i kind of have a thing for children's books. finn has always loved reading so whenever people ask what they can get him, after we say 'nothing at all' we usually default to 'how about a book?'. needless to say, our home if filled with many many gems. but i have found there is seriously some crappy books out there. often we leave the library with a bag filled with hopefuls only to get home and find they have all of two words on each page or the topic is redundant and we already own at least 8 other books just like it. long story short, i have always loved when people share their favourite children's books - we have acquired many of their recommendations and loved each and every one, so i figured i would share a few of ours.
xo - happy reading!
little owl lost by chris haughton - a sweet story about a baby owl who falls out of his nest and loses his mama. all the forest animals come together to help him find her.
what i be by michael franti- a beautiful book with a heartfelt message of love, gratitude and living life to its fullest - written by singer/song write/ amazing human being, michael franti.
when you were small by sarah o'leary, illustrated by julie morstad - this book is so sweet! and the beautiful illustrations make it a special treat for audiences of all ages. there are several books created by sarah and julie - we have and LOVE each of them (and have given them as gifts on more than one occasion.)
the busy beaver by nicholas oldland - a tale with a nice environmental undertone - a careless beaver on a path to destroy his home sees the err of his ways and makes cute steps the change them. of course mama loves this one. :)
hooray for fish by julie cousins - super pretty pictures and a nice flow to the story - we find this book really engages finn- he loves pointing out all his favourite fish (and giving kisses at the end!)
Toes in my nose by sheree fitch - this book actually belonged to jeff as a child and was passed along to finn by his great aunt. it is filled with really cute rhymes which finn loves- so much so we have memorized pretty much every page. its an oldie but definitely a goodie!
note: for convenience sake, the links for most of these books is through amazon.ca- that being said, if you are lucky enough to have a local bookstore in your community, get out and support them! definitely head there before ordering online or running over to the big-box store. they will often special order things in for you, and being able to contribute and support your local community, and in turn, local families, is awesome!
see round 2 of our favourite books HERE