At my house, we are big into reading. Before nap and bed time we read at least two books. Right now, Don is in the super fun stage of wanting to read the same books over and over- so we all have our favorites memorized. I wanted to do a round-up of our favorite books for anyone looking to create or refresh their library. These are a combination of books my son loves that we also love to read to him. Here are The Best Toddler Books:
All Aboard California is a book that takes you on a train ride through California. The art is beautiful and it is engaging and educational. We took this on our trip to California last year and loved showing Don where we were on the map.
Goodnight Moon is such a classic book. It really is the perfect wind down and go to sleep book. It’s also a little strange- a green room with a bunny and a bowl of mush. We love it though and can recite it word for word! If you ever want a break from reading, there is a really good YouTube video of Susan Sarandon narrating it.
Scruffy the Tugboat is a wonderful Golden Book. We are huge fans of Golden Books around here! I love them because they are affordable, have great stories, and you can fit a bunch of the books on one shelf. This story is about a little boat who goes on a big adventure.
Little Blue Truck is probably my favorite book to read. There is a really good message (help others) and the rhymes are super fun to read. Plus, lots of animals for any animal lovers out there.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is a must buy if you have a child who is into transportation vehicles at all. This is a really, really written book! It takes you on the job site and the jobs of the different diggers and how they turn off their engines and go to sleep for the night.
Big Red Barn is another great book by Margaret Wise Brown (who writes Goodnight Moon). This one is about the animals on a farm and how they play and then go to sleep at night. Another awesome book for calming your child down before sleep.
The Bunny Book has the cutest illustrations- got to love Richard Scarry! This is a sweet book about a little bunny and how he wants to grow up to be a daddy.
Moana. Don is finally old enough to love watching movies. After we watch one he really enjoys, we go on Amazon together and order the Golden Book and then get excited about it coming in the mail. When it arrives he loves getting the package and opening it up. I’ve realized that creating this excitement about reading has been so good for him and his love of reading!
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? This is a silly book with imaginary ways diggers might go to sleep. There are garbage trucks and monster trucks and fire trucks. Great for kids who love construction/big trucks.
Cars and Trucks– another book illustrated by Richard Scarry. This was published in 1959 so there are a lot of dated (but super charming) outdated modes of transportation- like coal chutes, diaper delivery, ect. The art is beautiful and there are a variety of fun cars and trucks.
The Fire Engine Book– if you have a child who loves fire trucks this is a really cute book about how fireman rescue a burning building. This is also an older book, but still good and well written.
The Monster at the End of this Book was one of my favorite books growing up. I just love how interactive and fun it is to read! Grover doesn’t want you to turn pages because there is a monster at the end of the book and does all types of things to stop you from getting to the end.
I recently got Don a new blanket and I wanted to share it with you too because we love it so much. It is from 10 to 12 Baby Lounge and is handmade with the finest cashmere (the hair from the belly of Asian Kashmir goats). The blanket is ridiculously soft and is embellished with unique designs that share stories inspired by different cultures spanning the globe. One thing I love about it is that it really celebrates story time (something I am obviously passionate about). Each blanket is globally inspired and comes with a story booklet like this pretzel loving goat.
The idea of the story on the blanket is that it is designed to broaden baby’s cultural experience. The hope is that the more familiar little ones are with different cultures, the more open-minded they become, allowing them to develop love and passion for humanity. I personally love traveling with Don because I want him to see that there are many ways to live and eat and its all beautiful.
Honestly, I have never had a nicer blanket! It is uber-comfortable and the perfect security blanket. Also, it would be really cute as art on a wall! This blanket is luxurious (I mean, it is cashmere!) and also machine washable. Plus, it is all-natural and dye- free and limited edition- only 1,000 are made. Wouldn’t this be the most amazing shower gift?!
Now that I have shared with you my favorite baby blanket and books, I want to hear yours! What books have you been loving? Are there any on here that sound like the perfect fit for the child in your life? I love having a good sized library to give Don a variety of adventures to experience in a book. Or as Dr. Seuss says- “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!”
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