I can’t believe it’s been over two years since the last post on my favorite children’s books! Do people still hang out on blogs?
To make up for the long hiatus, this is a longer list than usual. Hopefully there’s something here for the special little humans in your life!
Giraffe Problems is a hilarious book about a giraffe who’s insecure about his neck. Jory John writes in a way that’s super fun to read, if you like doing voices and intonations when you read to your little ones. I have to say I crack myself up every time I read this one (and if I’m lucky, the kids will laugh too).
A fun retelling of the story of Jesus calming the storm, this book is a favorite with my kids. They really enjoy the silly illustrations, and I have to say, I love when illustrators have fun with Bible stories. They don’t always have to be so serious, you know what I mean?
Do boys come pre-programmed to love trucks and trains? The Construction Site series is well-loved in our household and we have all the books in the series. The Merry and Bright one is a cute flap-book that will make a lovely gift for the truck-loving nugget in your life. We also love the recent Road Crew, Coming Through! Another cute Christmas-themed one is Construction Night on Christmas Night (although come to think of it, can be cynically interpreted as the capitalistic drive to work until the last minute before Christmas!).
Singer and song-writer Ellie Holcomb writes another lovely book with nature-themed illustrations. The first one was featured in the fourth post of this favorite children’s books series.
Last but certainly not least, Jacqueline Woodson writes another poetic children’s book that holds space for the pandemic experience that the world just went through (and still going through). For your loved ones who struggled with being at home during lockdown, this book will resonate deeply and provide a soothing balm to that episode of our lives. I love the idea of having literature in our family library that marks the historic and human experience of COVID-19. My kids are still young, so they may not remember what the world went through. But in future years, this book will serve as a vehicle for us to talk about and reflect upon what happened, and how it impacted us.
Favorite Children's Books Series
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