Must-Have Books for Your Little One



I won’t lie.  It was very hard for me to pick just ten of our favorite books to read to Jonathan!  My husband and I do our best to read a book every night to our little guy.  He loves it!  We love books with bright colors and awesome messages.  We also typically like books that are shorter in length because my now almost 11 month old can get very antsy sometimes if the book is too long.  So with no further ado, here are the top ten books in our house:

  1. Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear:  We got this book from my aunt and uncle at our baby shower.  I can honestly say I had never read it before, but it is so cute!  This is a short, easy read with adorable pictures!
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar:  Let’s just say, I’m an Eric Carle fan.  The bright colors and clever design of the book are very eye-catching!  It’s a quick read that gives little ones a lot to look at!
  3. Giraffes Can’t Dance:  The message of this book is one of the best things about it!  Though little ones won’t understand it for a while, the book encourages readers to “find their own music”.  As Gerald himself says, “We all can dance…when we find music that we love”.
  4. Little Blue Truck:  We LOVE Little Blue Truck!!  This book has a lot of sound words which helps our little guy stay focused on the book.  It also teaches a great lesson of helping and being kind to one another.  As the dump truck learns, “Now I see a lot depends on a helping hand from a few good friends!”  We love Little Blue so much, we even bought Little Blue Truck Leads the Way and Little Blue Truck Christmas!
  5. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!:  One of Dr. Seuss’ rhyming books, this is one of those quick reads that can get you all kinds of tongue-tied!  As they pride themselves on though, it is simple and silly!
  6. Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can you?:  As with the book above, this is one of Seuss’ infamous rhyme books, but it uses a lot of the sound words, which my son loves!  When we read the “Pop! Pop! Pop!” and “Cock A Doodle Doo” in different voices, he gets so excited!
  7. Corduroy:  This is a classic must-have for any young reader!  This book is a little longer, but going through Corduroy’s adventure of finding a friend is one every child needs to read!
  8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?:  Illustrated by Eric Carle and written by Bill Martin, Jr., this is an easy read that can help little ones with animal identification and colors.  It also has the bright colors that are sure to grab the attention of little eyes!
  9. Chicka Chicka ABC:  This is a variation of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Bill Martin, Jr.  This is a sweet, almost musical, book that is sure to help your little ones learn their ABCs.
  10. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed:  Who doesn’t know the song about the ornery five little monkeys jumping on the bed?!  This book follows the traditional song and puts pictures to it!

I also asked my Facebook and Instagram followers to tell me what their favorite books were to read to their kids.  Many of them were also our favorites!  (Great minds think alike!)  So here are a few additional books to check out:

  • Inside Your Outside:  All About the Human Body (Dr. Seuss)
  • The Pout-Pout Fish (Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna)
  • Cookie’s Week  (Cindy Ward)
  • Goodnight Baseball  (Michael Dahl and Christina E. Forshay)
  • Dragons Love Tacos  (Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri)
  • 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street  (Mark Lee)
  • Big Red Barn  (Margaret Wise Brown)
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama (Anna Dewdney)
  • The Kissing Hand  (Audrey Penn)

Some of the links included above are affiliate links, meaning, I will earn a commission if you click-through and make a purchase at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I use and love!

So until next time,

Okie Mom

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