Oakey the bunny can do anything when he holds his mom’s hand. He’s a cute little bunny that gains confidence when he knows his mom is watching. A trip to the park and a walk through the woods leads them to the beach. There, Oakey declares, “I can do anything if you hold my hand!” I enjoy the cute illustrations and the good message, that children just need a little encouragement from their parents.
6. Mimi’s Toes by Julie Aigner-Clark
A bathtime book for babies and toddlers, Mimi’s Toes is full of fun rhymes and makes taking a bath always fun. I encourage always tickling toes during the read. Other great Baby Einstein books include: Sweet Dreams, Mimi and See How I Feel. The Baby Einstein characters are so adorable and recognizable. The stories are always teaching a lesson. In this case, it’s a lesson on how to take a bath, and get ready for bed.
5. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
I love this book because it’s so different than any other book I’ve read. It’s told by crayons. We’ve all used them; we’ve all lost them. But have we ever thought about how they felt? The illustrations are so fun to look at, even though they look like the handiwork of someone under seven. Any one of us could have drawn the same pictures in our youth. Each crayon writes a postcard to their owner Duncan, explaining why they quit and why they won’t be coloring anymore. It’s a happy ending where all colors prevail.
4. Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge by Marc Cerasini
Most everyone knows Thomas the Tank Engine. But does everyone know how brave he is? Sir Topham Hat sends Thomas, Gordon, and Henry up a mountain. Thomas must then face his fears and cross the big, big bridge. The winds are strong and Thomas is the smallest engine, but that doesn’t stop him. Harold the helicopter also makes an appearance. The story is about anticipation, fear, and overcoming struggles. It’s also about friendship and being there when someone needs you.
3. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
This story starts on a rainy day when Granny decides to take a nap. Page by page, the other members of the household join her in her snoozing. The cast of characters piles on top of Granny, until a wakeful flea causes a chain reaction. Everyone wakes up to a bright and sunny day. So fun to look at, so fun to read.
2. It’s Not Fair! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A very easy read that resonates with many siblings. Though it may seem that the message suggests life is unfair… well, let’s be honest. Sometimes it is. And that’s ok. By the end of the book you feel like you’ve sang a song about wanting curly locks and getting chicken pox. I think the reason why I like this book so much, is the amount of times I’ve heard a child say “It’s not fair!” in real life. This book takes a humorous look at how life can be unfair in so many ways, but we can laugh about it.
1. A Tale of Two Goats by Tom Barber
A hidden gem, A Tale of Two Goats is funny, expressive, and has a wonderful message at its core. It’s the story of two goats, Myrtle and Muriel, who live on opposite sides of a wire fence between two farms. Each one loves the food grown on the other’s farm, so they form a friendship while sneaking each other their snacks. When their owners find out however, they are less than pleased. They go to rather extensive measures to keep the goats apart, leaving Myrtle and Muriel hungry, sad, and lonely. The farmers both conclude that the only way to save their goats is to tear down the concrete, barbed wire wall and embrace peace.