We’re big readers around these parts. And Dashiell definitely has his favorites… most of which involve trucks, naturally! Here are a few that we’ve been reading non-stop and are loved equally by parent and child.
Everything Goes on Land, by Brian Biggs. Brian actually sent this one to us when he read here that Dashiell was a big fan of Richard Scarry. His hope was to “combine the sensibility of Richard Scarry with the Whereâ€™s Waldo and I Spy books” to give kiddos something to spend hours pouring over. Such fantastic inspiration and I’m so glad he found us! Dashiell loves the bright colors and modern illustration. And for a boy who loves anything that “goes”, this book is perfect. An entire page of trains! A whole spread of motorcycles! Plus there’s cats and birds and people and all sorts of city life. It’s almost too exciting.
A House is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman. Oh how I love this book. My friend Staci gave it to us for Dashiell’s first birthday and we’re finally to a point where he will sit still to actually hear the words. It so clever and creative and the illustrations are intricate and fabulous and I love reading long rhyming stories out loud. It’s like the perfect 70′s children’s book, that coincidentally was first published the year I was born. Awwww.
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker. So as I’ve mentioned, we are very into trucks these days. You think, my son will not be into trucks because we do not have many trucks around the house. And we are not into trucks, after all. But listen, mamas, you cannot stop a little boy from loving trucks. Garbage trucks, UPS trucks, FedEx trucks, Arrowhead Water trucks, buses, moving vans, pick up trucks… they are EVERYWHERE. And I swear little boys have a special radar for them. My mom brought this book up for her number one grandson last time my parents came to visit and it’s been a wild success around here. It’s super sweet and rhymes, of course, and we love reading it over and over.
Where the Wild Things Are by, well, YOU KNOW. We’ve also just gotten into this book (finally making the transition away from board books!) and it really is one of the best. Dashiell has learned to stomp and howl and “rumpus” with the best of them. We like to start the wild rumpus around here at least a few times a day.
Do you guys have any fave books right now? We’re always on the lookout for good recommendations.
(Side note: On the non-children reading list, just finished Boys Adrift. It’s sooooo fascinating. Kind of in the Freakonomics or Nurture Shock way, (two other faves). Parents of boys, I would definitely recommend giving it a read!)