Yes, again!

Cover of the book Baby Beebee Bird

Why does your toddler or preschooler ask for you to read the same book over and over?  Children learn through repetition, and they need to experience a story many times to fully understand it.  They also love to hear funny or rhyming words, and active or soothing rhythms, over and over and over--it's how they learn to talk, build their vocabulary, and learn to be creative with language! Every time you read that story again, they are growing their brains, and--most importantly--you are bringing them joy.

Of course, it's hard to bring joy if you've just had enough of The Baby Beebee Bird for the night.  Stop in to see us: we are always happy to help you choose library books suited especially to your taste and your child's, so that you can have a changing stockpile to tempt your child to try something new.  And don't forget our storytimes ...we'll read The Baby Beebee Bird for you. Though even we need a break from it too, from time to time.

What book does your child make you read over and over? 


My 2-yr old daughter loves

My 2-yr old daughter loves the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, especially "Happy Pig Day!" and "Should I Share My Ice Cream?"

My 2-year-old is on an

My 2-year-old is on an endless loop of The Very Hungry Caterpillar ("Owie 'tomachache") and Mem Fox's Time for Bed, which he calls "Moon Book", because he finds the moon on every page, and is especially captivated by the mother and baby birds in the nest. We stay on that page and talk about it for 10 minutes at a time. "Nest" and "Tail Feathers" and "Leaves" and "Moon is hiding".

My 18 month old son loves the

My 18 month old son loves the Bear books by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. They all have a great rhythm to them. He also loves "Scapegoat: The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed Up Coat" by Dean Hale and Michael Slack. It is very silly and has lots of great rhyming words. Some of the clasics that he will listen to over and over are "Are You My Mother" by P.D. Eastman, A "Wocket in My Pocket" by Dr. Seuss "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown, and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.

Our almost 3 year old

Our almost 3 year old obsesses over any book with trains or the moon.

Green Eggs and Ham is a classic book WITH a train. So we all love reading that. Our favorite moon book for ages has bern the beautiful "I Took the Moon for a Walk". We've also recently discovered "The Moon Jumpers" and love it!

Jamberry, by Bruce Degan is

Jamberry, by Bruce Degan is one of our favs because our 3 year old loves the rhyming and beautiful pictures. And as adults, my husband and I never tire of the clever story and beautiful pictures!

The Color Kittens, by Margaret Wise Brown is just the right length to put a toddler to sleep and dream of how cute kittie cats invented all the colors of the rainbow. We all love this poetic book so much. It's pretty and cute and teaches about color mixing.

To the last comment -

To the last comment - Jamberry and Color Kittens have been near the top of our list as well.

In addition to Jamberry and

In addition to Jamberry and Color Kittens, here's my list of the most repeatedly requested from ages 2-4.

Nutshell library by Maurice Sendak
In the Night Kitchen
Anything Disney princess (sigh)
Brown Bear Brown Bear
Dear Zoo
Millions of Cats
Guess How Much I Love You
And Tango Makes 3
Ladybug Girl
Fancy Nancy

My 3-year-old will go on a

My 3-year-old will go on a bender with one book over and over for one day, then on to the next thing. A few days ago it was "Sam, Bangs and Moonshine." Today it's a Thomas the Tank Engine book. I was really happy for the three days of "Where the Wild Things Are" - -that one never gets old. We went through a Color Kittens phase too!

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