Our* Favorite Books

*I really mean “my”.  Badger loves almost any book you hand her — a couple of her current favorites are a Kai-Lan coloring book I bought in desperation on our travels and an old phone book.  I, however, am more discerning, especially with books that I will be able to recite from beginning to end in my sleep, and may be called upon to do so (see my post re: Wynken, Blynken and Nod).  I can’t bear books with too much moralizing, too much sing-song rhymy-wymy-ness, or a creepy subtext (I Love You This Much Guess How Much I Love You, I’m looking at you).

Also, I don’t have an Amazon Associate’s account — so this isn’t a thinly veiled ploy to earn 17 cents.  Promise.

Rosie's Walk, by Hat Hutchins

I *love* the art in this book; it’s absolutely beautiful and has lots of little details (bugs in the grass, fruit in the trees) that you can point out.  We do noises for the fox’s various misadventures, which are very popular with the baby set.

The Gruffalo

I keep this book in the bathroom as an incentive to use the potty — she likes it that much.  And it takes about 10 minutes to read it through twice, which is about as long as she’s willing to sit on the toilet.  It’s another one with lots of small details (Badger LOVES to point out the frogs).  It’s rhymy but not too rhymy, if you know what I mean.  I also think it’s cool that the gender of the main character is never made clear, so a child can identify with him/her more easily.

The Monster at the End of this Book

Okay, I’m not big on books from TV shows, Disney movies, etc. and we don’t actually watch Sesame Street (more because it’s different from when I was a kid and I find it unsettling than a strong anti-TV bias).   But this was one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE books as a kid.  I never actually owned a copy, but they sold it at the grocery store and I would sit and read it while my mom shopped.  Badger particularly likes to “shhhhhhhh” along with Grover and knock down the brick wall (I hold the page down so she has to be Strong Baby to turn it).

First 100 AnimalsWe have a whole stack of these Priddy Bright Baby books (I’m particularly fond of “Farm” and its combine harvester).  They’re just lovely clear pictures.  Many of Badger’s first words came from those books, and we’re still picking up new ones out of this one (peguin and camel are popular this week).  I also like that it has a whole page of bugs, which are, in my opinion, under-represented in animal books for babies.

Dear ZooOh, how Badger loves pop-up and flap books.  Loves to rip them to ribbons, but loves them.   When we first got the book, she got a paper cut — but I couldn’t wrench the book out of her hands, so it’s covered with little bloody fingerprints.  If that’s not a resounding endorsement, I don’t know what is.  I do have to edit a bit (the snake is ‘snakey’, not ‘scary’ — I’m not a big on telling kids which animals are gross or scary before they’ve ever even encountered them), but what are ya gonna do.


This book is a bit of a special case.  It’s not that interesting for me personally — the pictures are nothing special, it’s only got about 10 words in it, and it has a train (trains bore me senseless).  But Badger can take it off the shelf, sit down, and “read” it to herself from beginning to end.  Which makes it one of the greatest books ever as far as I’m concerned.
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2 Responses to Our* Favorite Books

  1. Elspeth says:

    Oooh, I recommend ‘I love you through and through’ – described as a hug in book form and very popular in our house. You can do all the actions in it, which goes down well…

    (loving your blog, by the way. You’re on my google reader list 🙂 )

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