It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was wondering about my twins disinterest in books. Well, a few weeks is a long time in toddler-world. Now they can't get enough of their books. They love those little mini board books with different themes like shapes, colors, costumes, numbers and alphabets. I keep those in their room for distraction.
Their favorite book? Overwhelming majority vote goes to Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. I can see why they love this book because the illustrations are simple but beautiful. The girls love this book so much they fight over it. I've seen one baby go up to the other with a "here sister, you read the hungry caterpillar and let me have the brown bear book". "No?" "I'm taking it anyway!" Followed by hair pulling, shoving and crying. I was tempted to buy another copy but I thought that would be setting a bad precedence. Instead, I got the other books in the series:
Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear and Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See It wasn't the same. They are like poor consolation prices for the girls and I don't blame them. Even I don't find them as interesting to read as the original Brown Bear book. We're stuck! I may have to buy a new one eventually when our current copy falls apart from all the pulling and tugging.
As an aside, I just realized while writing this post that if the girls are still crazy over the book in a few months time, they can have a birthday party built around that theme. There's a lot of ideas on Pinterest and there's even a Carle Museum with an online store as well as the Eric Carle website.