Posted by Fitz

The Bean is lucky enough to have a great aunt who has given her books for every birthday and holiday since she was born.  My girl has enough titles to start her own independent toddler’s library, and there is nothing she loves more than sitting with her dad or me to read stories for huge amounts of time.  Because she loves reading so much, and because she has some uncommon books that are written for kids her age and older, I thought I’d share her latest favorites. 

  1. Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey – A prize-winning story about a girl named Sal who goes on a blueberry-picking adventure at the same time as a mother bear and her cub.  Might also be responsible for the Bean’s recent fear of bears, although those pesky Berenstein Bears could also be at fault.
  2. Carry Me! by Rosemary Wells – A collection of three cute poems – Carry Me!, Talk to Me!, and Sing to Me! – from a cute little bunny’s point of view.
  3. The Whole Night Through: A Lullaby, by David Frampton – A neat tour through the wildlife at night, illustrated with elaborate drawings that replicate Frampton’s intricate woodcuttings.  The Bean is now a big fan of both kinkajous and wildebeests.
  4. Chicka Chicka 123, by Bill Martin, Jr., Michael Sampson and Lois Ehlert – Given the Bean’s love of the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we had to get Martin, Sampson, and Ehlert’s take on numbers.  It’s a jazzy little story that will take kids through 1-100’s journey up an apple tree. 
  5. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak – A classic that doesn’t even need to be described, especially with the feature film about to be released.  The Bean’s favorite part?  Tickling the feet and “AHMPITS!” of the wild things during their wild rumpus.

And there you have it…my Bean’s latest reading list.  I hope your bean enjoys these books as much as mine does!