Being a bookworm, I've always hoped that Bubs would have a love for reading and apart from buying books for myself, I can't stop wandering into the children's section at bookstores just to see what's available.
I've been reading to him nearly every day, sometimes during meal times, sometimes before bed. He doesn't have the patience for me to read it out word for word or longer stories like The Gruffalo so we mainly talk about the pictures, I ask him questions and sometimes we act out the stories together.
These are a few of his favourite books:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This copy is super special because it was mine as a kid :) It's all worn and tatty, some of the pages have been ripped but lovingly Scotch-taped back. The fun bits are of course the days of the week with the food that the caterpillar has munched holes into (I like sticking his fingers through the holes while they are still tiny) and sweet tooth Bubs loves pointing out the ice cream cone and cake.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The simple; slightly repetitive text and beautiful drawings makes this book a huge hit with Bubs. He enjoys spotting objects in the drawing (where's the comb? where's the fire?") and makes us re-read it over and over again.
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds. The story and illustrations are both charming. I initially thought the book would be a bit too long for him but was surprised that it struck a chord with him. Endosaurus ;)
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton. Bubs giggles whenever we make the animal sounds together and I think his favourite line in the book is No No.
Lift the Flaps: Any children's collections wouldn't be complete with a couple of this gems. Bubs gets all excited whenever he lifts the flaps and spots things under it. He can be rough at times and ends up ripping off the entire flap but it's nothing a bit of double sided tape can't fix.
Where is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz. Super useful to teach toddlers about parts of your body and the drawings are so colourful and bright.
Where's Spot by Eric Hill. This is such a classic, I remember reading them in kindergarten and Bubs always gets a big cuddle and kiss at the end of the book when he finally finds Spot.