Reading with our son is one of our favorite activities at home. We usually set aside time to read at least a couple of books each day together, and he likes to sit and play with some of his favorites on his own throughout the day as well. One of the sweetest sounds is him babbling to himself as he “reads” in the corner of his room. And, if you’ve ever been to our house, (or if you follow me on Instagram), you’ve seen Will’s book-filled nursery.
You might say we’re a bit obsessive when it comes to books, but I like to think of it as a collection. It puts a nicer spin on it, I think. Honestly, I don’t think investing in reading time with your child is ever a waste, whether you’ve invested money in new books, or time in visiting your local library. Or both–like in my case!
One of the things I get asked a lot is for recommendations for children’s books. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but we do have a lot of experience in that area, you might say. We easily have more than 100 already and Will is only a year old!
Anyway, today I wanted to share seven of my very favorites with you—which was incredibly hard to narrow down. For the sake of making it easier, I’ve excluded “classics” like Guess How Much I Love You, because I figure you may have heard of those, and the purpose of this post is to help you discover new favorites, right? I’ve linked an affiliate link where I could for each book if you’d like to do some shopping. (Remember, affiliate links don’t cost you anything extra to purchase from, but if you make a purchase through the link, I receive a tiny portion back of that purchase—you know, to fund more book buying in the future. Thanks for supporting us in this small way!
This book makes my eyes well up every time I read it. I got it for Will’s Easter present this year, and it’s all about the way mothers pray for their babies– before they are born, as infants, toddlers, as they go off to school…such a sweet, sweet story of a mother’s love for her cubs, er..kids.
This one is a favorite of Will’s because there are things to touch and feel on each page. There’s even a honking ball and a scratch and sniff marshmallow! Plus, the story is really cute and helps teach kids that things that make us different don’t make us better or worse than others.
There are a bunch of other states in this series by Sleeping Bear Press, and it’s full of little riddles about special things about that state. From landmarks to state flowers or state animals, it’s a really fun way to learn about where you live! This makes a super, super cute baby shower gift, too! Here’s a link to the company’s website with a full list of their state options!
I love the message of this book, which teaches kids they are special because God made them perfectly unique. It’s also really sweet to read aloud. It’s sort of sing-songy, and there are little asides where you can stop and wiggle toes or say your child’s name out loud together. There’s also a board book version, here.
This wonderful story about a little baby bird who needs a mommy is a sweet book that subtly teaches kids about adoption and that not all families look the same. Whether you have adopted a little one or want to help explain adoption to your kids, or just like sweet children’s books, this is one to add to your collection.
This one was given to us by Wyatt’s brother who found it secondhand at a thrift store, but it became an instant favorite in our household because of the sweet animal comparisons and fun illustrations. It opens with a comparison between a beaver daddy who builds things and a human daddy who builds things. Since my husband is a DIYer and builder, that really made us smile. The link above is actually for a treasury of daddy-related Little Golden Book stories in which this one is included—so cute!
I adore this one from BabyLit. As an English major and children’s book lover, this one is a home run for me because it combines the classic Goodnight Moon story with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I won’t spoil all the silly sweetness for you, but there may be a father saying “hush” which makes me smile every time I read it! Also, there are two versions of this, a board book and a classic hardback. The hardback is an expanded version. I won’t lie—we have both!
As a bonus, you should also check out the entire collection of Baby Lit “primers.” If you’re a literary nerd like me, these are too cute!
They introduce kids to the concepts behind many classic novels by focusing on an understandable element from the book and removing most of the story. They have so many different ones, and I’m slowly collecting them all. It’s hard to pick favorites for myself because everything is so adorably illustrated and creatively curated, but Will likes Emma because it’s about emotions and I make all sorts of fun noises and faces when we read it. He also likes Sherlock Holmes because it is all about different, fun sounds. Here’s a link to the Alice in Wonderland one, which is also so cute!
Okay, so that list was incredibly hard to narrow down! Let me know if you’re interested in other book recommendations—and I may have to do a second installment on this topic with another round of favorites.
Leave a comment below with some of your own favorites. Happy reading!