When it comes to favorite, classic books we often need look no further than those that were read to us as children, or that we find reading to our own children (over and over and over again).
As a librarian, I have had extensive experience performing story time to kids of all ages. Now that I am a new parent to a sweet baby boy, I find myself thinking back to stories that I loved telling in baby and toddler story time. (I feel obligated to launch into a list of reasons why you should read to babies and the literacy principles behind a child wanting to hear the same story over and over again. However, I’ll spare you the details. Just read to every kid you know and I’ll let you off the hook.)
One of the stories that I loved telling in story time or sharing one-on-one with my young nieces and nephews is Good Night, Gorilla. This nearly wordless picture book (also available as a board book) follows a zookeeper through his nightly ritual of saying good night to the zoo animals. Savvy readers with notice that the gorilla has pilfered keys from the zookeeper and is releasing all the animals. You’ll never guess where they end up in the adorable tale that makes for great reading night after night. Children can help tell the story as well as find a lot of hidden treasures within the illustration. (Again, a lot of great literacy skill building here!).
Love for a favorite childhood book is a product of an enjoyable book and the positive emotional experience of reading it with someone special in your life. I have several favorites that I can’t wait to read with my baby boy (and have already started). However, as a waiting adoptive parent, I was hesitant to purchase too many books ahead of time. People have been so generous in giving us a fabulous selection of great books. But I could always use more ideas!
What are your favorite stories from when you were you or that you read with a young one in your life?