The Real Mom Series is back as we share some of our favorite books that we love reading to our kids. Be sure to read the book lists from the others moms: The Refined Woman, Sacramento Street, The Life Styled; Apartment 34; Smitten Studio; The Effortless Chic; Freutcake
We read stories every night as part of our bedtime routine. Elle loves picking the book out, and more often than not she chooses the same one over and over again until she finds a new favorite. For Levi, we have been reading a lot of books with animal sounds and colors. He's starting to talk more and more, and his participation with pointing at familiar objects or animals has been really fun.
I don't think there has been a book that we have read that we didn't like, but I've listed some of the our favorites over the past four years and why. I hope you like them too, and I would love any suggestions you may have on some others we should read.
Moo, Baa, La La La - Both of my kids have loved this book as one year olds. They learn the animal sounds so quickly with this book. Elle has it memorized to this day and she is four now.
Pantone: Colors - This is one of those books that you want to display on your kid's bookshelf, but at the same time does a great job helping kids learn their colors. Elle still loves to look at it even though she has known her color for a long time now. Levi is just starting to get into it.
First 100 Trucks and Things That Go - Levi loves cars, trucks, planes and any machine that goes. This picture book of 100 trucks is a favorite of his right now. He just points at every truck he really likes and makes a vroom sound. His attention span is pretty short as a 16 month old, but this book does a great job keeping it.
What Should I Wear Huggle Buggle Bear - This is a favorite because the author writes the book so that the reader has to help find the clothing that he is missing in the picture. Elle has memorized what he is missing by now, but she still loves reading it.
Cupcake - I can't say that I was super excited to read this book when I saw it, but Elle loves cupcakes and the illustrations. She has memorized every page, and now she "reads" it to us, which is a fun and new dynamic.
You Are Special - I fell in love with this book before I even had kids. It was the first book that I ever purchased when I was pregnant with Elle. It teaches kids to know that they are special regardless of their achievements, but because God has made them.
Rose Revere, Engineer- It's a great book that puts a female character in a traditional male role in society. It also talks about how women played a big part during WWII by helping with engineering and manufacturing.
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