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What We’re Reading {& Re-Reading!}

At the beginning of the year I had vowed that I would read to my little munchkin a variety of books weekly. I decided to choose 2-3 new books each week to introduce to him a variety as well as  further enhance his exposure to different books with the hope that he would, not only gain the benefits from reading, but also learn to love a diversity of books.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Everything was going great, each week we’d go to the library and pick out new books for him. He loved the Llama Llama series and many others, remember? I figured that by reading a different set of books to him over the course of a week would allow me to decide which books he LOVED so that I could eventually buy them for him for our own at home collection.


{He’s always been a reader 🙂 I can’t believe he was ever this little!<3}

Again, things were going great until we came across one book in particular:


He LOVED IT. He LOVED it so much that, he didn’t want to read anything else. Anytime I’d try to read a different book , he’d push it away or simply turn away from it and grab the Olivia book instead. We kept trying new books but would always end up reading his favorite. We know it word for word now, and even A knows its by heart and repeats specific words to us. I think it is so cute that he actually laughs at the funny parts of the text and sometimes even says the word BEFORE we read it. He’s also learned the word “three” because that’s how many books Olivia gets to read before bed. We also tell him “are you ready for your ‘you know what’?” at nap time { “you know what= a nap”} and he immediately shakes his head NO, every single time because of course Olivia “is not at all sleepy!” 😉

So just when I thought his obsession with Olivia would never end he found new favorite book. 😀

He is now currently loving…*drum roll please*


 The Pigeon Loves Things that Go! by Mo Willems.

Of course stemming from my educational background,  when I read I’m trying to make it as animated and enjoyable as possible and guess what…it WORKED! After the first read, as I animated “Choo-Choo, Pigeon Express coming through!” he laughed and immediately began copying me. I then had to read it 20 more times and he did the “choo-choo” part himself.  Now every night we read 1 different/new book, the Mo Willems book and end with Olivia.



We’re still trying to read a variety of books but he doesn’t take as much interest in  them or sometimes will only listen to portions of them, so we’re sticking to what he loves and just hoping he’ll continue to pick new favorites here and there.

What are YOUR favorite children’s books?

What are your children’s favorite books?

❤ Alicia



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What We’re Reading {#3}

Even though A wanted to continue to read Olivia all week (clearly it has become his favorite!), we had to convince him to try something new and this sweet little book fit the bill perfectly!

little blue truck

“Neigh!” said a horse.
“Quack!” said a duck.
“Beep!” said the friendly
Little Blue Truck.

This story about the Little Blue Truck  is so sweet and sincere. It provides the perfect example of how much a little act of help can go a long way, as well the importance of friendships.

The literary elements of onomatopoeia, rhyming and personification are spot on and make the text completely engaging and enjoyable.

LBT truck

Of course the illustrations are wonderfully detailed and help complete this adorable story.

toad LBT

{Isn’t he just the cutest little flexing frog!?}


{Isn’t this little guy just the cutest, most adorable little book worm you’ve ever seen?!!!}

A Books

So tell us, what are YOU reading!?!?


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What we’re Reading {#2}

This past week A has been loving this one particular book and each time we give him an option between 3-4 books he ALWAYS chooses this one. Needless to say, this is indeed his favorite book right now and I can’t lie, I love it too! 😉


(Falconer, Ian. Olivia. New York: Atheneum for Young Readers, 2000. Print.)

Olivia is cute, bold and fiesty little lady who loves the beach, the museum and reading books but not napping!  Check out her website: Olivia the Piglet

What I LOVE about the book: The drawings and of course the witty text.  Both elements are adorable as well as hilarious…


“ Olivia has to be firm.” 😛

I love it! & So does little Mr.

There are particular words and phrases that he really likes, maybe its the way his daddy and I emphasize these words or something, but he seriously laughs and smiles as if he *knows* what we are reading. It’s the cutest thing EVER!



olivia3Like Mother like son! 😉


What book(s) have you been reading lately?!!

Anyone else ever read from the Olivia series? 

I also want to get Olivia Counts, Olivia Opposites and many others.

Check out what we READ last week!

❤ Alicia


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What we’re READING {#1}…


(the current view of our nightstand)

Sooo remember how I said one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more, well I also wanted to make myself accountable for reading a variety of books to my little  Cutie Pa-tootie too!  My goal is to read 1-2 new books to A every single week, which would then give him exposure to 52+ NEW works of literature a year! 😀

This week we’ve been reading…

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (a total classic in my opinion!)

I chose this book initally because we were reading If You Take a Mouse to the Movies all of December and A loved it, so I figured I’d give the original a whirl too. A also LOVES it; he laughs when I say the words “mouse” and “cookie,” {probably because I exaggerate the word cookie into “coooookie” lol but hey, whatever it takes!}

I love it because the illustrations are simply adorable and the format of the text is easy to read and which is especially great for beginning readers. (I certainly know my 10 month old is not a beginning reader, however, I do feel it’s great to read ALL sorts of books to him regardless of his age and age level of the text. So don’t be too hesitant to chose a book just because you feel it might be too complicated for your little one, remember continous exposure to good, qualitative literature teaches children vocabulary, social and linguist skills that are so beneficial for them! So READ READ READ!

more books

The second book we’ve been reading is Llama Llama Misses Mama, which comes from the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney.

Again, I must backtrack with this text, I first heard of this series when I stumbled across the book Llama Llama Red Pajama, and I instantly fell in love with it. In fact, I  was observing a group of preschoolers for a class and saw how much joy and attentiveness they had when read this text that I HAD to find it and read it to my little munchkin. (GET it, READ it and you’ll seriously LOVE it too! 😉

I have to say both A and I LOVE when Daddy reads this book, the characterization in his voice is so realistic and makes the book ever more engaging and enjoyable. I also love the message it teaches little ones about loving mama & school too.

This is what We’ve been reading…can’t wait to hear what YOU ALL have been reading!!

❤ Alicia

P.s. If you want some good reviews on books you could always check out Amazon, but I also recommend, it’s a social networking site about books where there are always TONS of great, helpful (sometimes VERY opinionated) reviews on all ALL works of literature.

Remember reading to your bump/baby/toddler/child/teen is SO SO SO beneficial for a variety of reasons and is seriously one the BEST things you can do for them!! So….KEEP CALM & READ ON!!

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Awesome articles on reading:

Scholastic: Why Babies Need Books

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids


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