Norah doesn't always show as refined a taste in books as I do. She's four, you know, so I try not to make myself too anxious over this. She'll often ask me to read those books with buttons on the side that make noise. Somehow we have managed to collect several of these, even though I've never actually purchased one. I read them to her, but it's a form of punishment to me to pretend to be excited when the train hoots or bird chirps... Below is a list of some of my favorite books to read with her. She can be funny about this. Sometimes she will roll her eyes and say with a sigh, "Ohh... kay." when I say, "Let's read _ or _!" I guess she feels like she's doing me the same kind of favor I am doing her, sitting through a book she'd rather not.

When I Was Young In the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall

There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
This was far and away my favorite book as a kid. I still know it by heart.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish


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