Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Running through my mind...

Last night, as I was lying in bed, desperately trying to get some much-needed sleep and failing miserably, these phrases kept running through my mind:

  • But she just doesn't know, should she stay should she go, but YES the hippopotamus!
  • We hippos love our belly b's, they're cute and round and funny. And there's a place we take them to when summer days are sunny.
  • BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Mr. Brown is a Wonder! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Mr. Brown makes thunder!
  • Mother Hubbard in the cellar, I spy Cinderella.

Yes, running through my mind when I should be peacefully sleeping were the words of some of Will's favorite books (a gold star to any of you who can name all four books). Will loves to read and I love to read to him (as does his daddy; see photos below). But as you can imagine, we are getting bored of the ten board books we have (most of Sandra Boynton's books, a couple Eric Carle and one Dr. Seuss among a few others). Sooooo, we turn to our blogging friends to get some recommendations for some new books. Tell us some of your favorite books (preferably board books, but any will do) so that we can expand our repertoire of books!

Reading time with dada. Whenever the camera comes out, all he can do is stare at it like it is some fancy contraption.


whitney said...

#1 "but not the hippopotamus" by sandra boynton

#2 "belly button book" by sandra boynton

#3 "mr. brown can moo" by dr. suess

#4 "each peach pear plum"

do i get a gold star? :) ok, here's my recommendations (all on amazon):

-"bright baby" by roger priddy (4 pack - great bright pictures that babies are drawn to)
-"gossie" by oliver dunrea (totally cute stories about a goose and her friends - there's lots of versions and they come in hardback or boardbook - i like the boardbooks - they are a little shorter)
-"that's not my..." by fiona watt and rachel wells (touchy-feely boardbooks - tons of versions)
-"personal penguin" & "snuggle puppy" by sandra boynton (i don't know if you already have these ones but they have songs to go along with them - super cute)
-the bright and early board books (dr. suess, berenstain bears, p.d. eastman, etc. you can usually get 4 packs of these books at costco at christmas time for super cheap - my kids totally love them)

check costco for books. they don't always have tons of baby books (they have a bigger selection of kids books), but they always have fun finds like soft books that you can velcro animals into. ok, this was really long, but hopefully helpful! :)

jess said...

owey looooves "there's a wocket in my pocket" and i generally think you can't go wrong with dr. seuss.
we also really like the bright baby books. i hit up DI for used books recently when we got bored. you can't beat 50 cents a book!

whitney said...

oh ya, if you can't sleep, i recommend taking advil pm. take just one instead of two and it will help you sleep but you don't wake up with as much of a hangover in the morning. i'm all about medicated help. :)

RMoncrief said...

Well, it's even worse when you have that stuff going through you head when you don't even have kids!!! Also, Jessica Spear Madsen, it's my right as the little sister to post those pictures!! hee hee! Besides, you look exactly the same!!! Love your guts.

tida6 said...

I took a children's literature class, so here's my "Top Ten" list for Birth to 4 yrs.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
3.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
4. Corduroy by Don Freeman
5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
6. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
9. 1 Zillion Valentine's by Frank Model
10. Pat The Bunny by D. Kunhardt

Some more are:
Hands Can by Cheryl Hudson
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
What Do You Say? By Mandy Stanley
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Check out Costco. They always have books for any age.

Good Luck with the Sleep thing. It will get better.

:) Tiff

Jason, Cookie, Olivia said...

So the one Tiff wrote about, brown bear, My niece Piper loves it. In fact I have it memorized as well and say it to Olivia over and over all day. We don't even have the book!! I found that in Targets dollar bins you can find really cute books sometimes. We got one today its a peek a boo book which she loves. If I can't find the little monster she is usually reading to herself in the corner its pretty cute.

RMoncrief said...

In answer to your questions on my post, Carol was in Boston visting her BFF Kara. (I was so happy when she brought me back a Dunkin Doughnut! I hate every other kind of doughnut.) I have a Cannon Powershot S80. It has a few pimped out features that I love. (so I don't have to use photoshop because I don't know how and I'm to lazy to learn). Sometimes I'll spruce the pics up a bit in IPHOTO. You can do basic effects there like make the pictures look antique or boost the color type of thing. I would say it's in between your basic digital camera and a professional digital camera. I'll show it to you IF I come to Spokane. Wish Coox would hurry up and decide!!! I'll be in NYC next week for a couple days you know. How far away are you from the city?

The Pyper Fam said...

I'm so glad that Will is getting lots of good use out of those books we got him! :) I love anything by Sandra Boynton, but after 6 or so months of them ya just gotta get something new! I can't believe that Will is already so old! Time is flying by! So I just worked at the temple with Michelle and she told me all about Cameron! I've been meaning to call you but my Mother in Law has been in town visiting all week, so I haven't had the chance! Anyway, I can't wait to see you guys! Funny dream by-the-way. I guess we need to do a road trip? I say we start meeting in the middle for a girls weekend or something, like in Chicago, every year! Anyway...gotta go to bed!