Shopping for children’s books is one of my favorite things to shop for. I started collecting them in college, & I basically look for any opportunity to buy one now– birthday present, Christmas present, travel souvenir, & any other random special occasion– it’s safe to say I’ll show up with a book! I like buying them for my own kids, of course, but they’re also great for birthday parties because there’s a smaller chance of a kid getting a duplicate gift.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorites because there are approximately five billion current children’s books out there, & it can be a little overwhelming! When it’s time to do some Christmas shopping, help yourself out, & keep this list handy!

I’ve linked most of the books below to Amazon because #freeshipping with Prime, but I’ll also say if you’re close to a Barnes & Noble, take yourself on a stroll inside! There’s a Starbucks, & if the kiddos are tagging along, the children’s book area usually has a stage or train set. I really like going by myself or on a date night– less distractions, more browsing time. BUT if kiddos are with you, see if your B&N has a story time hour during the week! Look at you sipping a latte AND enriching the lives of the future generation! You’re so awesome.

Ages 0+

Thomas the Train Series by Rev. W. Awdry
I’ve linked abridged versions of the classic hardback books. We have both, & Jude actually prefers the longer, hardback copies, but disclaimer: there’s a lot of scotch tape on those pages from Jude’s favorite pastime of ripping them out.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Little Blue Truck Series by Alice Shertle
Jude’s favorite is  Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
There are hardly any words in this book, but Jude loves finding the balloon in each picture & making the different animal sounds.

I am a Bunny by Richard Scary

Your Baby’s First Word Will be Dada and Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon
The Dada book is great even if your baby is past saying Dada already– again, you can have fun getting creative with your animal sounds here.

All Better! by Henning Lohein

Never Feed a Yeti Spaghetti by Make Believe Ideas

Ages 3+

(Collins is starting to enjoy us reading chapter books to her (she’s five), but she still enjoys picture books, & I think there’s so much value in reading them to older kids!)

The Good Egg and The Bad Seed by Jory John

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Olivia series by Ian Falconer
Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia the Spy , & Olivia Helps with Christmas are all favorites in this house!

My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

Princesses Wear Pants and Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie

We are the Gardeners by JoAnna Gaines

When God Made You and When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner
These are the sweetest books in the world & the words could make your cry all the tears.

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
If you’ve followed me on Instagram for long, you know this is the story behind Collins drawing faces on my squash & forbidding me to cook them.

The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

Uni the Unicorn and Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton
This makes for a great hostess gift in lieu of a card for a baby shower!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

In My Heart (a book of feelings) by Jo Witek

The Wonderful Things You Will Be and Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin

She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom

How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood
We have this book in hardback and board book because our kids have loved it as babies & as they’ve grown older. It’s how we taught them the song!


How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace

The Nutcracker by New York City Ballet, Valeria Docampo

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Don’t forget about the Olivia book mentioned above!

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