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favorite kids books

This is by no means an exhaustive list and it’s certainly one that changes regularly, as we find new books/authors and as the kids get older and their interests shift and change.  But here are a few that we love!

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead



My Aunt Penny got the kids this book and it is just so dear.  Dave and I love that it centers around an older man (not a typical kids book character) and the illustrations are so sweet and serene and wonderful.  The whole book feels very nostalgic and is just incredibly well done.  The kids love it, too.  Highly, highly recommend.

Being a Pig Is Nice by Sally Lloyd-Jones


We recently picked this book up from the library, mainly because Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote the Jesus Storybook Bible (LOVE) and I heard her on a podcast and wanted to check out her other books.  Leo is currently obsessed with this book and as soon as we finish reading it asks if we can read it again.  It’s perfect for his age.  We also got her book The House That’s Your Home and while the kids like it but don’t love it, I find it to be one of the more poetic kids books I’ve encountered.

Look Inside a Farm by Usborne books


This is Katie’s current favorite book.  She likes to find all the cats hidden about.  This is such a fun book because it has flaps within flaps and books within the book.  It’s super cool and very informative, too.  Leo especially likes that when you lift one flap of a cow’s tail, you see the cow pooping.

Flutter Fly by Kaaren Pixton


This is Molly’s favorite book, if she had one.  As our resident goat, Molly will relentless pursue anything she can put in her mouth, especially paper and plastic bags.  We originally got this book for Katie when she was a baby and she didn’t care about it at all.  Molly, however, finds it quite satisfying to wave it around, eat it, etc.  It’s indestructible and can’t be torn, so she can chew to her heart’s content.  It’s also washable, although I haven’t needed to yet.  The paper has a slightly fabric feel to it and I find if I crumple up the pages a bit, Molly can get a better hold on pages.

This is a short list and leaves out a whole slew of other books that the kids love and read (or want to read) daily, but these are current favorites.  What about you?  Any we should be checking out?


3 thoughts on “favorite kids books

  1. I didn’t know Sally Lloyd-Jones had other books! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂 I LOVE books that have little tiny things hidden – kitties, a mouse, goldbug from Richard Scarry, etc – so cute! Have you read any Mo Willems yet?! If not, go to the library and get some IMMEDIATELY. You’ll love them!

  2. I love “A Sick Day For Amos McGee.” I would also recommend, if you haven’t read them yet, “The Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan Thomas, “Jimmy Zangeow’s, Out-of-this-world, Moon Pie Adventure” by Toni DiTerlizzi, and the classic “Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer. Also, one of my new favorites from last year is “Waiting” by Kevin Henkes.

    My first three recommendations are all funny reads. The last is just plain beautiful.

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