My Favorite Children's Books
I am always on the lookout for great children’s books for my 14 month old. We love to read, especially now that we created a little “cozy corner” in her room. I’m hoping it will grow with her, and soon transform into her reading nook.
I am drawn to books with beautiful illustrations, catchy rhymes, whimsical stories and most importantly, not terribly lengthy. Penny loves books, but she’s still a toddler with a very short attention span.
An author I have found that encompasses all of these traits is Emily Winfield Martin. We have a handful of her books, and I am in awe of her soft, dreamy illustrations with words that pull you right into the story. Exactly what a book should do in my opinion. Ugh, I just love her.
We read “Dream Animals” every night before bed, and I swear Penny (and myself) always look forward to it. Read it. Trust me, you’ll love it. Try the sister book, Day Dreamers. It’s. so. good.
Another group of books that I love are the “Little People, Big Dreams’ series. These are just so charming. They currently grace the floating shelves in Penny’s room and we pull them down to read, then put them back. Since they are not board books, I don’t want them getting damaged, so up they go. They are beautiful little books, so they serve as great decor as well. Each one highlights powerful women in history, with short stories describing their life and role they played as pillars of their time. We currently have Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo. But there are more, and I need them all. They also have Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Anne Frank, Mother Teresa and Ella Fitzgerald-to name a few.
Some sweet little favorites that Penny loves to grab and hand me include Llama Llama Red Pajama (they also have many more stemmed from this original to check out), Giraffes Can’t Dance and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
We recently got into her Big Book of Fairy Tales and love to pick a different one each night.
I was honestly really bad about reading to her when she was a tiny baby. I have heard that you should read to them from the wound, but I didn’t keep up with it like I wish I would have. Maybe it was from exhaustion and not thinking she was interested. Baby Eleanor is sure getting an earful, though!
If you want to check out the books I mentioned, I have linked them all below.
*I have found Amazon has the best prices for buying these classics new or used.
Plus, hello convenience! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy some good reads, soon. <3