I received a portion of the product in this post for free as part of my participation in Zondervan’s Z Blog Squad. All opinions are my own.
Adeline has always loved books, but now that she’s starting to talk more she’s obviously taking a much deeper interest. She’s so much more engaged now and loves looking at the pictures, pointing at animals, naming things, and holding her books on her own like a big girl. She’s also more attached to her books, and it’s so adorable to see! I can’t tell you how many times she’s requested to go to bed with her books and how many times we’ve heard her flipping the pages over the monitor in the morning. (Or sometimes in the middle of the night!) We also read pretty much every book on her bookshelf every single night so there’s that!
She’s definitely got her favorites though. You know, the ones we have to read before anything else. The ones that go to grandma’s house or in the car with us. The ones that end up in the pocket of the glider on repeat. So, I thought I’d share 6 that she’s especially been loving lately. They’re all perfect for the age she’s at, so listen up toddler moms!
First up, If You’re Happy and You Know It, by Barbara Szuca and Zonderkidz. Adeline is obsessed with any book that goes along with music, so this book is currently very beloved! The illustrations in it are so cute and colorful and the hard pages make it easy for her to turn herself. She loves seeing her favorite little songs come to life through books and it makes reading together that much more fun. It also just makes it easier for her to pay attention since it’s already so recognizable to her.
She loves pointing out all of the animals as we go, and with each page being so busy it’s easy to make the book “last longer” rather than just singing it through one time. Her favorite animal to point out is of course the elephant, and she nails the arm movement and noise every time. I really can’t wait to FINALLY take her to the zoo to see REAL elephants sometime soon because I know she’s going to pee her pants with excitement.
Next up, she’s also really loving her little Highlights magazines (did you have those as a kid too??), her Numbers Colors Shapes book, and Goodnight Texas. If you haven’t subscribed your toddler to Highlights, you need to!! I grew up with Highlights so to me they’re a little nostalgic but they’re really just educational and simple and as your toddler grows you can update their subscription to reflect their age. Numbers Colors Shapes has been so great for helping to expand her vocabulary and Goodnight Texas is perfect for learning her new state! She’s got a Goodnight Tennessee version too, which of course Mommy loves!
Lastly, Take Heart My Child by Ainsley Earhardt, Little Poems for Little Ears by Lin Oliver, and her Beginner’s Bible. Take Heart My Child is a sweet, sweet book that will totally make you tear up, but it’s also got beautiful illustrations and bright fun pages that are entertaining to look at. It’s a good bedtime story for sure! Little Poems for Little Ears is a book she’s had since she was a baby but the poems are so dang catchy that she insists on us reading it alllll the time. We got it through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. If you’re in Tennessee, be sure to check it out. It’s a great way to get free books! And of course her Beginner’s Bible is her jam as of late. She has like 5 different Bibles and at night she will randomly say “Bible!” and grab it and cuddle with it while we rock. It kind of makes my heart melt, not gonna lie!
I’m so thankful our girly loves books, even if they’re constantly in a million different piles around the house, we trip over them at night, and we end up reading them over and over and over again. If you haven’t acquired these books yet, I highly suggest adding them to your child’s library.
Do you own any of these books? What are you some of your little’s favorite books currently?