Children’s books are amazing. Not only are they full of education and humor but they can contain real pieces of art and they are an introduction to the world…both real and imaginary. As children, both my sister and I were total bookworms (Reading Rainbow anyone?!) and I remember reading anything I could get my hands on. I actually remember asking the school librarian why the summer reading lists weren’t longer. #nerd
Like most moms, I hope that passion for the pages gets passed down. My boys rarely sit still but when they do, it’s usually for books. It looks like they are developing their own appreciation for books (even though they can’t read yet!) and I can’t wait to see this hobby grow. Plus…I dig the cuddle factor.
This chapter of my Favorites is all about the preschooler and toddler books that make their little hearts happy. We have TONS of books. I probably should mention that most of the books we own are pre-loved or gifts and we try to let the boys help pick out the books at the thrift store so that they understand that there are lots of different books out there and they do get a say.
Sooo…let’s start this thing off with the King of children’s books….Seuss. This doctor really knows how to prescribe a daily dose of whimsy. We love these imaginative and poetic books. Will’s favorite is Great Day for Up but really you can’t go wrong with any of this collection.
Eric Carle is ridiculously famous for The Very Hungry Caterpillar but that was actually the last one to join our collection. We had a variety of the others first. Weston likes The Very Busy Spider because of the texture on each page and The Very Quiet Cricket because it actually makes noise on the last page. (note to moms…noisy books are just as annoying as noisy toys….especially when it makes your house sound like it’s cricket infested)
Sandra Boynton books were some of Will’s favorites. He loves Blue Hat, Green Hat…to the point where he was cry-laughing the first time we read it. Each book has a bit of humor in it and the sing songy writing makes them very easy reads.
One of the best ways to get age appropriate books is to bookmark Dr Seuss’ Bright and Early Books. I scored a bunch of these at a yard sale for ten cents a piece and they are worth their weight in copper.
Out of those, Will’s past favorites were Bears On Wheels and Inside Outside Upside Down. He also is on a dog kick lately…and he loves the silliness of Go Dog Go and The Digging-est Dog.
Look & Find books tend to be a little more pricey than your average book but they are great at keeping the little ones occupied. We’ve averaged a new one each year and I love the fact that it’s a great alternative to tv when I want a few quiet minutes.
I’ve confessed my kid’s love of cars…but really it extends to anything with an engine or that makes a loud noise. Trucks and trains should not get jealous…they are the pick of the litter too. Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site is amazing. Buy it now 🙂
Speaking of trains…these Thomas books were part of a set Will got for Christmas last year and he is really into them this year. They are super short but each one has quick lessons (being careful, friendship, etc.) that are perfect for preschoolers. It comes with an electronic reader that can read the book to your little one but Will wore out the batteries so fast that we nixed it for good ole fashioned reading.
Weston LOVES Pooh books. I think it’s funny because Weston is like a human Pooh…he is a huge lover and his tummy generally rules his decision making. These are great board books for toddlers but have more than one word a page so practicing reading fast if your little one is impatient.
It’s important to us to teach our kids about Jesus and God and how we believe everyone is unique and special and deserve love and these books do just that. Will has just begun to really understand that God loves him and how important the Bible is. He still is learning but these are some books that we think are appropriate for his little brain.
Speaking of love…that’s what these books are all about. These four are some of my favorites when it comes to describing how much MOMMY loves her little ones. And yes…I cry whenever I read them outloud. I’m a hormonal snuggling mess that better be wearing sleeves or the kid’s jammies will take one for the team.
Now for the randoms.
Weston’s current favorite randoms are these specific books. These are on repeat every single night and I have to admit, I do get tired of them…but he loves them and is obsessed with the Bright Baby books especially.
These are Will’s randoms.
The Very Stripey Flap book should probably be on Weston’s short list too. I have no idea why but they both love that one. And Will likes the Pinocchio story in the Disney Bedtime Favorites book. He calls him “Pokey Nose” which is actually the most accurate punny description ever. And I have zero idea why the Classic Paper Planes INSTRUCTION MANUAL is a favorite but it is. We read the two sentence description of the plane and let him look at the instructions on how to fold it. Yup. The kid likes instruction manuals.
So that is currently what we are reading with our little guys….how about you? Anything that we need to check out the next time we hit up the library? Anyone else out there reading instruction manuals before bedtime? No? Because you might want to try it…they are perfect for boring the kids to sleep…just as long as you don’t fall asleep first….not that that ever happens here….nope….never 🙂