Baby Bookworm (at nearly 2 1/2) has four categories of books:
- Books she is not interested in at all (refuses them completely when offered);
- Books we have read once that she didn't like. When offered them again, even weeks or months later, she'll say "Already read that one";
- Books she says yes to pretty much every time they are offered (subject to the occasional mood for something else); and
- Books that she actually requests.
The fourth is the smallest category (see some examples on my Pinterest board "Baby Bookworm's Favorites"), and tends to be temporary (she'll have a passion for a particular book for a week or a month, and then it will fade).
Two books that have remainded in category 4 for probably a year now are Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, by Mo Willems. These books were a baby gift from my friend MotherReader (who is quite possibly Mo's #1 fan), and remain a huge hit with all of us. (And yes, we have Knuffle Bunny Free, but Baby Bookworm doesn't totally understand that one yet, and so doesn't tend to request it).
So now, after a long-winded introduction, I come to today's story. Knuffle Bunny (referred to as "Launrdymat book" in Baby Bookworm speak) was lost for several weeks. Until this morning, we were always too busy when the request came in to do a thorough search. But today, being a long weekend, after yet another request for "Trixie Laundrymat book", we did some exhaustive searching.
And oh, I wish you all could have seen Baby Bookworm jump for joy when Knuffle Bunny was discovered (unharmed) underneath the couch. Her joy was akin to Trixie's joy in the book when the lost Knuffle Bunny is discovered at the laundromat. We immediately sat down to read Knuffle Bunny, and then Knuffle Bunny Too. And life was good again.
Pretty neat, I thought, life imitating art like that. I also love that Baby Bookworm already has particular books that she loves, and seeks out, and misses when they aren't there.
Parents, if you do not have the Knuffle Bunny books in your home, well, this is the highest endorsement that I can think of. They are kid- and parent-friendly, funny yet touching, and don't lose their charm even after hundreds of reads. Trixie ages throughout the series, so if you have kids anywhere from 1 to 8, at least one of the books will probably be a hit.
I suspect we'll be reading Knuffle Bunny quite a lot over the next few days. I couldn't be happier.
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