Aidan, Creating Memories, Reading

Aidan’s June Book Review

Each day Aidan and I read about four or five books. I always look forward to our reading time together. Lately, we have been on an animal book kick. Aidan loves when I make each animal sound. He does his best to imitate me, but usually they end up sounding like DaDa or high pitched squeals.  I thought I would choose three of the animal books we have read this month, and review them. 

The first two books are part of Aidan’s own book collection. They are Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle. 


Giraffes Can’t Dance is about a giraffe named Gerald who wants to dance at the annual Jungle dance. All of the other animals are graceful and very talented, except Gerald. With his long legs and wobbly knees, he is quite clumsy. When the other animals mock him, Gerald goes off and learns to dance on his own with the help of an inspirational friend and the moon music. Aidan loved looking at the bright illustrations of this book and followed along to the rhyming story. This is a book we will read over and over again. 

Little Blue Truck is a book about helping others and making new friends. Blue, an old pickup truck gets stuck in the mud when he is helping push a grumpy dump truck out of the mud. When Blue gets stuck, a group of farm animals he befriended along the way, gather together to help both trucks get unstuck. This book is a favorite of Aidan’s, because he recognizes certain farm animals from his GiGi and PaPa’s farm. Whenever he sees a cow or a cat, he gets very excited and tried to pet the picture. Aidan loves anything to do with animals and trucks, so this book was a perfect read. 

The final animal book I have chosen is called, There Might Be Lobsters, by Carolyn Crimi. I absolutely adored this book and will have to buy it for our own library. Aidan’s GiGi was the one who picked this book out, when we visited the public library together. 


There Might Be Lobsters, is a book about a little dog named Sukie who has a lot of anxiety when it comes to the beach. Instead of enjoying the sand and water with her owner Eleanor, she sits back on a towel in fear of a stray beach ball or lobster. When her stuffed monkey Chunka Munka is in danger, she puts all her fears behind her and realizes the beach isn’t so scary after all. This book is full of charming illustrations and is a fun read aloud for all ages. 

I love that Aidan enjoys looking at books just as much as I enjoy reading them to him. It is always such a pleasure when we find a book we both adore. These three books can be treasured by all ages. If you have a favorite animal book, please comment below. I am always looking for new book ideas for Aidan. 

Happy Reading,

Molly

Aidan, Motherhood, Reading

A Love of Reading

From the moment I learned to read, my parents instilled the importance of books in my life. My dad would read to my sister and I every night before bed. He was the one who introduced the classics to us. Three of the books I remember him reading were the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and The Hound of the Baskervilles. I looked forward to him coming home from work, because I knew we would have reading time with daddy. Now that I am a mom, I hope to pass my love of reading on to my son and other future children. Aidan and I make a weekly trip to the library, where we pick out 12-15 books. His favorite authors so far are Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss. While he doesn’t fully understand what I am reading to him, he enjoys looking at the pictures and hearing me make funny voices. I love getting to snuggle with him on my lap, as he holds the book and attempts to turn the pages. I also know that by reading to him everyday, it will help him build an imagination, while also preparing him for school. 

This past week was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In honor of Dr. Seuss Day, our library held a Birthday celebration. Since Aidan and I love his books, I thought it would be fun to take Aidan to their party. While there were only a few activities we could do with a six month old, it was enjoyable to create new memories with our son. We loved sitting and listening to story time. 


Aidan absolutely loved listening to the stories. For a six month old, he behaved perfectly, with only a few squeals here and there. He loved to look around at all the other children and take everything in. After story time, we showed Daddy around the Children’s section of the library. We had to point out our favorite wall paintings and the different spots we go to every week. 


While he wasn’t old enough for birthday cake or working on the kid’s craft, we found a cozy spot and read a Dr. Seuss book as a family. We even let Daddy pick it out. Soon it was time to go, because our little book worm was getting tired. I am so glad we were able to spend the day as a family at one of Aidan and my favorite places. Books are such an important tool in building a child’s imagination and preparing them to read and write on their own. I love that I am able to share my passion of reading with my son. I hope that by continuing to read to him everyday, he understands the importance of books and grows to appreciate them as I have. Without my parents reading to my siblings and I everyday, I never would have fallen in love with reading and going to the library. If you have an hour or even fifteen minutes, pick out a book and read with your child. If your children are all grown up and out of the house, make some time to read for yourself. I promise it will be worth it. Happy Reading and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!