…And, we’re back with a new post from Jillian! These past few months were filled with out of town family visits, Jillian’s first birthday , Thanksgiving, and hosting family for the holidays. Through the craziness, it’s not lost on us that we have so much to be #grateful for in our lives. From the things we consider mundane to the greatest blessing of good health, it never ceases to amaze me how many things are worthy of praise and gratitude.
Among our things to be grateful for is Jillian’s love of books. She’s really turned a corner in the past few weeks and she has enjoyed reading even more. She can say “book,” regularly brings one over to read, turns the pages herself, giggles at mom or dad’s voice, chooses her favorites, feels the textures, and still gives them a good taste test. She received so many wonderful new books as gifts and we wanted to share some of her new faves mixed with some of her old “goodies” with all of you. If you missed her first lit picks, head on over here.
If you’re on the hunt for children’s gifts, consider giving a child in your life a book. It’s really a gift for a lifetime!
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1. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
From Jillian: My good friend, Owen, gave me this book for my birthday. It’s a wonderful tale about a curious and mischievous little owl who falls out of her nest. She misses her mama terribly and looks to her friends for help to find her. Her friends take her on a whirlwind journey until they finally find mama. I love to say “uh oh!” and “bump bump bump” when the little owl falls out of the nest. Now I say “uh oh” whenever I drop something, accidentally or on purpose. 🙂
From Amazon: Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. But while some are big (like a bear) or have pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), none of them have all the features that make up his mommy. Where could she be? A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story’s comforting, gently wry conclusion.
2. Colors by Xavier Deneux
From Jillian: This is the most beautiful book that I have in my little library. My friend, Landon, gave me this book for my birthday and my Daddy reads it to me every night before bed. The beautiful illustrations and raised shapes make it great for touching. My favorite page is “brown bear.” It always makes me smile. This is truly a work of art and great for hands-on reading.
From Amazon: Introducing TouchThinkLearn books, a format unlike any other. Combining scooped-out die-cuts with raised, shaped elements, each book is designed to offer the youngest learners an irresistible opportunity to explore their universe in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine in a dynamic way to stimulate understanding of essential concepts. Experience green both in the beauty of a raised leaf’s surface as well as in the caterpillar that munches on the leaf’s edge. Celebrate a moon rising into the night, while simultaneously a sun sets deep into the mirroring page. Translating abstract thought into tangible knowledge, groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn books give early learning new dimension.
3. What’s In My Truck? by Linda Bleck
From Jillian: This is my favorite “lift the flap” book and is my mom’s “hail Mary” book for when she needs to keep me entertained while we’re out and about time. Each page features colorful images of a truck with all sorts of flaps to lift with exciting compartments to see. I love the rhyming text and the questions under each flap. My friend, Iris, had this book in her collection and passed it along to me. I never knew I would enjoy a book about a big rig so much!
From Amazon: Discover all the things these trucks can carry in this board book with tons of lift-the-flaps! This board book not only features different trucks making deliveries to different places, it’s also chock-full of flaps! Toddlers and preschoolers love playing with cars and trucks, but now they can actually peek inside these fun trucks and see what’s inside, from food and livestock to where the driver sleeps on overnight drives! The engaging text is informative, interactive, and fun!
4. Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
From Jillian: If you love rhyming books as much as I do, you will really enjoy Farmyard Beat. As you can tell, my friend Owen has GREAT taste in books. He gave me this one as well and it’s catchy rhymes sure are entertaining! My mom likes to play the drums and use rhythm sticks when we read this book. Farmer Sue sure has a great life on the farm with all of her musically talented animals.
From Amazon: Author Lindsey Craig teams up with Arthur creator and bestselling artist Marc Brown in a toe-tapping farmyard dance-a-thon—perfect for toddler and preschooler read-alouds. As soon as the sun goes down, the animals are up! (“Sheep can’t sleep. Sheep can’t sleep. Sheep can’t sleep ’cause they got that beat!”) Before long, there’s a giant farmyard dance party, complete with funny animal sounds. But what happens when all the racket wakes up Farmer Sue? Here’s a colorful bedtime story that begs to be read aloud.
5. Guess How Much I Miss You (Record-A-Story), by Julia Lobo
From Jillian: I don’t live close to my Grandma JoJo and Grandpa Ted and I miss them a lot. My Grandma JoJo gave me this special Record-A-Story book and recorded it with her voice! It’s a great keepsake book and one that I love because it reminds me that she is always thinking of me and sending her love. If you’re a Costco member, you’ll find these in the books section. Perfect gift for anyone with a kiddo in their lives!
From Toys ‘R Us: Read a story to your little one even when you cant be there! This unique storybook plays back your voice as the child turns each page. The beautiful, all-new illustrations with a classic feel and the dedication page make this book a keepsake to be treasured for years to come. Give a personalized gift sure to be cherished!
6. I Am a Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
From Jillian: My Uncle LuLu read this book to my friends and me at my Storytime birthday party last month. He dressed up as the bunny and it made me smile so much! What’s not to love about a little bunny who tells us all about his favorite things to do each season of the year? Richard Scarry’s illustrations are truly timeless and there’s nothing I love more than settling in to storytime with this short and sweet book.
From Amazon: This classic Golden Book, illustrated by Richard Scarry, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the story of Nicholas, a bunny clad in red overalls. In the spring, he picks flowers, and in the summer, watches the frogs in the pond. In the fall, he sees the animals getting ready for winter. And when winter comes, he watches the snow falling from the sky…then curls up in his hollow tree to dream about Spring. No child’s library is complete without this gentle story of the seasons.
7. Green Start Book Towers, Little Nursery Rhymes, by Ikids
From Jillian: Iris gave me this wonderful set of nursery rhymes books and it’s something that my parents have really enjoyed, too. We don’t hear the classic nursery rhymes as much as we used to and these books jog my parents’ memories. They try and sing them to me (to the best of their ability). Apart from nostalgia, I enjoy knocking them over after my mom makes tall stacks. The container is great for playing, too. I can pick it up by the handle, stick my hands in it and pull books out. They are made of 98% recyclable material which is great for the earth!
From Barnes and Noble: Brand new in the green start? series, include a 98% recycled chunky board book in an adorable, reusable totebox tower! Each of these ten stackable book’s comes with simple, enriching content and endearing illustrations! Ten chunky boards books feature favorite, classic nursery rhymes, Book titles: baa, baa black sheep; hey diddle diddle; humpty dumpty; itsy bitsy spider; jack be nimble; little bo peep; little miss muffet; rain, rain; this little piggy; and twinkle, twinkle. Parents can read the books together with their child and then slip them back into the tote-along tower. Comes with ten mini 6 page board books.
8. Pout Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen
From Jillian: Oh boy, oh boy! I love Pout Pout Fish so much. Some days I have the “dreary wearies,” too, and I try not to let it get to me. I really enjoy the funny illustrations of Pout Pout Fish. I like that he changes his attitude around in the end and learns how to be happy! He certainly is lucky to have such great friends who look out for him and want him to be happy. I can’t thank my friend Owen enough for this wonderful book. I hope Santa brings me other Pout Pout fish books for Christmas!
From Amazon: Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen’s fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.
9. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
From Jillian: I can see why this book is so loved by multiple generations. My aunties Jasmine and Allison gave me this book for my birthday and I am so glad they did because I really enjoy playing with Paul and Judy. I love trying on mother’s ring, feeling daddy’s scratchy face and playing Peekaboo with Paul. At the end, I say “buh-bye” to them and then open it from the beginning and start all over. I have the plastic comb version and I like sticking my fingers through the spiral. It makes it easier for me to pick up, too.
From Amazon: The original classic touch and feel book that has been entertaining babies for over 60 years.
10. It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, by Nancy Tillman
From Jillian: Nancy Tillman is definitely one of my favorite authors. Her books are always so dreamy and descriptive and the accompanying illustrations are so peaceful. I don’t really like to settle down for naps and bedtime, but books like this one remind me that even superheros need their sleep! I like the little girl that’s featured in this book and I think I might grow up to look like her one day. My mommy loves Tillman’s writing style and always enjoys reading her books to me during storytime. You’re probably familiar with her cult classic, On the Night You Were Born. This one is a great follow up to add to your collection.
From Amazon: On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.
Jillian and I loved hearing about your favorite books as well as ones you bought from her Part I post. She’ll be back soon to share even more of her favorite things in the future. Please share your recommendations in the comments section.
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