In 2006, My wife and I were blessed with twin boys. We started to read to the instantly, and is something that we do every day and night to this day. I am amazed at how much they “crave” to be read to, and how they are starting to read to us (and their new sister). It is a great thing to witness and experience.
With that said, and in no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite books to read with them:
1) Peek-a-who? by Nina Laden
We found this book on a family vacation in Yosemite. The boys spotted it in a gift shop, and started flipping thru it instantly. The were nearly 2 years old at the time, and wouldn’t let it out of their hands. It’s colorful, whimsical, and has great imagery. At the end, there is a mirror, so they can see themselves.
2) My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis, Daniel Kirk
This is a rhyming tale of two dogs hauling a load of bones in their dump truck. Shockingly, the truck gets stuck, and with each passersby, the ask for help. The story progressively unfolds until a tow truck comes to their aid. This great for young truck lovers.
3) Chicken Butt! by Erica Perl, Henry Cole
This is probably the newest to our collection, and offers no educational value whatsoever. Well, it is a rhyming tale, but it is fun to read.
4) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is a classic tale. One of my personal favorite from when I was a child, and I couldn’t wait to share it with my boys.
5) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Again, another classic tale from my youth. It shows great imagination, and has fabulous artwork.
6) Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
Monkeys and Drums. A perfect combinations for toddlers!
7) Pajama Time! by Sandra Boyton
It’s a song and dance party! But it’s more than that. It shows children the importance of stretching, eating breakfast, and getting dressed. Then it switches its theme to night time and the different sleep outfits, and then joining the party!
8) Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boyton
This one was made more fun by emphasizing the exclamation with the word “OOPS!” in the story. The boys laugh every time!
9) Olivia by Ian Falconer
Simple colors: White, Black and Red. It showed the boys a unique view on an individual personality, and let them see that they were like every other child out there.
10) The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Dan Wood
Another great book to read. It’s fun to emulate the “BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!” of the big hungry bear.