As I posted a couple of weeks ago, Anna and I read lots of stories together at bedtime. Some of my favorites are:
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
The Bellybutton Book by Sandra Boynton
Animal Hide and Seek (Usborne Books)
The Muddy Hippo (Usborne Books)
The Complete Adventures of Curious George
The Velveteen Rabbit
Anything by Dr. Seuss
There are several others that I like as well (in fact, I've gone back to add to the list several times while trying to type this sentence).
We have a TON of children's books. This is thanks in large part to the awesome baby shower thrown for me by the writer's group that I participate in - each of the ladies gave Anna their favorite children's books, many of them, and I was well stocked by the time Anna finally came along!
Up until this weekend, we had all of Anna's books on two shelves hanging off of her bedroom wall. On Friday, though, I noticed that the brackets were pulling away from the wall and I had the sickening premonition of Anna being squashed by not only her favorite tales of hiding ducks and cows jumping over the moon, but also some pretty heavy duty wooden shelves. So we pulled the books down.
Luckily I had an empty DVD shelf that fit her books perfectly. And the shelf fit nicely between the end of her crib and the window. There were two things that I did not take into account with this move:
1. Anna now has access to all her books...ALL OF THEM...which she must read all at the same time, piled around her, all lying open in piles on the floor. Such large piles, in fact, that I've had to lift her out of the middle of a book avalanche several times in the last few days.
2. The shelves are conveniently placed at the end of the crib, so that should Anna decide she doesn't want to nap when she's tired and crabby, she need not cry. No! She can simply monkey her little arms through the bars and pull her favorite stories into bed with her. I found her surrounded by EIGHT open books on Sunday morning. She stayed in there for over an hour and I only went in because I knew she wasn't going to go to sleep and felt bad.
I can't decide if number two is a bad thing or not. There's no way she could use the shelf to climb out of the crib, I made very sure of that. But it's awfully funny to open the door at the end of nap time only to have her look up at me as if to say "just one more chapter and then I'll come out."
What are your favorite books to read to your kids (or that you read when you were a kid)?