All Book PicBooks have always allowed me to not only let my imagination run free but also provide insight into various areas of interest. I’ve always loved to read and wanted to pass that on to my daughter. Because I was eager, I started reading to her before she was born. Like many new moms-to-be, I read a lot about pregnancy and discovered that babies begin hearing sounds early in the second trimester and begin to react to them late into the second trimester and early into the third. So armed with that knowledge and thanks to a book themed baby shower that my co-workers threw for me, Miss O had an impressive library collection before she even arrived!

Now that she’s 2, it seems that our regular reading sessions have helped her develop her language skills (her vocabulary is constantly growing), expand her imagination and most importantly strengthen the bond between us. She loves to be read to and I look forward to when she can read to me!

I know lots of parents can relate so I’d like to share a list of Miss O’s favourite books. Perhaps you can add these to your child’s library if you don’t already have them. Some nights we read some of these more than once! I’m sure some of you know what that’s like!

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
By far this one has to be Miss O’s favourite book. It teaches children to love their everyday surroundings and how to react in trying situations. Plus it’s Canadian, can’t go wrong there! It follows a bear who shares his love by giving hugs, he especially loves to hug trees.

Chester Runs Into Trouble! by Kes Gray & Mary McQuillan
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve read this book together. This one is in heavy rotation. It tells the tale of a cheetah who reaches his goal but with unlikely consequences. A humourous way of teaching children the importance of taking care of themselves while having fun.

Sockheadz Picnic by Flowerpot Press
Great for kids who are curious and love to explore. There’s a hidden surprise behind a flap on each page. A great book to help children identify and name everyday items.

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
I made a trip to Chapters one day and this book caught my eye. It’s one I used to read to my “bump” and Miss O loves hearing it now (not sure if there’s a connection but let’s say there is). I personally like this book because it teaches kids that even if you’re having a bad day, those around you can help you see the fun in everyday things. It follows a bird who through the help of his creature friends forgets all about being grumpy.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
In my opinion this is a staple for any child’s library. I remember reading this one as a child. Miss O LOVES to point out the foods the catepillar eats and delights in the ending when the hungry catepillar becomes a beautiful butterfly. Great book to snuggle up with!

What are some of the books your little ones enjoy reading?