If you’re anything like us, you’re running out of activities to keep your younger children occupied throughout this difficult stretch. While we read to Max every night before bed, I sometimes forget how nice it is to read during the day. It grounds both Max + I in the midst of chaotic days that blur together…the problem is that I don’t do it enough! So in the hopes of reminding myself to do it more, I thought I'd share some of our favorite children’s books!
For reference, Max is about to turn 4. Some of these books we’ve had since she was born, others have been added to our collection recently, and some I hope to add soon after many recommendations. I’m also looking forward to getting into some chapter books with her soon! Any suggestions?!
01 / Max got The Honeybee in her Easter basket and it’s become a fast favorite. The illustrations and playful wording make learning about pollination and how important honeybees are an absolute delight!
02 / I can’t remember when we got the dreamer but it’s full of wonder for kids + grownups alike.
03 / “In an old house in Paris…” Madeline, a classic.
04 / Eva Chen’s second story about Juno Valentine, the little girl who this time finds herself visiting female icons throughout time in Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure.
05 / Green on Green is on our list. It follows a journey throughout the seasons.
06 / Forever one of my favorites, Julia, Child is utterly charming and especially cute for a budding chef!
07 / Joanna Gaines wrote We are the Gardeners with her kids to share their family’s love of gardening, and how it came to be.
08 / I think our edition of Miss Rumphius came from my own collection and I dream about living in a house surrounded by lupines…
10 / This is How We Do It is a wonderful way to teach kids about our differences…and how much we still have in common.
11 / Yes we got Max the Brave because of the name but it’s adorable for kids who aren’t named Max.
12 / We started watching Pete the Cat before we started reading the books and Max is obsessed with this collection of stories.
14 / Empowering and educational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book that can grow with your child. Max doesn’t always understand what she’s hearing, but she gets in moods where we have to read about a different kickass woman every day for a week straight. She understands the sentiment and it’s a book she will cherish as she gets older.
15 / One Thousand Things lays out theme-oriented collections of “things” in a beautiful way.
16 / Maybe my all-time favorite book, we’ve had The Wonderful Things You’ll Be since max was a baby and we both enjoy reading it to this day. Fact: I have it memorized.
17 / Home is a great way to show kids how others live and that no matter what your home looks like, it’s a special place.
And there you have it! What are your favorites?
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