I have been reading to H since he was in my belly. It can’t hurt right? I’ve always been a lover of books, especially children’s books. In fact, I’m working on my own series as I write this blog (more on that later).
Reading bedtime stories each night to H continues to be an important part of our lives and our bedtime routine. His attention span usually only allows for one story a night, but we have started – along with several of our friends and family members – a great collection of books for him.
When I worked as an editor at Child magazine (still one of my favorite publications to this day), we put together a great list annually of our favorite books for kids. I decided to do the same thing in this post. Some of these are my favorites from childhood (and let’s be honest, adulthood) but some of them are also H’s favorites, especially the ones by Mo Willems. Happy reading!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (or any in this series) – this is by far H’s favorite, we love Mo Willems because of his simple drawings that are easy for H to follow and his fun with words. These books even make my hubby and I laugh.
The Giving Tree - who doesn’t cherish this book? It has a great lesson and warms my heart every time we read it.
Are You My Mother? - I can’t think of a better book for a mother to read to her little one. At the end I always say “I’m your mother” and then I try to get H to say “ma ma.”
The Little Engine That Could - It’s never too early to teach the lessons in this book.
Love You Forever - I say this to H every day “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”
Press Here - H loves interacting with this book and I think it’s doing a great job teaching him colors and numbers.
Where the Wild Things Are - Let the wild rumpus begin – enough said.
We Are in a Book - Along with the Pigeon books from Mo Willems, H loves the Elephant and Piggie series and this is his favorite. BANANA!
Olivia - I Olivia’s confidence and I definitely want to instill it in H as he grows up.
The BabyLit book series (Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, etc.) – These board books featuring the classics are beautifully designed and clever as can be for little ones.
This is New York - I hope this, along with the others in the series, are only the beginning of H’s discovery of the world and its big cities.
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day - H’s aunt Katie gave this to him and I think it’s wonderful to show him that there are different feelings and that no matter how he feels, it’s okay, and we will always be here for him.
The Jolly Postman - This is a book from my childhood that I still, to this day, think is so clever. It includes real letters, postcards, and notes from your favorite fairy tale characters that you can actually take out of the book and read as if you’re receiving real mail from them.
Once Upon a Time, the End (asleep in 60 seconds) - My husband loves reading this to H. It is a shortened version of all of our favorite nursery rhymes, with clever tag lines at the end that encourage your little one to go to bed. It may take more than 60 seconds, but it works getting them to bed.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Another one from my childhood, I can remember when the school librarian read it to my class and I was hooked. Since then they’ve obviously come out with more and they’re all fun and entertaining in my opinion.