What books do you read to your kids?

We asked on Twitter: What are your favorite books to read to kids? Amy, a mom in Southern California, had a lot to say! Amy blogs at Baby Baby Lemon, and is a stay at home mom to an awesome 2-year-old toddler named Spencer.

Reading Kingdom: Do you consider yourself an avid reader?
Amy: I do. Before I had a child, more so, but I am getting back in the swing of things. I used to read at least a book a week and now I am averaging one to two books a month.

RK: What were your favorite books as a child?
Amy: I really loved series books like Little House on the Prairie, the Dark Angel trilogy, Choose your own adventure books (I always cheated), Harriet the Spy and then Sweet Valley High series when I got a little older. My absolute favorite books were by author Beverly Cleary and my most favorite of all was Ellen Tebbits.

RK: What are your favorite kinds of books to read to your kids?
Amy: Spencer is still in the ripping/tearing/spine breaking stage so we stick to board books. I like ones with a good reading aloud rhythm, so books by Sandra Boynton are big hitst. His favorites of hers are 5 Animals, Moo Baa La La La and Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs.

The other book we all love (which isn’t so much a reading book) is Eating The Alphabet. The illustrations are gorgeous and he likes going through and naming all of the fruits and vegetables.

RK: What do you think makes a good children’s book?
Amy: I like them to have a cadence for reading, at least at the board book level. We have a few where the rhythms and pattern just isn’t there and it isn’t much fun to read. Authors Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton excel at this.

RK: What are some of your kids favorite books?
Amy: He loves the aforementioned Boynton’s as well as Goodnight Gorilla and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

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