The Snail and the Whale was a goodbye gift, two years ago, from my then-toddler daughter's dear English boyfriend who had to move back to London. We enjoyed it then; we love it now. A tiny snail dreams of exploring the world, and in doing so, befriends and helps a giant whale. What better way to teach a young child the joys of travel, unexpected friendship, and exploring beyond your own small world than a beautifully illustrated, beautifully written book?
The Kissing Hand sure has come in handy, this first month of kindergarten.
One of my very favorite books of all time, I was delighted when my daughter started including The Velveteen Rabbit in her nightly rotation. The story of how toys become real is especially poignant because of her beloved "Fuff," a well-worn lamb she has loved intensely since she was four months old. Her three-year-old voice used to quiver when she'd ask if Fuff would eventually leave her; her confident and mature five-year-old self now takes comfort in the idea that when she no longer needs Fuff, he'll be able to run and play with the other animals. Heartbreakingly sweet.
This is an annual fall favorite. This mama loves the message that you can travel anywhere through a good book, as well as all of the classic literary references. My daughter just loves that it is about a silly scarecrow who loves to read.
Thanks to some good public school indoctrination, my daughter is currently obsessed with germs. She likes this book because it reinforces her own rules. And she loves rules. However, when tidying up the house last week, I did find some irony in where she had left the book --- on the floor, next to a very germy dog bowl:
We clearly have more work to do on this topic!