My husband and I recently celebrated our 1-year anniversary. Marriage has been more mind-blowingly awesome and glorious than I could have ever imagined. All those folks that tell you to “watch out” because the “first year of marriage is super hard”…don’t believe them. Marriage is flippin’ amazing! So amazing in fact, that we decided we could no longer keep all this fun and love and happiness to ourselves. We needed someone to share it with. So….
We’re having a baby!!
I’ve only got a few days left of my first trimester, and pregnancy has been an incredible (if exhausting) experience so far. I cannot wait to meet our little one, and start sharing all of our love, joy and laughter with it. And (as you can tell from the above picture) reading him or her book after book after book. 🙂 My collection of children’s books was getting so out of hand that I had to transfer them to an entirely different bookshelf!
Speaking of which, I just realized that I’ve never posted about children’s books! I’m shocked, honestly. I remember planning on doing such a post at least two years ago, but I guess it fell through the cracks. Ah well, there’s no time like the present! Here are just a few of my all-time favorite children’s books that I grew up reading, and that I cannot wait to share with my little one. 🙂
The Little House Picture Books
These are rather hard to find! I went on a search a few years ago to buy the entire collection, and had to buy some of them from rather obscure locations. The wording comes almost straight from Wilder’s original stories, but the illustrations are what really make these books.
I remember thinking as a kid that the paper boy was so cool and brave for getting up to work when it was still dark. All the scenes with him getting ready in the wee hours, and especially of crawling back into his warm bed just as dawn approached, always made me feel indescribably cozy.
Ah, the cuteness of this book! The fluffy little animals with berry-stained mouths. It doesn’t get any better than that. This book is so little-known, though, that I can’t even find a picture of it online!!
Tops and Bottoms
This book is super unique because you have to hold it sideways to read it – I love the wittiness of Bear and Rabbit’s interactions.
The Patchwork Quilt
This one is for slightly older children (not babies or toddlers) because the actual content is much wordier and complex than most kids books. I love the sweetness of the old grandmother, and her love for her family. Plus, I’m a quilter, and absolutely adore the quilting aspects of the story.
Blueberries for Sal
Man, I’m realizing a pattern here – almost all these books either involve food, night time or cute animals. 😀 Corduroy is a cute stuffed animal exploring an empty mall at night – makes sense that this would be a favorite!
Last but not least, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
So much fun and such a classic!
There are SO many more books I love (When Bunny Grows Up, the Clifford the Big Red Dog books, all of Eric Carle’s masterpieces) but don’t have time to mention. What are some of your favorites, either growing up or that you read to your kids? I’m always up for suggestions. 🙂