Some of our favorite books!

Welcome to Fridays Favorites! This week I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of our favorite children's books. We've had many of these books since the girls were born. Some of them are also great for gift giving. Reading is one of our favorite things to do. My youngest one will grab the most hardest book to read and pretend she knows whats going on, she can be pretty convincing too.  While my oldest is a natural. Makes me so proud! Hope you enjoy our list of favorites and let me know in the comments if you've read any of these to your littles!

Let's start with my absolute favorite!
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman has definitely become a popular book over the years. It is about the celebration of birth and the uniqueness of each and every one of us. It describes how the world changed the night you were born. We changed, our lives changed. Even the moon smiled the night you were born. It is the sweetest most truest description of how we felt the moment our children were placed in our arms. Being a new mom with so many thoughts and emotions running through me, this book took over my heart. It quickly became the book I searched for to add into gifts for other new moms. I wanted every mom to have it and read it to their child one day.  I still read this book now. Both girls have a copy of it, with their own personalized message. Highly recommend this book either as a gift or one to add to your own collection. You can get it  here

JellyCat Books were always a hit for my kids when they were younger. The collection of books are so much fun. These were another one of those that I always liked to add into every child's birthday gift. They come in a soft cloth style which has crinkly pages, squeaky sounds and rattles. Really bringing the book to life.  They also come in a hard cover style which includes different type of textures and perky pictures to really catch your toddlers attention. We love everything JellyCat! All of ours are packed up with the other baby stuff so I didn't have any of ours to show you. But still wanted to mention them because they are a fav! Check them out here.
 

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The Twelve Gifts of Birth by Charlene Costanzo was one my daughter Aleena ( 3.5) received as a gift the day of her baptism. Which makes it even more special. I really love when someone gifts a special book and leaves a message for them inside. It just makes it that much sweeter. This book comes with a special message for children of all ages. It really is a perfect keepsake book for those special moments in life. It sends the message of character, self-respect and self-esteem. It's meant to inspire us to be better. Which is why for each stage in life this book is appropriate. Even for me, I find myself thinking about all the courage and strength I have been blessed with. Its a great book to remind us to be good, not just to others but to ourselves. Beautifully written and illustrated. Again, highly recommend! You can find it here.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Everyone knows and loves this book. That's no surprise! I still wanted to add it to our list of favorites because this is one of Olivias (6.5) favorite books. It was the first big girl book she began reading in kindergarten. She would read it so much she eventually had it memorized. Though she didn't fully understand the concept of the book, she loved it the none the less. Now at almost 7 we still read it and talk about what it really means to want to give rather than to receive. It has a beautiful life lesson that we all need to be reminded of at times. Great book! Check it out here.

I'm a Big Sister by Ronne Randall & Kristina Stephenson is one we bought for Olivia when her sister was born. Such a sweet book. Going from an only child to a big sister is a huge responsibility and a big change. The book illustrates how well Ellie, the big sister does. It also teaches us parents that sometimes all the older one wants is to be involved. We really enjoyed this book! Here it is. 

So, there it is! Some of our favorite children's books! What are some of yours? Let me know in the comments! We love books and are always looking for new ones to read. 

Reading with your child at an early age is so important! It helps them to learn interaction, teaches them to bond with parents, to speak better and to start reading by themselves at an earlier age. Reading broadens our imagination. It makes you think and fantasize. It works our brains in so many ways! Never stop reading to your child and with your child. 

Xoxo!