We are taking trips to the library every 2 to 3 weeks these days. I have recently discovered Harriet Ziefert and her series of Buzzy books, which are tailored just for toddlers. The topics that she focuses on are very relevant--in Buzzy's Balloon, Buzzy gets a balloon from a shop & it deflates the next morning. Mommy is able to blow it up again, but when Buzzy bursts it because he plays with it too much, Mommy is unable to fix it. It's a good story to illustrate how sometimes, once something is broken, it cannot be fixed and since reading that story, I have been able to refer to it and remind Daniel effectively not to play too roughly with his toys, lest it breaks "like Buzzy's balloon", then "mommy cannot fix it for you." Good stuff.
Other topics she writes about includes Buzzy being scared of waves at the beach (quite common in young children), Buzzy getting a timeout for bad behaviour and Buzzy learning how to share. All really really relevant stuff for kids this age.
I also discovered with delight that Ms Ziefert is a prolific writer BEYOND the Buzzy series. I'm not sure about the other libraries, but the Bukit Merah Library, which we frequent, has quite a lot of her books, including the HILARIOUS "Someday, we'll have Good Manners" and other stories about Grandpa and Grandma.
And how about Benjamin? What books is he reading these days? Ah.... that is the subject of my next entry. Stay tuned!