New Favorite Books!

April 30, 2014

We read a ton of books – before every nap and bedtime. Our collection is a combination of gifts, hand-me-downs and books my mom knows from her writing circles and sends to us. Here are some of our very favorites!


How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Every book in this series is awesome! My mom actually knows the author! Mazen loves dinosaurs and so these are some of his favorite books. My mom just got us How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? and it’s hilarious! We also have the small board book version of Clean Their Room? and Play with Their Friends? All fabulous!



Mom also sent this one because of my dad’s name of Pea and because we didn’t have a good alphabet book. The peas inside are doing all kinds of activities and they are so cute! Mazen loves to point out the peas.

Orla Kiely Numbers

I bought this book when I was pregnant because it’s Orla and obviously beautiful. It has been great for introducing counting because the objects (elephants, pears, houses) are really clear and neatly organized on the page, so it’s obvious what I am pointing to when I count them. Mazen knows how to count by pointing to each thing on the page, but we’re not counting up to 10 yet : )


Llama Llama Hoppity Hop

We love all of the Llama Llama books, but this one is Mazen’s favorite. He likes to go through the motions we invented with us, especially the biiiiig huuuug at the end!



Mazen has started to show some signs of being ready for potty training, so I figured we should get a potty book. I bought two – the above and this one. Potty is hilarious and Mazen is fascinated with it!! As soon as I finish the last page he says “Mo! Mo!” {more} The Potty Book for Boys, however, he could care less about. Go figure!


The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Mimi and Papa got Mazen this book and he LOVES it. He loves all things Curious George in general, and this book is story after story of George’s adventures. Mazen listens right along.


Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

This book is craaaaazy fun! There are a million and one kinds of truck inside and we stare at them for hours. I don’t even have to read the words (which are small) – we just stare at the pages and point out funny things on wheels.


Goodnight Moon

And of course the classic! M loves the moon so this book is one of his favorites. He loves the details (the giraffe and elephant on the shelf) and I think he likes how soothing the words are.


My Big Dinosaur Book

More dinosaurs! This one is packed with big photos of dinos in all their glory. Maze loves to read this one.


Diary of a Wombat

My cousin Caroline lives in Tazmania and she sent us this book. It is hilarious!!!! It follows the life of a wombat as told by the wombat herself. “Morning: Slept. Afternoon: Slept. Evening: Found something to scratch again.” SO cute!


Red Truck

Man oh man have I read this book 100 times this year! PULL Red Truck with all your might, PULLLL! M points out red trucks and school busses around town now.


Little Gorilla

One of our all-time favs, Mazen still loves it. On the page where the grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles are mentioned someone (likely my mom) must have pointed out all of our family members because there are certain gorillas that Mazen knows by name –


What are your favs?


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jen_alluisi April 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

Margot is still in love with Sesame Street, which means she loves many, many Sesame Street books. She’s particularly enamored of Elmo Loves You and The Bunny Hop. There’s a Margaret Wise Brown (the author of Goodnight Moon) book called Another Important Book that she reads about a thousand times a day, and another Margaret Wise Brown book called The Big Red Barn that she loves because of all of the farm animals. She adores farm animals, and we have quite a few books with touch/feel pages that she likes. She’s also a big fan of lift-the-flap books of all varieties, and a book that is just called Animals that has pictures of LOTS of different animals that she loves – at first, she’d point to animals and we’d say their names; now we say their names and she points to the animal! She still loves Goodnight Moon, and Where’s That Monkey, and Good Night Gorilla. We’re big on animals, babies, and interactive (touch/feel/lift-the-flap) books over here.


2 Tiffany April 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

Nancy Tillman books! “On the Night You were Born” and “It’s Time to Sleep My Love” are so sweet.


3 Suzy April 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

I love when people share their fav books. I’m always on the look out for new ones.

We also love the How Do the Dinosaurs…books. We ready How Does a Dinosaur Say Good Night every.single.night. I just love the illustrations!

Baby Loves to Rock is another favorite. Cute board book with awesome illustrators.

I personally love the Awesome Book, my boy gets bored with it, but I know it’ll be a hit when he’s older.

We also have a baby signs book with photos of real kids doing the signs and he loves looking at the photos of the kids. Any book with real photos of babies and kids is a big hit. I like this one because we can lean the signs.


4 Meg April 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

Be careful with that Richard Scarry book. We started hiding it from the kids because each page took 20 minutes to read! Of course, it was the kids’ favorite book. Impatient? Yes. Bad parent? Maybe. 🙂


5 Kath April 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

: )


6 Abby April 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

My girls love finding Goldbug on every page! Our copy is very worn 🙂


7 Kath May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

That’s what I spend my time doing while Mazen looks at trucks! He’s a sneaky little bug : )


8 Laura April 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Anna is two weeks younger than Mazen, so I’m taking notes on these. She loves Barnyard Dance (I read it like a square dance caller and she kind of dances in my lap while we read it). And Goodnight Moon is still a nightly must at our house. She loves to find the mouse in every scene!


9 Emily April 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

“On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman. I know the book by heart and recite it whenever Liam is upset (like in the car when I can’t get to him). It immediately calms him down!!


10 Lucy May 1, 2014 at 6:49 am

Tasmania 🙂
What is your cousin doing there? Not many Americans live there! I went for a visit recently. Loved it but a bit isolated forme (which says a lot considering I’m from New Zealand!)


11 Kath May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

She fell in love with an Aussie! They opened a bar in Hobart!


12 Lisa May 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I’m American, met a Kiwi, fell in love, and ended up in Brisbane, Australia! We’re about to welcome our first baby… Any day now!


13 Kath May 4, 2014 at 7:03 am

Aww good luck!


14 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

I loooooove that “Potty” book! I crack up every time I read it so my son!! Another one of my faves is “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!”


15 Melanie May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

Thanks for sharing your favorites! I’m always looking for new books for my son – he’s 17 months.

We love the Little Bluck Truck Books (beep beep beep!), Giraffes Can’t Dance, Where the Wild Things Are, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. My son roars when I read about the wild things roaring their terrible roars 🙂

We just got a library card too and are going to start going together to pick out a couple new ones each week.

Happy Reading!


16 Katie May 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

My 17 month old daughter loves Todd Parr’s books.
We have several of them but her favorite is definitely The Family Book. We have to read it over and over.


17 Melanie May 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

Ooops my comment has a typo – sould say The Little BLUE Truck books!!


18 Erin May 1, 2014 at 11:15 am

My daughter is 8 months and loves board books. Her favorites are Mr Brown Can Moo because she likes animal sounds and Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury which we got from her doctor and I thought was kind of boring but she loves it. She’s just starting to understand what we say to her so we can’t wait to introduce her to new stories!


19 Sharon@DiscoverExploreLearn May 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Those are all great books! My 3 year old is currently in love with Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli (the same author as the Potty book you mentioned). It’s so funny, and being the “foodie” that you are, you’d probably really enjoy it.


20 Kath May 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Sounds like one I’d like!


21 Danielle pomeroy May 2, 2014 at 3:54 am

I am from Australia and you should get the book possum magic! It is the best!


22 jen May 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for some great ideas for upcoming birthdays for both of mine. We might be partial because we’re from Maine, but our house loves Blueberries for Sal as well as One Day in Maine by Robert McCloskey and Roxaboxen illustrated by Barbara Cooney. They were some of my daughter’s first real loves when it came to more text heavy picture books.


23 Barbara Younger May 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

Love Blueberries for Sal! Ker-plunk!


24 Sara May 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

My almost one-year-old (ahhh!) won’t let me read to him. I keep trying, but he just wants to grab the book from me and wave it around or chew it. One day…


25 Erin May 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Haha! My eight month old does that too and I notice most of the kids at her daycare like to grab it too. Mine has to be in the right mood or I let her eat one while I read her the other. Trying to eat stuff is how they learn so I figure eating a book is still exposing them to reading 🙂


26 Liza May 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

You should try reading the book away from him so he can’t grab it. If you aren’t reading to him make sure you are stimulating him with LOTS of language! It’s how their brains develop and primes them to learn language. Reading is so important.


27 Barbara Younger May 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

You can also try reading while he’s in the high chair.


28 gladis May 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Hey would anyone happen to remember an old story book that was about a old lady who lived alone and was waiting foralong time to receive a letter from someone and she would wait in all weathers till finally she gotalettersthat filled her whole house and outside that everyone came to help her read the letters ireally would like to find this book if any one could help me if live to show it to my baby girl


29 Jill Hance May 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

We love reading to our little guy too. LOVE Goodnight Moon! Have you seen the latest version, Goodnight iPad? Author is Ann Droyd… isn’t that clever? We picked it up at the library and loved reading it to him!


30 Abby May 5, 2014 at 8:04 am

Also would highly recommend picture books by Kevin Henkes! There is something truly magical about his books. Box of treats is awesome, comes with 5 little books, or any of his board books. Kitten’s First Full Moon too! Happy reading!


31 Brie May 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

We have “How Do Dinosaurs Love their Dogs?” and it’s hilarious.

Other favorites:
-Fish Kisses
-The Belly Button Book (bee bo!)
-Press Here (you MUST get this book. MUST. C squeals with laughter. It’s awesome!)
-Dog and Cat by Matthew Van Fleet


32 Amie May 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hi kath

just wanted to thank you for your Red Truck recommendation. I hadn’t heard of it before but my 19 month old loves buses and trucks so thought it was worth a try.

OH BOY does he love it?! I have now read this book to him about 6 times in 24 hours! Love it 🙂 thank you! He also loves the Hoppity Hop one (and then spent the morning trying to jump jump jump. Too cute).


33 Kath May 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm



34 May 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

Those were some great books you have there, I always think children should be reading books as early as possible because its good for them. Fantastic collection, hope to see more.


35 Jennifer May 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Some of our favorites (or maybe just mine?) …. we have 10 month old boy/girl twins. On some of these, they probably just like the pictures more than anything

The Big Red Barn
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Steam Train, Dream Train
The Day the Crayons Quit
Where the Wild Things Are
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
Richard Scary – (anything from him)
Green Eggs and Ham
The Velveteen Rabbit
Make Way for Ducklings
This Moose Belongs to Me
This is Not My Hat
The Little Island
Pat the Bunny
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Miss Rumphius
Just Me and My Dad
Just Me and My Mom


36 Jennifer May 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

One more resource that I was just introduced to by my mother-in-law –> “The Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. It is a really neat book on introducing children to books, but it also contains an excellent list of books to which children truly respond. The 7th edition was just published last summer and apparently he updates the list of books with each new edition.


37 Kevin L. Merriweather June 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

I love when people share their fav books.Those are all great books! My cute doughter love “Diary of a Wombat” book . she realy enjoy it. 🙂


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