Here are some of
The Minerva Louise books are pretty simplistic, but humorous. These can be read in a few short minutes, and the girls get tickled at Minerva's misunderstandings. I think it teaches them logic in a roundabout way too. For instance, in one book, Minerva turns a discarded pair of mittens into a hat for her head and tail. After the first reading, the girls understood why that was funny and will say something like "That's not a hat, silly!" (We don't own any of these, but check them out from the library regularly.)
Llama Llama books are very near the top of my own list and have endured for quite awhile as one of the girls' favorites as well. We own two of these and read them quite often. The Llama Llama books have a nice rhyming flow and they are long enough to feel like a substantial bedtime story.
Though we have read it many, many times, The Little Red Hen has become a recent favorite. It's probably mostly because I do the voices for each character and the girls like to help me toward the end. I rather like the hen's slightly smug, can-do attitude, so I enjoy reading this one.
It has fallen in popularity in recent months, but Love You Forever was one of Addison & Mackenzie's favorites for a long time. I got SO tired of reading it over and over, but it was the first book I heard Addison recite nearly word for word to her baby dolls, so it was totally worth it.
I picked up this book of fairy tales for the girls' birthday, and it is by and large the favorite right now. The collection includes several classic tales, such as Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, etc. Other fairy tale books I have picked up are much too long to hold the girls' attention, with almost no pictures and far too many words. Plus, we all know the classic fairy tales can get a little "dark" at times, and I want to avoid too many death scenes in their stories (at least while I still have some control!). This collection is exactly what I wanted. The pictures are bright and colorful. The stories are long enough, but not too long for A & M's three-year-old attention span. These tales skim right over most of the darker details and none of the stories end badly (except for the Gingerbread Man--he still gets eaten, but my girls think it's hilarious). Mackenzie and Addison love just about every story in here, and I don't mind reading them. We both win!
What are your favorite kids' books? Any recommendations for us?