Top Ten Books I Read with My Daughter


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week we get to pick any of the TTT topics we want! I was immediately drawn into the first topic on their list, Childhood Favorites. But not for me - for Lucy! Because obviously Lucy already has amassed quite a little library. I mean, have you met me?!

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Books to Read to My Daughter:

We love this one because the illustrations are gorgeous, it's a Ukrainian folk tale, and it has just enough silliness to keep us happy. 

Pride & Prejudice : A BabyLit Counting Primer
OBVIOUSLY. But mostly because they give shoutouts to the classics like The Hounds of the Baskervilles and Moby Dick while having some teaching elements like counting or colors. 

We got this book for Lucy on Valentine's Day and it is absolutely lovely. The pictures have a comforting hand drawn quality to them and the advice is SO. GOOD. Basically this book tells kids what it means when we say Be Nice. Examples: Love is meant to be passed on. Don't tickle (okay maybe a little). Listen to what someone has to say. Seriously, I will be giving this book at all the baby showers from now on. 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
This is a classic! Again, the illustrations are just adorable and iconic. There's also some prediction and wonder elements in here as mouse wants more things as we go on in the story. It's pretty fun. 

Goodnight Moon
Another classic! Yet while I may absolutely adore this book for the nostalgia value, Lucy sincerely likes looking at the pictures as we point out the different things we say goodnight to. She finds her zen while we read this one. It's so neat! 

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Again - obviously this is a classic. But this was one of Andrew's favorites as a child. Lucy is also able to help turn the pages in the middle where we count what the caterpillar ate each day. Dexterity!

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I didn't know about this book (and holiday spinoffs!) until it was given as a gift by a friend of mine at a shower. It has quickly worked its way into the rotation because of the silliness, nice repetition of phrases, and the heartfelt reminder that momma (and daddy) always love their baby no matter what! Even if they are a skunk that smells so bad its name is stinky face.

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This was another Andrew classic growing up! While it does bother me a little bit that the two nutbrown hares are in competition the whole time, I absolutely adore that they are both men. Brothers? Father and son? I have no idea - but it's a nice gender change from the mother and girl characters! 

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Obviously, Lucy doesn't really get the gist of this one. But she loves hearing me read about the tomato tornado and the frankfurter showers. And these illustrations are just the BEST. We definitely both enjoy those! Also, this is just another silly story. We like silly in this house.

The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
In addition to bright colors and emphatic pleas from our dear friend Grover, this one is quick, fits in her hands perfectly while we read (and she chews), and is nice and bright. There's also a little bit of mystery about what's at the end and lots of laughing at Grover trying to stop us from turning the pages! 

Basically when I'm not reading my books, I'm reading these books to Lucy! 

Were any of these in your house growing up? Do you read them to your littles? 

Go forth and peep the other Top Ten Tuesdays today for variety sake! 


Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

26 comments:

  1. I love that you're reading classics with her :) Quite a few of these adorn my nephews libraries. I had not heard of I Love You, Stinky Face before and am thinking I need to get this for them. They would LOVE the silliness in it!

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    1. I think they will love it! There's a Christmas and Halloween one too. :)

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  2. Guess How Much I Love You is adorable. I didn't know about this story until my boyfriend gave it to me, haha. I'll definitely use this one for my future children! And The hungry caterpillar is indeed a classic story!

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  3. Oh, I love this idea! I love several of these, including The Mitten, Goodnight Moon, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (or anything by Eric Carle, really). I've seen those Baby Lit books around B&N when I'm working in the Kid's section, but I've never opened one. Clearly, I should take a look at them!

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    1. Eric Carle is pretty much a boss. Yes, you should totes look into those Baby Lit books! CUTENESS.

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  4. LITTLE MISS AWESOME? That is clearly the COOLEST BOOK SERIES EVER.

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    1. Ha - I wish! It says Little Miss Austen. :) But basically that's the same thing.

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  5. I remember quite a few of these from childhood, and I've read most of them to my kids. Some of our favorite board books are by Sandra Boynton. So fun!
    I chose Childhood Favorites too, but I did my own. Maybe I should do a follow up of my kids' favorites. :)

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    1. We love the Sandra Boynton too! We have Snuggle Puppy and one other one I can't remember. Good stuff!

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    2. You inspired me to do a similar post today (with a link back here, of course). :)
      http://abibliophilesstyle.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/top-five-tuesday-my-kids-current-faves/

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  6. I love all these books. I'm a children's librarian, and I have such a huge soft spot for picture books. I'm actually going to read The Mitten for Pajama Story Time on Thursday.

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  7. OH MY GOSH. I used to be OBSESSED with There's A Monster At The End Of This Book!!! I just almost cried some happy tears thinking about it and realized I NEED to get Genevieve that book! I also really loved the Caterpillar book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and Goodnight Moon. Must check out the others for Genevieve and Adela!

    Cute twist on the original topic, Lisa!

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    1. BOOK MEMORIES FTW.
      Genevieve and Adela will love all these books! I just know it. :)

      Thanks, Jamie!

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  8. Great pick. OMG HUNGRY CATERPILLAR - clearly the best children's book ever! Nice list :) My TTT.

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    1. You and my husband are in agreement on that one! :)

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  9. Jennifer Adams series is sooo good. I have read them all and I have no kids. The art work is amazing and I recommend them to everyone!!

    Angie
    Top Ten Book Covers to Frame

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    1. Aren't they though?! So fun! The art is adorable and definitely worth having around - kiddos or no!

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  10. Great picks! I have a few of these books, and I always WANT to read Guess How Much I Love You with Marko, but he's just not into that one yet. He prefers the touch and feel books, and anything that has a "peekaboo" in it (lift the flap, etc.) And Sandra Boynton. He LOVES Sandra Boynton!

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    1. There are some books that Lucy is just NOT into lately (mostly prayer ones - ha!) so I stick with what works for now. She does like "Pat the Bunny" as well. I forgot about that. Sandra Boynton is a great one too!

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  11. I used to love The Monster at the End of This Book :]

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    1. It's so cute and vibrant and awesome!

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  12. I ADORE the Numeroff books - they have been one of the FIRST places we've checked OVER AND OVER AND OVER at the library for years! Now my three are older and into the bigger-kid books, but I totally miss the mouse and the moose and the pig and the rest of her books. Total faves. LOVE.

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  13. I love you, stinky face. That's a great title. I hung out in the children's section a few weeks ago when it was freezing inside and I read some great books. I can't wait until we have kids and we can build up this section of our library. :)

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  14. You just made me wish I had a bebe so I could read these books with them.

    Does that count as a win?

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