My favorite part of the day, hands down, is when my freshly bathed son is all snuggly in his PJs and he's about to sit down in my lap to tuck into a good book before bed. My least favorite part, though, is when he goes to his bookcase and grabs the same book we read earlier that day and the night before (and the night before that). I almost always say, "That one? But do you want to try something new?" (Spoiler: He doesn't.)
So I take a deep breath and remind myself about the research that says reading the same book to your kids over and over helps their brain development. And I dive into the world of Pete the Cat or Piggy and Gerald, and before we know it I'm wrapped up in the magic of that world, too.
We recently asked #TeamMotherly to share the books their kids want to read over and over (and over) and you didn't disappoint. Here's what you're reading (or, more likely, have already memorized):
Danielle says: "These are at least twice daily for weeks. More if they're kept downstairs!"
Hope shares: "After two years of constant reading pages are missing and/or torn but he still keeps going to them."
Nelly shares: "When I went to the hospital to have my daughter, my sister and brother-in-law watched my two boys. She FaceTimed me because they were crying and upset. They wanted mommy to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because Auntie Cj wasn't doing it right.
"I cried as I recited Chicka Chicka boom boom from my hospital bed. I wanted so badly to be there to hug them and read it in person. They were really missing their mommy and were worried about the doctor cutting open my belly to get the baby out. I recited it all from memory of course. I cried. My sister cried. And my boys finally stopped crying. ?
"I went home two nights later and read it to them, never more happy to read the same book for the 315th time. ❤️"
Michelle says: "We have them all and I swear he knows them word for word."
Tara says: "Anything Pete the Cat and especially 'I Love My White Shoes'!"
Nanako says: "Read it so many times I can recite the whole book!"
Samantha says: "I have read this book to my son at bedtime since I was pregnant and he's 7.5 months. His eyes light up and he gets the biggest grin and laughs now when I show it to him. ❤️ It's one of my favorite special times with him."
Stefania shares: "My 3yo loves the book, the song, the movie and even the Bear Hunt yoga for a year. Needless to say, her 3rd birthday will be themed ...you guessed it ??"
Rainy says: "Just had to hide [this book] bc we've been reading it on repeat (sometimes 4-5x in a row) lately."
Pegah shares: "I can read it page by page without even looking at it. Pointless to read bc my impatient LO just goes to the flap lifting before I can finish a sentence ???"
Lindsay says: "He doesn't like to sit long enough to read unless there's hands-on stuff involved ?"
Rebecca says: "It's so much fun to read as a parent too."
Kate says: "I have the Halloween one memorized haha."
Kristina says, "My 2-year-old can recite it from memory because we read it so much! It's a game now when we aren't even reading it. 'What did the teacher see?' ?"
Beejal says: "My 18-month-old daughter especially likes the page with all the food. It's so cute to hear her trying to say what each item is."
Leann says: "My little one is just altogether a fan of reading already..." (And check out this hilarious viral video of a grandma reading it to her grandchild.)
Shawn says: "It's so sweet to count your LO's fingers and toes and give three kisses at the end ?"
Rosemary shares: " She loves all of [Julia Donaldson's] books. We have most of them!"
Thais says: "It has been almost six months of big red dog every single night. Thankfully, there's more than one book about Clifford."
Janet says: "I guess it was so easy to relate to!!!" ?
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