We have always been keen to nurture a love of books and so bedtime stories started before birth with both babies having a Squash and a Squeeze (how apt) read to them in the womb.
Once we attempted some sort of bedtime routine we read stories - always 3 (not sure why) before bed! My first delighted in the classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharatt and loved Say Goodnight to Sleepy Animals by Ian Whybrow and Ed Eaves. He would happily sit and look at the pages - that was enough to hold his interest.
Naturally, I thought my next baby would share her brother's tastes! How wrong! She snaps the book shut if I attempt We're Going on a Bear Hunt and won't entertain the other two. Instead she has found her own favourites. She adores a lift the flap book with Where is Babies Belly Button by Karen Katz being a favourite. She loves the Busy Books by Rebecca Finn with their wealth of flaps, taps and pop ups! (Busy Fire Station is her current favourite) but her ultimate favourite book (which I have on occasion taken to hide) is Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson. Again, the flaps are the thing that really capture her interest!
How funny that a brother and sister could have quite such different tastes even at such an early age when we as parents think we can steer their likes and dislikes. We wouldn't really want it any other way and love that they each have their own personalities and I guess it is nice to have a wide variety of books to share at bedtime!