It's been a while so I thought I'd post another installment of Friday Favorites: Max's Favorite Books. Now, Max is not a big book baby. Isaiah and Katie loved reading and would look at books on their own as young as 9 months, just enjoying turning the pages and looking at the pictures. Max thinks they are more fun to bend, step on, wedge into or under things, or, his personal favorite, hit people or things with. So his favorites (to actually read) are very engaging in one way or another. (The pictures are linked to Amazon, if you want to see more of the books.)
I read this to Max only because he kept bringing it to me, and Katie insisted he wanted to read it. I thought, he's never going to sit still for this--he only reads with me with touch and feel books, because they're tactile. But I'm so glad I did! It is hands down his favorite book. He loves music and a good beat, so I'm assuming it's because of the catchy cadence of the words. It makes him smiley and happy every time! The bright colors and geometric illustrations are great for his age and development, as well.
I mentioned Max's love for touch-and-feel, and this one is especially fun because it's also lift-the-flap. Max loves turning pages, so lift-the-flap is so fun to him. His favorite game is peekaboo, so he gets a thrill every time he lifts the flap and I exclaim, "Peekaboo!" And there is nothing quite like baby faces for babies; they're just so engaging. Max has recently started trying to skip pages to get to the mirror at the end--so cute!
This little book is so simple and short, I wouldn't have thought it would be such a hit. My sister, Anne, gave it to Isaiah when he was a baby, and he loved it then. It has miraculously lasted through all three kids (so far, anyway), and it is one of Max's favorites. Something about that fuzz to touch, even though it's the same all the way through, he just loves it. (To be honest, I love it, too. It's just one of those special books that I've read to all the kids, and have memorized now. And I love the excuse to give them a kiss at the end!)