Books make a big part of both my boys' life and its surprising that they have never found a mention on this blog before. Inspired by Divya's wonderful blog, I had been considering writing a post about the most loved books in our house but never got around to doing it. So recently, when Divya invited me to write one such post to celebrate the blog's one year anniversary, it was the perfect opportunity!
Although Divya's blog is titled one-story-a-day, in our house the theme is more like one story a week or even a month! In fact, there are some books that are such favourites that they are read over and over again for months.
Adventures of Curious George by H.A.Rey has got to be Kabir's most favourite series of books. Top 4 favourites in this series are: CG gets a medal, CG rides a bike, CG goes to the hospital and CG takes a job. These books are longer than the usual Curious George books and tell the tales of how George's curiosity always lands him into trouble and how he manages to get out of these situations.
Another book that has stood the test of time in our house is the British author Jill Murphy's 'Whatever Next!' This is a charming story about Baby Bear who wants to visit the moon. So he finds a space helmet (kitchen colander), space boots (rain boots) and a rocket (an empty carton) and takes off to the moon to have a picnic. The book leaves much to the reader's imagination and is a great read for children (like Kabir) who are obsessed with the moon. While on topic of the moon, another great book we like is Eric Carle's 'Papa, please get the moon for me'.
I should also mention some of Anurag's favourite books. He likes most picture books where he can point at things and say what they are (Richard Scarry books are great for this). But his most favourite one (which can be used to calm him down during the worst of outbursts) is "Bear on a Bike" written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Debbie Harter. This was one of the first children's book that we ever owned and was much loved by Kabir as a baby and now by Anurag. There's something so special about the rhyme and the illustration in this book that it tends to be an instant hit with kids between 1 to 3 yrs of age.
It was hard to pick only a few titles in this post out of all the well-loved books. So I will now try to post more regularly about the current favourite ones in our house. Thanks Divya, for this opportunity. I look forward to many many years of one-story-a-day!