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happy friday! i’ve loved sharing a few of the books we’ve been reading with the littles at our home in the past, and wanted to share a few of the books that are on constant rotation with eleanor and samson as of late.  children’s books are probably one of my very favorite things, so it’s fun having an excuse to sit down and just read and read and read them with our family.

1. oh, the thinks you can think! by dr. seuss. it sounds so cliché, but i always feel inspired as i read this book to my children.  it’s how i want them to view and see the world… to know they can use their imaginations and create anything, if they just think and dream and use their minds! it’s definitely one of our family’s favorites.

2. once upon a memory, by nina laden. to be honest, this is probably my favorite more than the kiddos, and i’m always like, “ooh let’s read this one again!” fortunately they do not mind, but it’s definitely a book i love more than anyone else in the family.  the first time i read it, i actually cried.  it’s one of the most touching poems and the illustrations are beautiful.

3. not a box, by antoinette portis.  josh introduced this one to our kiddos and me. i hadn’t ever read it before.  a box is just a box…. unless it’s not a box. i love how much this book pushes the imagination, as the box becomes so many different things!

4. marcel the shell with shoes on, by dean fleischer-camp and jenny slate. i’m assuming you’ve met the adorable marcel the shell!! if you haven’t, you must watch!  a girlfriend of mine gave eleanor this book a few years ago and she still requests we read it every few days.  we like to make voices like marcel together as we read. it’s a lot of fun.

5. dragons love tacos, by adam rubin.  this is just a really fun and silly book all about how much dragons love tacos, unless there is salsa involved! the illustrations are very fun, too. both eleanor and samson adore this book right now.

a few of our favorite interactive books HERE and some of samson’s favorites HERE. what are some of your favorite books for toddlers right now? we are always looking to add to our book collection!

  1. Camden

    The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

  2. Brandy

    I don’t have my own children, but this Christmas I bought all the toddlers I know, “The Book With No Pictures” by BJ Novak (Yes, Ryan from the Office!). It’s so much fun, and teaches kids just how much fun reading can be!

  3. Anything with the Cat from Cat in the Hat. My son just loves the rhythm, the fun pictures, and the craziness of it.
    We struggle with the Eric Carle books as my son likes the more fast paced books with a story and the turning of half a page seems to be difficult to grasp.

  4. Tara

    I love children’s books! I’ve been known to stash a few for myself even. I love “Miss Rumphius” byBarbara Cooney. There’s something so inspirational in it to me. Thanks for sharing these finds.

  5. Erin

    Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells has been one of my favorite children’s books since I was in kindergarten and possibly inspired my love of baking too.


  6. Ali

    Have You Seen My Dragon? Y’all would LOVE it as it’s based in NYC and the dragon disappears throughout the city while meanwhile the little boy owner searches for him and finds all kinds of fun colorful things to count along the way. My son is just over 2.5 (close to your S), and counting has been something we’ve been working on for a while. This book is really helping and the illustrations are gorg!

    Gaston has the prettiest illustrations, as well!

    And Road Trip is pretty groovy as it flips at the end of the book and your view changes as you make your way back home. So ingenious!


  7. Lucy

    Love it!! I love these posts!!

    One of the books my 3 year old got for Christmas this year was this beautiful book called “Little Tree” by Jenny Bowers.
    It’s the most beautifully illustrated lift the flap book all about seasons!!
    When I’m not reading it with my son, I’m reading it alone ;)


    X x x

  8. megan

    I bet your kiddos would just love Hug Machine by Scott Campbell and Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo. These are two of the cutest books I have seen in a long time.

  9. We really love Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, as retold by Mo Willems. One of our very favorites!

    Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban was a favorite of mine as a kid.

  10. Brittany

    I must have bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal is a must read. It’s too adorable and is my sisters and I all time favorite book. I’m 24 with no kids and love to read it :)

  11. April

    The Day the Crayons Quit is such a clever book about a box of crayons going on strike. My son loves to read it and I think it is hilarious.

  12. Mindy

    Taza Ive been following since you guys lived in DC! If you could check out my new daily work wear blog I would love it! Or insta: Mindythrufriday Love to you and your beautiful fam from Cali! xoxoxox

  13. A friend who has a little toddler of 2 years is in love with Oliver Jeffers’ The Incredible Book Eating Boy that we gifted them when he was born :) I think the message is extra sweet. Also I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen is hilarious. Love yours I will send it your list to our friends for the little one.

    Damaris | The cat, you and us

  14. Julie

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is my 2 year old’s absolute favorite!

  15. Rachel

    My kids are E & S’s ages and we are currently loving Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld and Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Animalia by Graemevc Base is a long time fave too :)

  16. Alyssa

    So adorable!! I love the tacos book – so quirky ;)

  17. Cassie

    If you can find these Aussie books they’ll love them:
    – Imagine by Alison Lester (Eleanor will probably love these books)
    – Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
    – Possum Magic by Mem Fox
    – The Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
    – There’s A Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake
    – Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd (my 5yo son loves this series. They make him laugh)

  18. Emily

    ‘The Iridescence of Birds’ is a big favorite of mine. It’s about Henri Matisse as a boy. It’s a lovely tale of how he became who he did. Simple and beautiful.

  19. Yelle

    aw i had no idea that there was a marcel the shell book! so cute! my friend and i make the voice together too, and that book would make a nice little “thinking of you” gift!

  20. Sarah

    I love Stanley’s Stick- it’s similar to Not a Box but for a slightly older audience. Stanley has a stick and it becomes lots of different things. I’m off to check out the dragon and his tacos!

  21. Jessica

    “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak gets tons of laughs from my boys! You can watch a video of him reading it on YouTube.

  22. Maura

    The Very Cranky Bear is probably the most adorable, sweetest books I’ve read in a long time. Please do read it!

  23. Melissa

    Anything by Elsa Beskow, a Swedish author and illustrator. Her books are incredibly charming and magical for both boys and girls. We also love Dragons Love Tacos. :)

  24. Dr. Seuss! I live in Western, MA at the foot of the mountain believed to be the inspiration for the mountain the Grinch lived on! There’s a gallery here with his original art work and pieces – so perfect for a little’s room!Love this series – so fun.

    Warm Regards,

  25. Victoire

    Even though my 4 kids are adults now I still love children books. Thank you for recommending these books. I am secretly making a list of books to read to my far in the future grand children…
    Here is one that,if I may, recommend in case you don’t know it yet and that my kids and I loved: http://www.amazon.com/A-Hole-Dig-Ruth-Krauss/dp/1595190457
    So simple, Like “Not A Box”.
    My husband and I just became empty nesters and as I am slowly adjusting reading your blog makes me happy. Thank you.

  26. Kathryn

    I don’t have any kids myself, but my brother has a daughter and they’re FINALLY coming to visit this spring so I get to meet my little niece for the first time. I’m really enjoying your book selections – I’ll probably pick up a few for when she’s here. I have to admit that I’m really intrigued by Dragons Love Tacos ;) (but maybe that’s just my own love for tacos)

    xx Kathryn

  27. hanna

    This reading list is so cute –Hanna Lei

  28. Mindy

    My son’s all time favorite when he was younger was chicka chicka boom boom. We even had the mural painted on his wall. I miss those days!

  29. Paulina kay

    I needed some new reads for my little ones so thanks for recommendations:)
    Could you recommend something to read for me? I need some reading g time and I’m looking for a good read!:)

  30. Adrienne

    We love Dr Seuss. Essential for every kiddies reading list! x

  31. Hannah

    My 2.5 year old received The Gruffalo for Christmas last month. Both him and his older sister (4.5) love it. Its adorable.

  32. Tracy

    As an 8th grade Reading Teacher, this post makes me extremely happy! More parents should read to their children…

  33. Siobhan

    “Goodnight Dragons” by Judith Roth … My son loves to make the dragon sounds. He has a great rawr!

  34. Kelsey

    You have to get ‘Dinosaurs in the Supermarket!’ by Timothy Knapman. The illustrations are so pretty & colorful & the story is so cute!

  35. I love this list! Goodnight Moon and Oh The Places You’ll Go (Dr. Seuss) are on our top list of must-reads!

  36. Maggie

    I love The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Such witty humor and delightful illustrations. I just love it when the kids I babysit want to read this! We also love taking turns reading. It becomes a lot more fun when the kids like to read certain parts.

  37. Mallory

    Can’t wait to check these out at my library!

  38. Tribeca mom

    The giving tree by Shel Silverstein is the one that makes me cry! It’s a beautiful book. Other favorites my lovely 3 year old enjoys include, Strega Nona, any Madeline books, Biblioburro, all Elephant and Piggie, and Frozen anyone?

    Xoxo D and G

  39. Jenny

    I love a lot of the classics: Strega Nona never gets old to my kids, nor Stone Soup. But all of the Frances books, especially Bread and Jam for Frances, are classics. And the discussion of friendship in A Bargain for Frances is still one of the most valuable lessons on friendship you can show your kids I’ve ever found.

    Happy to have found your blog, fellow-New Yorker.

  40. I haven’t read the last three of these books, but I can’t wait to find them! You have to have some kids books that make you laugh or you’ll go crazy!

  41. Melissa

    We love The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

  42. Jordan

    In this interview I did with Aaron Becker, he ends with the importance of telling stories to our kids. I love his books, Journey and Quest. Journey won a Caldecott honor last year, and it’s a lovely tale. Just skip to #5 in this piece I wrote up about our interview. He gives a few good tips. As far as time goes…I let my kids know that a homemade story “counts” as a bedtime book. Otherwise, we’ll be up until midnight! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-lloyd-bookey/5-things-you-may-not-know_b_6436782.html