Simon and I have Sophia’s bedtime routine down like clockwork, and a big part of her bedtime routine is for me to read to her. I have read to Sophia every night since she was 8 weeks old; once she moved out of the bassinet and into her own bedroom. The bedtime routine for Sophia starts with Simon giving her a bath – she is such a water baby and absolutely loves splashing around and soaking anyone that is in the bathroom. Then I take over and it’s time for milk and a story before bed at 7pm. I absolutely love this time to snuggle with Sophia and read her a story.
My little munchkin absolutely loves books though, and story time alone is not enough book time for her. Sophia has a basket full of books in her teepee that she plays with during the day. Now that she is at daycare, she regularly pulls all of the books out of the shelf at daycare and then puts them all back…she is totally my child and tidies up after herself LOL! Anyway, as Sophia loves books so much, I thought I would share her favourite books with you.
Love You Forever
I was told that Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is a classically Canadian book to read to kids; however, as I grew up in the UK I didn’t know this. I was gifted this book at my baby shower and everyone was shocked that I had never heard of it before….scandalous! LOL! Now that I have read the story, I understand why everyone loves it so much. This is one of the first books that I ever read to Sophia and the ending honestly made me cry as I was just starting my cancer journey and the thought that I might not be around for my precious little bundle broke my heart. Sadness aside, I loved reading this book to Sophia and she loved it too. Love you Forever will always be one of my favourites.
Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
There is absolutely no contest as to which book is Sophia’s favourite……it’s definitely Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz. This book is technically a board book (so good for little bambinos), but the peekaboo flaps are not that robust so Sophia has pulled most of them off LOL! Magical tape fixes this problem in no time though! When we go on vacation, this is the one book I know I need to take for Sophia as she plays with it every day.
Big Bear Hug and Making The Moose Out of Life
Big Bear Hug and Making the Moose Out of Life are both by Nicholas Oldland and I think they are hilarious. There are a few other books in the series that I will need to get for Sophia as they have really great messages to teach kids (about making the moose out of life….ho ho ho) but do it in an adorable way.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book that even I have heard about LOL! Sophia really enjoys listening to this story and also likes looking through this book herself as it has the fun pages that are different sizes. I would recommend ready this book after lunch or dinner otherwise it might make you too hungry LOL!
I bought Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett when Sophia was still in my tummy. I thought the tickle gloves that you can buy with this book were hilarious and going to be a winner with Sophia. She really likes the tickle gloves, and as she gets older, I can tell this is going to be one of her favourite stories.
Room On The Broom
I forgot to take a bedtime book for Sophia with me when we went on a trip to Vancouver, so I picked up Room on The Broom by Julia Donaldson to read whilst we were there. This is a great book with really lovely pictures to flick through.
My Adventure In Mother Gooseland
My Adventure in Mother Gooseland by Alan Taylor is a personalized book that was made for Simon when he was little. We found this amongst Simon’s keepsakes from growing-up and I kept a hold of it in case we ever had a bambino. This is such a cute story and the little personalization’s for Simon are hilarious. Such a fun story to read to Sophia.
The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name
As Simon’s personalized book was so great, I wanted to have a story personalized for Sophia. Sophia is such a lucky girl that her auntie Emma and faux-auntie Laura beat me to the punch and had books made for Sophia with Wonderbly. That’s right, Sophia has 2 books called The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name! Some of the stories used for the letters are the same, but on the whole the story is different between both books though….phew!