Five Children's Books for Easy Memorization
Let's take a step back to a couple of years ago...summer 2015. I was pregnant with my boy E and, naturally, getting very excited for his upcoming arrival.
Now that I was in my second trimester and knew I was having a boy, I was hot on the trail to buy my little guy toys, clothes and, of course, books! Because, like every new mom, my child WAS going to be smart, WOULD enjoy reading, and would NOT give me any problems, because he would be perfect. Yep--I was DELUSIONAL!
However, here we are two years later and wouldn't you know, I was right on 2/3 of my predictions. While his toddler meltdown that occurred only five minutes ago because his snack wouldn't heat up fast enough certainly squelches the "my child will be perfect" dream, I feel like I met my other two goals pretty successfully.
My kid is smart--in my opinion anyway. He knows all of his body parts, can identify each letter of the ABC's, and we now can almost count to ten! Hey, he is only 20 months old, so I'm counting those as wins.
He also loves books. And when I say he loves them, I truly do mean that there is no past time my son would rather do than sit down with his mama or dada and read the same five books--over and over....and over.....
Now I am faced with a dilemma because at least 15 times a day he toddles up to me with one of his favorite books and will incessantly whine until I read it to him. And, of course, I want to read to him. I can't in good conscience tell my child no to reading and pop him in front of the television (though this has been done a time or two in the midst of chaotic dinner prep). But, boy oh boy, did I underestimate just how much time I would be putting in to keeping my son's love of reading alive. But darn it--I am committed.
So now I have to make the conscious effort each day to be present when my son asks to read a book. The dishes can wait, the laundry will be folded eventually, and to be perfectly honest my bladder no longer holds me back from reading as well, because my son follows me into the bathroom every time anyways.
But, I get it. We are moms, which means by default, we are incredibly busy. Which is why I have put together this lovely list of 5 books that are not only fun for your tot, but incredibly easy for moms and dads to memorize. Now my son turns the pages and I recite the story while simultaneously doing 10 other things around the house. In fact, as I write this blog I am "reading" I Love You, Stinky Face.
I ask you. Who other than a mom can multitask so well?
I hope you enjoy these books as much as we do. And please click on the link provided to purchase them for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
This book, and it's subsequent sequel, are by far my son's absolute favorite books. We have actually been reading these books since E was in my tummy, no joke.
Mustache Baby follows Baby Billy, a loveable little redhead who happened to be born with a mustache. While at first, his mustache is "noble and just" over time his mustache begins to curl up at the ends until it eventually turns into a BAD GUY MUSTACHE!
Not only is the book enjoyable for my son, but my husband and I love it as well. In fact, we have even come up with funny voices for each of the characters, which makes reading this book so much fun.
Though I have had it memorized for quite some time now, even I still enjoy reading it. The illustrations are fantastic!
Get it here: http://amzn.to/2rb0rtM
Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos
The sequel to Mustache Baby, this book follows Baby Billy to his next adventure with frienemy Javier, AKA Beard Baby!
Though Baby Billy wants a friend, he gets quickly upset by how easily Javier is able to one-up Billy. Pretty soon both Baby Billy and Javier have a Bad Guy Beard/Mustache.
This story plays on the importance of having friends and accepting them for who they are and what they can do--even if it makes you a little jealous.
Get it here: http://amzn.to/2stNijj
The ABC Book by Dr. Suess
I have to be honest, this book will get stuck in your head. But that is definitely not a bad thing! It is Dr. Suess, after all, so it is filled with funny words that are both lyrical and fun to say.
This is how my son has actually been learning the alphabet. Rather than reciting the same old ABC song, we just recite this book, since memorizing it is so easy. Plus, who doesn't love a good tongue twister?
Get it here: http://amzn.to/2stJyys
I am Blessed by Grace Maccarone
This book is pretty self-explanatory, but so incredibly heartfelt. I love reading this because it is a daily reminder to count my blessings.
Told from the perspective of a little boy who spends his entire day counting the ways he is blessed, I hope that this will not only teach my own son to do the same, but continue to be a reminder to myself as well.
It takes no more than 2-minutes to read and you can probably memorize it within an hour.
Get it here: http://amzn.to/2sfz8C6
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
When I first got this book for E, he was less than impressed. In fact, he would often shut it after the first page was read. Don't ask me why.
But it has recently become one of our most read books. In fact, we now own the entire Stinky Face collection, though this one is still our favorite.
This is by far my favorite book, and I think that is because it is the story of a little boy and his mama. The characters even look a little like my E and I.
The little boy, like most kids, is almost annoyingly inquisitve. Each time his mama says she loves him he asks "but mama, but mama, what if...?" However, no matter how many hypothetical senerios he throws her way, his mother always comes up with a reason why she would still love her son.
Get it here: http://amzn.to/2su2M6Y