Your child has a resilience when it comes to repetition. Watching the same episode of their favorite television show five times in a row has no affect on their interest and love of that episode. My child, for example, would exist one-hundred percent contently if we ate chicken nuggets each and every night. The same applies to books and most children delight in hearing the same tale every night – sometimes twice (if you’re lucky).
The same does not bode true for parents. We easily tire of our child’s obsessions and find ourselves tortuously repeating a desired activity in order to reinforce and delight our little ones. If you’re going to read the same book over and over you may want to consider some of these choices that are well-written, entertaining, fun to read and downright adorable.
Pete the Cat
Every Pete the Cat book written would be my top choice if I had to choose a series of books to read each night for the rest of my natural days. Each story is not only short and concise but also educational without being forthright and preachy about it. For example, in “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons”, Pete systematically loses buttons off his shirt. During the story he sings a catchy song, uses subtraction to determine the number of remaining buttons and assures his audience that there is no need to get upset about little things. Written by Eric Litwin.
This is another of my favorite series of children’s stories. It features a little critter named Little Critter and follows his journey through learning independence (“I Can Do It Myself”), his emotions (“I Was So Mad”) and life changes (“The New Baby”). The language is simple, the illustrations are beautiful and the stories are short. Written by Mercer Mayer.
Elephant and Piggie
Presented in a comic-book type style, you don’t read this book series – you perform it. The books are written in a conversational style and features two characters named Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie (no explanation needed) as they address the issues of friendship. It’s fun to assign different voices to each character and act out the stories…well, it’s fun for your child. Written by Mo Willems.
Here’s one for you! This book features amazing illustrations created with early 90’s technology – manipulated photo collages and acrylic paint. It retells the tale of King Kong with a tyrannical kitty in the main role as Kat Kong and tiny mice in the roles of explorers and scientists. The story is not particularly interesting for children, who may simply delight in the graphics, but the entire result is hilarious and enjoyable for those with a silly sense of humor. Written by Dav Pilkey.