CJ's Top Ten Books of 2011
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell - I can't tell you how many times we lifted the flaps on this book. The book is cute and small yet sturdy enough to handle countless flap-lifting. Which animal will the zoo send next? I used this to teach CJ animals sounds and signs.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - I don't think this one needs much of an introduction. This is a classic for all the right reasons. About halfway through the year, when we got to the page with the food on it, CJ would pretend to eat the food. Still one of my favorite book memories of this year. Such a goober.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You by Dr. Seuss - I got a lot of practice back in the day reading this one to my little sister. CJ loves to hear me make all the sounds that Mr. Brown can make. I'm pretty much an expert at noise-making.
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz - CJ loves these books by Karen Katz. The images are freaking adorable, and he loves to find the body parts under the flaps.
Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro - We did a lot of lifting the flap this year as you can see. This is another cute one with animals and the sounds they make. It is also a really small book, about the size of my hand, so we take it with us when we go out.
Teeth Are Not For Biting by Elizabeth Verdick - We had a slight issue in the beginning of the year when CJ started teething. I honestly don't remember where we got this book from, but CJ loves to read it. He doesn't bite at all anymore, because he knows "Ouch! Biting hurts!". I love the pictures in this one too.
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton - We don't actually own this one. We've borrowed it from the library a couple of times, and I have the Nook App that sings and tells CJ the story though. We love it. I use this in my sign language classes because kids love to hear the animal sounds and make the signs.
Big Board First 100 Animals (First Words) - We still read this one almost every day. CJ loves to just sit down and look at all the pictures of the animals. Sometimes I'll catch him looking at the horse and making the sign for horse. Such a funny little goober.
Fisher Price My Little People Farm (Lift the Flap Playbooks) - Sometimes the best things in life are free. This book is one of them. We got it from someone who just gave us a bag of children's books.
We've read it over and over again. One set of pages is shapes, then colors, then animals. It is really cute.
Star Wars ABC - This one is courtesy of my nerd husband. The only words CJ knows are mama, dada, nana, and Boba. Seriously. You turn to page 2 and say "B is for?" and CJ yells "Boba!". It's hilarious. So if you or your husband are Star Wars fans, you definitely have to get this one.
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