Not too long ago I made a list of My 10 Favorite Books For Babies & Toddlers, which you can see by following the attached link. Since that list was posted I’ve realized how many other children’s books I absolutely love. Maybe it’s because we read every night, maybe it’s because I am a kid at heart but I’ve managed to find another stack of books worthy of being on a “favorites” list.
1. A Fly Went By
This is one of my go to books when my son tells me that it’s my turn to pick out the bedtime story. It starts off with a boy just relaxing by the lake and soon enough he gets himself tangled into this chase through town. Throughout the book the boy is trying to teach the animals not to be mean to each other and the whole story boils down to one big misunderstanding. I think that this story has a good moral to it and it’s also a lot of fun.
This book is an absolute classic and by that I mean it was published originally in 1960 and if you’ve never read it then I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. I love this story because it’s fun, it rhymes and it bounces around from fish to a guy doing handstands to all kinds of crazy characters. I’m a softy for Dr. Seuss.
3. Guess How Much I Love You
This story is about Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, and as the little is getting ready for bed he’s trying to express how much he loves his dad. I never read this book as a child but I fell in love with it because it reminds me of my boyfriend and our boys so it warms my heart a lot. “I love you right up to the moon — and back.”
4. Green Eggs and Ham
How on Earth did this book ever miss making it onto my original list?! This particular Dr. Seuss book belongs in everyone’s home and that includes people who don’t even have children. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! Probably one of the most important and most difficult life lessons to teach anybody.
I love, love, love this book. Especially in the Summer time when there’s a lot of things you can relate to. This book follows two kids (and their dog) through all of the things that they love to do in the Summer. They visit the beach, take a hay ride, catch some fireflies … It’s all stuff that I can relate to doing when I was a little girl and stuff that I imagine my kids will have fun doing in the future.
6. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Pretty sure I love this book mostly due to the fact that the whole thing reads like musical instruments and it’s full of monkeys. It’s funny, it rhymes, (again) there’s monkeys who play drums and fiddles. Total win.
7. Better Move On, Frog!
This book really only has writing on about every other page and is quite short. It follows the story of a frog who is just looking for his home and every hole he tries to live in is full of different animals that shoo him away. I think that this book is an easy way to help teach children where certain animals live.
8. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
We just got this book! My boyfriend’s Aunt and cousin came into town to visit and his Aunt brought this book for the boys. It is so cute and so clever that I fell in love with it right away. This little boy allows this mouse a cookie, who then needs milk, then must check for a milk mustache … It goes on and on until it finally goes in a full circle and the mouse asks for another cookie.
9. Goodnight Little One
To be honest, this book and I have had our differences. At first
I really liked it a lot, then my son liked it so much that we read it EVERY single night for months. After that I didn’t really like it anymore and I told him it was lost. When I brought the book back we read it a bit here and there and now I like it again. It’s so adorable and really is a wonderful bedtime story (as long as you don’t have to read it every night). We read it so often that my toddler knows what each page says even though he can’t read.
10. Ten In The Bed
“There were ten in the bed and the little one said…” I feel like every child can probably relate to this story. When I was little my bed was always littered with stuffed animals and now my toddler’s is always full of them too. In fact, the other night we read this story and afterwards counted up everyone in the bed. Including my son there were actually twelve in the bed.
Today I decided to do a little something different with my booklist and I asked my son to bring me his favorite book. He excitedly ran into his room, grabbed a book and brought it out to me. It’s what we call a “game book.” We have a few of these where you find the objects in the side bar and he thinks they’re a lot of fun. His favorite at the moment is Let’s Look from Baby Einstein.
Of course, he couldn’t stop with just one book and delivered me a stack of some of his very own favorites. Which include the following:
“Why are these some of your favorite books?”
“‘Cause these are my favorites sometimes.”
Leave it to a toddler to provide no explanation.
I hope you enjoy our lists. Again, a lot of the book featured here were from the Disney Book Club and the Dr. Seuss and Friends Book Club! Totally worth the money to invest in these clubs, you pay about $5.00 per book and they’re mailed directly to you. It’s a really neat way to grow a book collection.