Levi and I LOVE to read.
One of the best things about being a kindergarten teacher (besides the kids of course) was all the books I got to read everyday. I have always loved children’s books.
As Levi gets older it has been so fun to share some of those books with him and read new ones that even his mama hasn’t heard before. It is funny how Levi picks his favorites. Every few weeks it seems like he has three or four favorites that he wants to read over and over and over…and then in a few weeks he has new favorites that he wants to read over and over and over. Joel and I are thankful that his favorites change…you can only read the same book over and over and over so many times. 🙂
These are his favorites right now:
Otis by Loren Long
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
Thank You, God by PK Hallinan
No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli (a silly book, but he LOVES it)
I’m sure in a few weeks he will have a new list of favorites.
Last week we were given two new books. How exciting! The author of these books, Mary Ellen Tippin
, is a friend of my family. In fact my family was introduced to the Tippins when we first moved to the area many, many years ago. Mary Ellen and my mom have been best buddies ever since.
These two books are about three little birds–Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty–and their birdie family. They are a little long for Levi’s age, but I was actually surprised how they held his attention. I only had to paraphrase a few pages because he was ready to move on. 🙂 He loved the birdies and was always looking for the nest in the illustrations. My nephew and niece are almost 3 and 5 and they love these books. They ask to read them whenever they go to Grammy’s house. I think in a few months Levi will love them too…maybe they will even make his list of favorites.
What I really like about these books is that they allow you to talk about God to your children and how he cares so much about every part of our lives…He even cares about the little birdies. Flitty, Twitty and Itty Bitty is based off of these verses:
Not one little birdie will fall to the ground without your Heavenly Father knowing all about it. So why should you be afraid? You are even more valuable to God then birdies.
Matthew 10:29 and 31
Does anyone really care what happens to baby birdies? God does. If God cares about baby birdies we can be sure He cares about each of us, too! The Birdie Family: Papa, Mama, Flitty, Twitty, and little Itty Bitty find out God is watching over them and their family when trouble “blows” their way.
I have been on the search for some Christmas books to read to Levi and Griffin that talk about the real meaning of Christmas. I would love to have a stack of Christmas books that we pull out every year to read. The Christmas Birdie is the perfect addition. What a fun way to recall that most important day of Jesus’ birth through the eyes of a little birdie.
Here is what Mary Ellen’s website said about The Christmas Birdie:
How would you like to have witnessed the birth of the most important person who ever lived? That is exactly what happened to a little birdie named Flit. What started out as disaster turned into wonder in a stable in Bethlehem one winter’s night.