We’re always finding different books on the Internet or discovering a great read in the library, and so our book collection is ever changing. And growing. My goodness, is it growing. These are a few of our current favourites.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a firm favourite in our household and, rather appropriately, was discovered at our local library. It’s one we love to give as a gift, too. The first time I read this, I cried. I really did. The story is simple and beautiful. The text is easy to read and short enough for a toddler to cope with. And the pictures. Oh my, those pictures. Illustrator Kevin Hawkes has done an exquisite job bringing this story to life. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)
I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker is a book I came across through a recommendation here on Persephone! This is a gorgeous book and one that we keep coming back to. The story is short and has a beautiful rhythm that makes it a very easy read. It’s a book that Juniper Junior has read to Little Juniper since he was very, well, little. Given that this story encompasses the whole family, it’s no surprise that Grandpa Juniper likes this one, too. The artwork by Ken Wilson-Max is so happy and energetic and brings us joy even on the toughest of toddler days. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)
Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton was one of Juniper Junior’s first books. It is nigh on impossible to read this book without singing along. The words are catchy, the pictures are a delight, and it’s a great distraction in a small package. Even once the kids are in bed, hours after being read, the song will still be going round my head. Sandra Boynton books are always loved here, but this one is definitely a favourite. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson is one of my favourites. It’s a longer story, relative to Little Juniper’s attention span, but I love reading it. This gentle story is one I often start reading aloud whilst Little Juniper is tearing around the room, and within a couple of pages, he is snuggled up beside me, waiting to hear the rest. As usual, this story is illustrated by Axel Scheffler. And as usual, the illustrations are beautiful. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)
Those are just a few of our favourites. What are your favourite children’s books?