Oscar’s Favorite Books

July 14, 2006



My 18-month old has only recently become interested in books. He especially loves anything that has a rhythym when you read it.

His current faves (all have a great rhythym and all have excellent, though widely differing, illustration):
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Barnyard Dance
The Remarkable Farkle McBride
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
Bam, Bam, Bam

Although I bought it for me and not my kids, (I was taking an illustration class in college — pre-motherhood — and picked it up to study the illustrations), Bam, Bam, Bam has become a family favorite. It’s a book featuring demolition and construction and I would recommend it as a first read-aloud for any boy. The illustrations are big, bright and simple with great colors. And if you shout out the Bam, Bam, Bams and Slam, Slam, Slams, the boys are hooked.

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1 steve u. July 14, 2006 at 11:45 am

Anytime we are doing the girls’ hair in the morning or gathering items for a trip and someone says anything about a comb and a brush, we have a chorus of “and a bowl full of mush” from one of our all-time favs, Goodnight Moon.

One of my happiest memories is taking Ike downtown to see Mike Mulligan excavate a big hole. He knew it wasn’t Mike but played along and helped me yell at him to remember to leave a way out.

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2 Design Mom July 14, 2006 at 12:46 pm

I love Goodnight Moon. It’s probably time to introduce Oscar to the lovely volume. Thanks for the reminder.

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3 Lindsey July 14, 2006 at 12:59 pm

We love Barnyard Dance. You gave me that when I was pregnant with Lilly and I couldn’t wait to read it to her. She acts out the whole thing. I’m going to get the other books on your list now, too.

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4 Lizzy July 14, 2006 at 9:05 pm

i thought about you the other day when i bought our newest book: the worm family. very blairish!

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5 steve u. July 15, 2006 at 11:11 am

Didn’t you (don’t you) buy the Caldecott winner every year? Now that you have logged considerable parenting and parent/child reading time, what is your take on Caldecott award winners? Of course, they are beautiful, but I’m interested in how they rank in terms of kids enjoyment compared to some of the good (maybe less beautiful) rhyming books you mention.

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