I'm trying to keep a few more promises I make myself lately, and one I made a while back was try to record some of Josephine's favorite books as she grows. Well, I only waited a few months this time, so here we go! In the first few months of Josephine's second year, these were some of the smash hits around here:
Oh yes, "Pocket" (as Josephine calls it) is back, BIG TIME. I truly can't believe how into Suess she is, given they are way longer than the average book she likes, and her attention span with other activities can be 0.1 seconds. But seriously, Pocket is an excellent Suess choice, if you're in the market.
A close second for favorite Suess is "Moo." In fact, yesterday at nap, she asked to take it to bed with her. I figured, good luck sister, the lights will be out and gave it to her. When she finally got quiet, I turned on the monitor to get a peek and see that she was sleeping safely and not wedged somewhere, and she was laying on her back, quietly "reading" in the dark. I ran to get my camera, but by the time I got it, she was fast asleep. I'll have to live with the mental image, I suppose.
My mom found one of those "10 Books Your Toddler NEEDS" lists, and this was on it. This book was like CRACK for about a month. She needed it multiple times a night, every night, or all hell would break loose. She laughed, she smiled, she memorized the book, it was all well and good (except for the fact that I got pretty sick of it pretty quickly, and I was only reading it to her during the day -- Jeremy does the bedtime reading). She still loves it, but doesn't require 25 readings a day (thankfully). What can I say? She loves her some heavy machinery.
This is actually one in a series of books that I saw and loved in Barnes & Noble not long after Josie was born, and was also on the "GOTTA BUY THIS BOOK" list my mom found, so she bought her this when she bought her Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. It is super super cool, as the images "move" across the pages. Very high tech and all. I always bring this one in the car, because I can throw it at her over my shoulder and she "reads" it herself, as opposed to other books that Mama must read (Yeah, that's a fun little fight in the car -- "Mama read it!" "I'm driving, honey; I'll read it when we get home." "MAMA READ IT!!!!!!" "MAMA'S DRIVING, PUNK!" -- just kidding. I just repeat myself through clenched teeth, that's all.)
This was a birthday gift, and it's one of those lovely "something moves on every page" books. She is ALL ABOUT IT. She also calls one of the princesses "Mama," so I'm on board, too. You've gotta take every compliment you can get, am I right?
I am super geeked, in a super-nerdy way, that Josephine loves this book. This is one of the books that I have the most vivid memories of reading when I was wee. I loved all the yelling and laughing and page-turning involved. (If you're not familiar, Grover is begging the reader not to turn pages, and then when you do, he gets all mad. Hilarious.)
Did you fans of the original know there was a new addition, this time with our little friend Elmo? (Of course, right? That monster's everywhere.) Well, there is, and this time Grover begs the reader not to turn the pages and Elmo tells them to go ahead and do it. Hilarity ensues.
And there you have it -- what Josephine is digging the most right now. If you have kids this age, what are they grooving on currently? I'd love to add to her collection if you have suggestions not on our shelves!