Children’s books are my most favorite thing! In college, children’s literature was my most favorite class because I got credit to read all sorts of picture books and chapter books that were geared toward children and adolescents.
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Our Favorite Children’s Books
…are AMAZING! They have a wide range of age groups and types of books. Piper really likes the touch and feel books. They have an entire collection of touch and feel books that they call, “That’s Not My…” books. They’re repetitive and great for early literacy. They have predictable text, so kiddos can help “read” along. They’re excellent for babies and toddlers because of the awesome textures. Piper spends lots of time looking through those books and feeling all of the textures. We have other Usborne books that will be really fun as Piper gets older. There are a lot of lift-the-flap books and pages with parts that slide or spin and even make noise. I HIGHLY recommend investing in some of these books because they’re so great. You can find some Usborne Books on Amazon, but there are also Usborne Book consultants.
…books are hilarious! We LOVE the “Pigeon” books and the “Elephant & Piggie” books. The illustrations are simple and I really like that he uses the speech bubbles for most of the text. They’re really fun for older kiddos because they can act it out. You can have two of them read the book and be the different characters. It’s really fun to hear what voices they come up with! Amazon has a great variety of Mo Willems’ books
Bath Time Bubble Books
These are waterproof books that can go in the bathtub. Piper’s bubble books never actually made it to the bathtub, though. She loved carrying them around. We had them EVERYWHERE…in the car, in her room, in her pack and play, in her toy box. I think she loved them so much because the pages were easy for her tiny fingers to grab and turn. They hardly weighed anything and were super easy for her to hold onto. A word of warning though…she played with them so often that, eventually, one of the pages split open at the end and the foamy material that was inside became a choking hazard. She immediately put it into her mouth. I was paying close enough attention that I was able to get it all out of her mouth before she choked, but you’ll definitely want to inspect the pages every once in a while. You can find Bath Time Bubble books at Amazon.
Matthew Van Fleet…
…books might be my very favorite. We own “Alphabet” and “Dance.” There are textures, scents, pull tabs, flaps, pop-ups, sounds, etc., in these books. There are many other books my Matthew Van Fleet, so we are going to start adding more to our library. They are fun and really keep kiddos engaged. Piper really loves “Dance.” She carries it around. The book is actually a song that you can listen to if you go to the web address listed on the back cover. We’ve listened to it a few times because it’s fun to dance to! Check out Matthew Van Fleet books HERE
…books are great because they’re inexpensive ($5.00) AND you can buy a matching stuffed animal or two from the book ($5.00 each). We’ve found Dr.Seuss books, Mo Willems’ books, Madeline, Sandra Boynton’s books, and lots more. I always purchase a matching stuffed animal so in the future, Piper can snuggle it when we read the book. I just think they’re super adorable. We definitely don’t NEED more stuffed animals or books, for that matter, but I feel like you can’t ever have enough and I can’t pass up a $5.00 book. You can search for these online, but typically, going to your local Kohl’s store is your best way of getting these.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library…
…is an AMAZING non-profit organization that provides each child enrolled with FREE age-appropriate children’s books every month from birth to kindergarten. It is incredibly easy to sign-up and have the books mailed to your house. We signed up for this program when Piper was about two weeks old and our first book showed up about six weeks later, so it was super quick. We’ve gotten one every month since. If you do move, make sure you notify your local chapter so you continue to get your books. The books are not forwarded so end up just sitting at the post office. For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) and the other “If You Give a…” books
Like I said before, I LOVE children’s books so much. It’s hard for me to name favorites, but these are the ones that we reach for a lot, with a bonus program to sign young kiddos up for. Early childhood literacy experiences are so incredibly important. If you can’t do anything else with your kiddos, read to them. I hope you check some of these awesome books out! And if you don’t have a library card…get one because they are a great resource!