Nellie didn’t really enjoy reading until she could walk and she’d walk over to us, turn, sit in our lap and ask us to read for her. Even then she’d only really let us read one or two pages before she’d slam the book shut and say, “All done!” Over time though she’s gotten more and more into her books, and now she’ll actually sit in our laps and let us read an entire book (shocking!), will sit and flip through a board book on her own (so cute), and will actually let us read her longer picture books before bedtime (finally!).
That being said, as far as we’ve come in our book journey there are definitely winners and losers in the world of children’s books. Here are some of the ones I’m currently enjoying. If there are ones you really love reading your littles, please leave a note in the comments! I’m getting a little over our current selection and would love some new options.
Octopus Opposites has been one of the earliest great loves for Nellie. The colors are bright and bold, the book is catchy, and the board book is super sturdy and has held up to Nellie’s nonsense.
Tons of Trucks is a total winner! Adam picked this one up at a garage sale and Nellie is currently hooked right now. Each page has something to twist, twirl or pull and Nellie finds it super engaging. We brought it with us to a restaurant the other night and it actually entertained her! Clearly it’s magic.
Alphaprints: ABC is one of my favorite alphabet board books. I love the way that alphaprints books create each animal by using a textured fingerprint. The way author Roger Priddy uses fingerprints and unusual objects (carrots for horse hair, flowers for penguin eyes) is super fun. Nellie likes the textured design of the books, and I love the creativity that went into creating the characters and animals.
Girlfriend loves Cleo’s Color Book. Bright engaging imagery that helps little ones learn colors and shapes. It’s definitely not a very complex children’s book, but the simplicity and the great colors make it a favorite of Nellie’s.
That’s Not My Puppy is only about 5 total pages, but from the earliest days Nellie has loved this book. She also has That’s Not My Dragon and there are tons more. Bright colors and fun textures make these books early crowd pleasers.
This is the sweetest little bedtime children’s book. I‘ll See You In The Morning is the absolute perfect book to read before bed. No matter what book we read first I like to finish with this sweet story. I hope the older Nellie gets it will continue to be one of her favorites.
It’s Time To Sleep My Love is both a visually and lyrically beautiful book. I love reading this book to Nellie before bed. The images are absolutely stunning, and the story is one that calms and soothes Nellie. I absolutely love this book and it will be my go-to baby shower book gift from here out.
Z is for Moose is HILARIOUS. I love moose and so quite a few of my friends gifted me books featuring moose at my baby shower and this one makes me laugh every single time I read it to Nellie. All the moose wants is to be featured in the darn book, and that damn Zebra is trying to hold him back! I actually really love doing the voices for this book and I can’t wait till Nellie actually gets the joke!
Another moose book I am obsessed with. The Moose Belongs to Me is a funny tale of a little boy who thinks he owns a moose, but quickly realizes his moose friend is not ready to be owned by anyone! The artwork is beautiful and the story is really playful and fun.
And last but not least, S is For Seattle! We owned C is For Chicago while we lived in Chicagoland, and good friends gifted Nellie S is For Seattle when we moved to Seattle this spring. The pictures are so bright and engaging and it is so fun to walk through the alphabet seeing our favorite parts of Seattle come to life! Quite a few major cities are represented in this series so get yourself one!
Hope there are some gems in there for you, but more importantly please tell me what are your favorites so we can add to our collection!