Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Favorite Books: Z's 2nd Year

In 2011 I posted about Bennett's favorite books from his first year.  Then, I posted his favorite books from his second year.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any books to post from Zoe's first year, because she wasn't really interested in looking at books or listening to us read.  Twelve months later I am thankful to say she brings us books to read to her on a daily basis.

It brings back sweet memories to look back at Bennett's favorite books from year to year, so I am going to share Zoe's from her second year of life.

Every Sandra Boyton book we own:

1.)  Moo, Baa, La La La! was one of her first favorites.  It is interesting, this book was one of Bennett's favorites from his first year!  I'll say the same thing I said in his post 3 years ago,  Boyton's books are clever, colorful and they keep Zoe's attention.  This book moves through various animal sounds in a fun, interactive way.

2.)  Doggies is a counting book that has a different bark for each number 1 to 10.  While reading it drives me a little crazy Bennett and Zoe have loved this book.  I enjoy it most when Bennett reads it to Zoe.

3.)  Blue Hat, Green Hat  is a book that brings back so many wonderful memories when I open it.  Bennett LOVED and I mean LOVED this book and now Zoe throughly enjoys it.  It is a silly book about colors and proper donning of clothing that makes my kids stop and look at every page.  Each time the turkey donns a piece of clothing improperly it says, "Oops!"  Bennett used to laugh and laugh.  Now Zoe says, "Oops!"


4.)  The Going to Bed Book is again clever and silly and colorful and full of the same characters Boyton shares in all of her books.  This is one of the many books Sam reads to Zoe before bed.


5.)  Dear Zoo is a book she has recently began to pull off the book shelf and bring to me on a daily basis.  She received it for her 1st birthday and it is a great children's book.  Now that she enjoys opening flaps I am not surprised that she enjoys this book.

6.)  My Little Book About God was a gift for Bennett's 1st birthday from a dear friend, Mrs. Agee.  It was the first book Zoe showed interest in turning the pages.  It is wordy, but she really enjoyed the illustrations.  She still won't let us read all of it to her, but she is beginning to listen to more of it and still enjoys the illustrations.


7.) Where Is Baby's Birthday Cake? She has worn this book out.  While it is almost her birthday, we have read this book every day for the last 4 months (at least).  She enjoys reading it before bed.  Karen Katz is another author that she has began to enjoy her lift the flap books.

8.)  Dog by Matthew Van Fleet is not one of my favorites, but I think I am just tired of it.  Both, Bennett and Zoe have enjoyed it, so many of it's moving parts are no longer working.  The fact that the binding is torn, a dog's head is missing, and a dog's tongue is no longer sticky makes the part type A momma crazy, but I figure that means it is well loved.

9).  the Monster at the end of this Book is the one book I can remember from my early childhood.  I did not enjoy reading....AT ALL, so when I saw this a few years ago I bought it for Bennett.  He loved it and would laugh and laugh and laugh.  Zoe is no different.  She went through a season where she brought us this book to read several times a day.  She even asked Bennett to read it to her.  I have very sweet memories of them reading it together and laughing.

10).   I'll See You In The Morning is an old favorite of Bennett's that Sam just began reading to Zoe at night.  He said she enjoys it.

11.)  Good Night Elmo! is an interactive cloth book that has velcro stars, a tooth brush to brush Elmo's teeth, a blanket to cover Elmo, and a few other items.  While I would not consider it a story, it is well loved by my little girl.  She does not look at it as much as she did a few months ago, but this was one of the first books she began showing interest in at bedtime.

12.)  Rock-a-Bye Baby, Three Little Kittens, and Teddy Bear Teddy Bear are three very short books (4 pages each) that were given to us by my friend Rebecca.  She told me her daughter loved them, so I thought I would give them a try (Zoe was not into books when we acquired them).  She has  requested and listened to each one of them before bedtime every night since.

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