One of Harper's favorite books right now is Go, Dog. Go! It is not, from an adult perspective, especially moving reading material. It has simple text and cartoon dogs and is a crowd pleaser for the toddler crowd in this house. Harper is going through a stage where she wants to hear the same books over and over again. I am usually happy to go along with this request, as there was a time when I couldn't get her to sit in my lap long enough to finish a book.
Once she decides she really loves a book, she enjoys "reading" it herself. Go, Dog. Go! is a great book for this because the text is tied directly to the pictures. Harper becomes very animated when she reads it out loud. Her favorite parts involve two dogs that come together throughout the book. They say hello to one another, then the girl dog asks the boy dog if he likes her hat, he says he does not, then they say goodbye. These repeated exchanges totally crack Harper up. She even covers her mouth and laughs when she reads them, or when we read them to her. Spoiler alert: at the end of the book the boy dog does like the girl dog's hat and they drive off into the sunset together.
Here is Harper reading the part where two dogs are playing on top of a blimp and a third dog is yelling at them to get down. When Harper says, "Get down!" she really, really means it.
Of course the best part of finishing a good book is feeling ready to drift of to dreamland. Harper still needs to work on her pretend sleeping. The open eyes and goofy grin are just not convincing.
P.S. While the fountain of snot is still flowing, it has slowed down a bit. After a very long night, during which no one slept very much, I am highly encouraged by the long nap and happy disposition that returned today.