10 Current Favorite Books for Babies & Toddlers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


1. Peter Rabbit Set: This set is precious and was a gift for John Shea before he was born. Thank you, Sadie!! His favorite book of all time up until recently was Tom Kitten. Gracie loves them all - they're little enough for her to hold and carry and look through, and some of my favorite to read aloud.

2. Bedtime Prayers: Sweetest illustrations with a verse and prayer. We love this one.

3. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: This is a very short version with beautiful illustrations.

4. Cappy Tails: This along with The White House Mouse and Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse were gifts from our friend Peter Barnes who authored these with his wife. These are really cute books that are a fun way to teach about the US Government.

5. The Beginner's Bible. We have a few children's bibles but this one is our favorite. It was a gift for Gracie on her baptism from our Pastor in Monterey. I try to read one little chapter in the morning with the kids for their devotional time. Psalm 23 (the Lord is my Shepherd) has especially precious illustrations.

6, 7. Baby Touch & Feel Animals and Baby Faces. These were gifts from Nana Beth and are Gracie's absolute favorites!! They are the only books she will sit still for the entirety, over and over again. She laughs so hard at each baby face and loves to feel the textures on the animals. John Shea usually steals these and "reads" them himself.

8. Playtown: Grandma Emina sent this one and both of my kids love to flip through it and open all of the little windows and doors in each part of the town, though John Shea especially likes to hear about the trucks page.

9. The Dangerous Book for Boys. This is going to be perfect for John Shea when he's a little older and in the meantime, it reminds me to let go a bit as his Mom. This description sums the book up perfectly: In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun—building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world's best paper airplanes.

10. The Value of Courage: The Story of Jackie Robinson. Cam grew up reading all of the books in The Value of Series but this one was his favorite and it's fun now for him to read it to John Shea.

We have about 100 other books we all enjoy, but these are a few of the most read at the moment. I'd love to hear your favorite children's books!

16 comments:

  1. Thanks.
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  2. My son's favorite is the Little Blue Truck series and he has the Grimm's Blue Truck which he absolutely love to hold on to while we read the books to him. He also LOVES 100 words, ABC, Numbers (DK series) because we would talk about each image, find items with similar colors, make up stories, if my son has his way, he would read ALL DAY LONG. Definitely my little bookworm! I love these two books: Home and One Thousand Things.

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    1. We still have yet to own 100 Words -thank you for mentioning it! That's so great he loves to read - I have a hard time getting my kids to sit still long enough for it! I will look up your two recommendations, thank you so much!

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  3. We have a few of those books you mentioned! My son LOVES the Little Blue Truck series as well! I also LOVE LOVE Let me hold you longer by Karen Kingsbury I cried the first time I read it to my little one! It reminded me to slow down and enjoy the little things, I highly recommend it!

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    1. Ooh thank you! I will look that one up right now!

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  4. The Peter Rabbit books are my favorite!

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  5. We love Peter Rabbit and my big girls love the Narnia series (we're reading Silver Chair right now). My younger boys love the Seven Silly Eaters and Going West from the Little House picture books.

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    1. Ah thank you for those! I'd never heard of the last two before. We love the Narnia series too -- I'm so excited to read those to them when they're older.

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  6. Curious George and cordorouy are always s favorites here. We're enjoying a great devotional book that goes through the ABC's and has verse to go with each letter

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    1. Ooh, thank you! May I ask what the devotional is??

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  7. Trey hasn't quite come to appreciate Peter Barnes' books he gifted us as well ;) We love the Sandra Boynton books (Night Night Little Pookie, Pajama Time etc) and any Noah's Ark themed books are winners with Trey. When he gets a little older I can't wait to read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! -- that always made me laugh when reading to my nephews! When I finally get a package off to you, I've got a special book in there for you and Gracie :)
    love! lanneybear

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    1. Hahaha I'm sure he will one day when he's older and political, ha!
      You're so sweet. Have missed your comments. You always make me laugh outloud.
      Miss you!

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