entertaining advice about underwear. My son is particularly fond of the advice about not putting your underwear in the freezer! He laughs like it’s a new joke every time we read it, which is 3-4 times a day.
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  1. Teaching My Little BookWorm says

    she loves Alphabet House, Pinkalicious and Purplicious, Kittens first Full Moon and If I were A Lion! Little Mouse Big Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear!

  2. Isabella says

    The books on repeat in our house are:

    "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late" by Mo Willems
    (I really think this one has to do with how my husband reads the book)

    "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis

    "Prayer for a Child" by Rachel Field

  3. Beth says

    dinosaurs love undewear. dont chat to the bus driver. caps for sale. tough trucks (i see someone else mentioned this series!!)
    good reads. Books I dont mind that I have read a dozen times any day this past week 🙂

  4. kiri8 says

    At my house, we still love "Slide Already!" by Kit Allen, even though my boys are now 9 and 12. We give it to all the little kids we know when they have birthdays. We also still love the Scaredy Squirrel books.

    In my preschool classroom, September's Author of the Month is Mo Willems, because how can you not hook kids into loving books with Mo? Then we keep re-reading the Pigeon books and the Elephant and Piggie books all year long.

  5. The Frugal Homeschooling Mom says

    We are big Corduroy fans here at our house, too. Laynie gets sad when the little girl has to leave the store with her mom. But she's happy later when Corduroy has his own special bed beside the little girl's bed. Laynie's doll sleeps beside her bed, in her own little dollbed, and I think she got the idea from that book!

  6. KNJ says

    "10 little ladybugs" and "Pinkalicious" are favs of my daughter. My son loves "Pirates Don't Change Diapers" and "Six-Dinner Sid" and also the classic, "Where The Wild Things Are". All of which I can recite by heart. 🙂

  7. mrszimm says

    My child is one, so our current favorites that I know by heart are:

    -Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
    -Who Says Moo?
    -Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (ok, so I already knew those 😉 )

  8. His Talmidat says

    We're corderoy fans here too 🙂 Even cookie monster has been renamed Lisa!

    * My big green pocketbook
    * A Day with No Crayons – this seems like a book that fits this blog. We've done some fun crafts with it in mind!

    so many more, couldn't name them all.

  9. Raising a Happy Child says

    Our repeats really change over weeks, because despite our big selection at home my daughter always goes for the latest and greatest from the library. Strangely, she recently went back to ABC books in our home collection. I am not sure why – she has been somewhat anxious lately because of the changes in her preschool environment, and maybe she just tries to recreate security from earlier days. Otherwise her latest picks are here –

  10. Infant Bibliophile says

    This week our biggest repeats are probably a new Richard Scarry book I broke down and bought, an I Spy A to Z book I won in a give away, Shhhhhh Everybody's Sleeping, Summery Saturday Morning, and I'm Your Bus. Basically all of the recent reviews on our blog I guess!

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