Every night I snuggle into the recliner with Macie and sometimes Henley joins us. With one girl on each side of me, we start reading. Macie typically pushes for at least four or five books, Mom is usually done after two, although more times than not, I give in. We have some really cute favorites we've been reading lately so I thought I'd share.
First, I must say that Macie has been on a bear kick lately. We've been talking about bears, pretending we are running from bears, and reading all about them. My first two recommendations fall in line with our "bear" theme.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is not only a cute story but I love the little twist at the end. We read this one almost nightly.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is Macie's top read right now. I frequently find her on the couch reading this to herself. She sings along and does the sounds and hand motions. This book is extra special to me as I used to sing this chant when I was little. I remember patting my thighs as my teacher and classmates all sang along, dramatically running from the bear at the end. This is such a great book and definitely a crowd favorite.
Macie's last favorite that I am going to share is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. She loves all of the Pigeon books we've read but this is always her repeat pick. We read it ever so dramatically, complete with yelling when the Pigeon loses his cool. Another great pick for many ages, both Henley and Macie love this one.
Lately the books Henley loves are things she's currently obsessing over or thing that have a bit of humor in them. This book, You Don't Want a Unicorn, is both of these things. She loves the unicorns and the humor this book offers. Very cute read. I shared this one on Instagram stories the other day, the unicorn pooping cupcakes cracks me up just as much as the girls.
Lastly, Henley and Macie both love these Disney Storybook Collections (here, here, here, and here) are the top ones we currently have. I love how these allow us to mark our spot and read a little every night. The Frozen one has been one of the better ones as these are not stories the girls have ever heard before. They do not follow the movie which keeps them interested and wanting more. There are many different editions of these and I would recommend them all!
Nightly reading with the girls is usually the first time of the day I've been able to sit and just enjoy the quiet. I love spending time with them reading. I love seeing them express interest in the characters and the storytelling.
If you try any of these I'd love to hear your thoughts. Also feel free to shares some favorites of your children.