1.  Truck Jam by Paul Stickland.  This is an AMAZING pop-up.  The words and phrases on each page are easy enough for young kids to mimic, and the rhyme and rhythm creates a wonderful atmosphere for reading and singing it again and a again.  The pop ups are amazingly intricate with a dump truck that dumps, a fire truck ladder that extends and a hood you can peek through to see the engine!

2.  Elmer’s New Friend by David McKee.  We received this book and accompanying stuffed “Elmer” doll as a new baby gift from a family friend.  I put it on a shelf, not giving it much thought, but my younger son was immediately drawn to the colorful elephant.  The mirror in the back of the book is all but destroyed from being kissed and hugged, colored on and painted.  It is a refreshingly sweet book to read aloud, and the pictures are bright and colorful.

3.  Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  I haven’t found an Eric Carle book yet that my boys don’t like (we even have two copies of A House For Hermit Crab to accompany our hermit crab pets), but this one is definitely one of my youngest’s favorites.  We even play “caterpillar” when we’re eating, and sometimes it is a great way to get him to eat things he wouldn’t otherwise try!

4.  Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss.  Full of sounds and poetry, this is a GREAT read-aloud book.  It is verbal and loud, and it is a wonderful way to awaken your child to the noises and sounds around them.

5.  Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire.  While this one is listed and number five on the list, it is certainly not the least.  My son can recite this one, word for word (just like Mr. Brown Can Moo).  We are now on our second copy, and I’m sure the third will be forthcoming as well.  The simple words and bright colors make it appealing to young readers.  Besides, who doesn’t love a bear-ish creature with spots that change color?

What are your child’s favorite reads?  leave a comment and let us know!