Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

Books are always among my favorite gifts to give and receive, for a whole variety of reasons.  If you're looking for gift ideas for your little one this holiday season, here are a few of our favorites:

New favorite finds of 2013:

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Journey, by Aaron Becker

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

On a Beam of Light, by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

  I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems 

What we're putting under the tree for our kids this year (I can't wait!):

Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn (I am SO excited to add this to our home library!)

The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins (Daddy's pick -- our little guy will LOVE this!!)

Other classic favorites:

Silly fun!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

For your animal lover:

Over in the Jungle by Maryann Berkes

Over in the Ocean by Maryann Berkes

National Geographic's Animal Encyclopedia


Flip-O-Saurus by Sara Ball

For your truck lover:

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

For your little inventor:

If I Built a House, by Chris Van Dusen

If I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen

Our favorite chapter books:

Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant

The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne


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