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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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