Mo Willems is a genius. My kids have been loving his Pigeon books for years, especially Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. They are hilarious and silly, outside of the normal realm of a book experience – about as interactive as a reader and a book can get.
However, my boys and I have discovered another series from Mo Willems from our local library. He has a bunch of books for first readers called the Elephant & Piggie books. Kids who are reading on their own will find them manageable to read, but they are also hilarious. My boys eat them up, and my almost two year old grabs them on her own and looks at all of the pictures.
The most creative one we have found (so far) is called We are in a Book!
Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie discover someone is staring at them. A monster? No. A reader! They discover word bubbles, and they figure out how they can “trick” the reader into reading the word “banana.” Their antics quickly dissipate when they realize the book must come to an end. What will they do before the inevitable ending arrives?
If you have a beginning reader, you really need to look into getting these. For one, they are great practice books for those first language lessons. Secondly, they are entertaining and funny, unlike other first reader books which make me want to stab out my eyes with ballpoint pens. If you have beginning readers in your family, you know the feeling. Trust me, you need these books!