"Ok buddy what would you like for your three books this evening?" I asked, tossing away his towel to reveal a set of warm, fresh jammies.
For the three-year old, it's always the same:
Spiderman vs. Doc Oc: packed full of adventure, borderline too-old concepts so he can be like his brother, and superheroes. Perfection.
Llama Llama Time to Share: the scene where two toddlers get into it over a lovey and the arm comes off?! The ideal amount of drama to make bedtime interesting.
Mickey's Halloween: a lift-the-flap book full of fun that keeps his favorite holiday alive all year long.
The older one likes to mix it up, choosing only chapter books these days, reaching a page goal, then diving into a new one. On his nightstand:
- Big Nate box set: a fun mix of conversation bubbles and boy talk, he shares little excerpts as he silently reads.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: enjoying them because the older kids do, we take turns reading the pages and pairing the movies on the weekends.
- The Thirteen-Story Treehouse: is goofy and fun, filled with boy humor and things you'd never really get away with at home or school. It reminds me of how much he loved several of his imaginative books when he was younger, all telling the story of building and living in elaborate structures.
- Carry On, Warrior: a series of the famous Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery.com, filled with stories that encourage you to be brave, kind and imperfect. Most leave me with smiles, some with tears and almost all of them include something I can identify with on a daily basis.
- A Dog's Purpose: the cover of this one caught my eye in a bookstore jaunt recently after almost losing our girl. Couple that with the movie coming out and you have an emotional, heart-warming read that reminds you to cherish your pup and the day's memories.
- Radical Acceptance: with 2016 being a year full of surprises, this book calms my spirit and quiets the questions that sometimes resonate in my heart at the end of each day. It's not as light hearted, but just as moving and a strong reminder to be grateful.
- Outliers: a book on what makes high achievers tick.
- Raising Men: because he's always striving to be the best father.
- Basic Economics: since his next financial exam is always right around the corner.