I haven't done an installment of "What My Daughter's Reading" for quite a while, so I thought I'd let you know what we're enjoying reading together.
First and foremost, Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman has been a favorite for quite a while, and not a night goes by where my daughter doesn't ask me to read it. Now she knows it so well, that she reads it herself. She knows all of the animals by name and insists that the hyena is a dog, and she gets a kick out of reading "Good Night" in the thought bubbles. At two, she feels very proud of herself that she's able to "read," and she "read" the book cover-to-cover to her grandmother this evening.
Then we have Caillou. We don't watch a lot of TV, but when we do, Caillou is always a favorite. My daughter about flipped out when we received a box of Caillou books from Raab Associates. I'm generally not a fan of books that feature TV characters, but I can't deny the draw these books have on my little one, and hey, if these are the books that can get a kid interested in reading, then the more power to them. Our box included an impressive set of books designed just for little kids. She particularly likes, Caillou: My First Vacation, a lift-the-flap book that tells the story about Caillou's vacation. Caillou: Where Is Teddy? tells the story of when Caillou loses his Teddy after a visit to his Grandma's house, and then there's a five-book boxed set featuring stories about Caillou's everyday adventures. In one book, he makes a snowman with his friend. In another, he gets a little naughty and puts makeup on his sister's doll's face. These are well-worth checking out if you have a Caillou fan in your house.
Finally, a new favorite is Davide Cali's I Love Chocolate (Tundra Books, 2009). In the book, a very happy little boy tells why he loves chocolate and all of its different forms. He loves chocolate bars because they crunch between his teeth. He loves chocolate that's full of surprises in the middle, and he loves chocolate because it makes everything better. Evelyn Daviddi's illustrations are funny and chocolaty and always make me crave chocolate truffles. I guess I don't have to tell you why my daughter and I love this book. Who doesn't love chocolate? I actually have a friend who doesn't, but I think she's really an alien.
Those are just a few of the books that we are reading in our house. What are you reading with your kids?