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Our Favorite Children's Books of 2022

At our house, we read A LOT of children's books! So, as a fun way to wrap-up 2022, we want to share some of our favorite books from the past 12 months with you. We've included everything from board books to chapter books, so feel free to skim the list and see if any appeal to your family. We hope you enjoy!


Just two girls who love reading books 😁

Nolan's Picks: Board Books

(Nolan is 15 months old and loves books but has a very short attention span.)



MOO, BAA, LA LA LA!

By: Sandra Boynton

Publisher: Little Simon (1995)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description:

A cow says MOO.

A sheep says BAA.

Three singing pigs say

LA LA LA!


Sandra Boynton’s wildly popular, Moo, Baa, La La La! features her lively and spirited text that introduces readers to animals and the noises they make. A quiet final spread begs the little ones and their caregivers to OINK!, SNORT!, QUACK!, and MEOW! in a noisy animal ending.


Why We Love it:

  • Simple, short text

  • Lots of animal sounds

  • Teaches babies and toddlers the names of animals and the sounds they make

  • Good for very short attention spans 😊

  • Halloween and Christmas versions also available




EVERYTHING IS MAMA

Author: Jimmy Fallon

Illustrator: Miguel Ordonez

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (2017)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby's point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.


Why We Love It:

  • Perfect for babies who experience separation anxiety when away from mom (Nolan 😊)

  • Introduces babies and toddlers to common words and helps them associate the words with their pictures




Where's My Nose?

Written By: Susan Ring

Illustrated By: Stephanie Peterson

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (2001)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description:

Where's my nose?

Where's my nose?

I can see my fingers,

I can see my toes.

I know it's close 'cause it sniffs and blows,

but where's my nose?


Why We Love It:

  • Short, rhyming text that allows for interaction and sound effects

  • Introduces babies to body parts and other household concepts (furniture, clothes, etc.)

  • Mylar mirror at the end isn't super high-quality, but it still keeps baby's interest



Nolan's Picks: Sound Books


ABC and 123 Learning Songs

Illustrated By: Beatrice Costamagna

Publisher: Cottage Door Press (2017)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Singing is learning and learning is fun! Toddlers and preschoolers can sing along with these popular learning songs in this fun songbook. Featuring a wooden inlay and sturdy construction, this book is sure to delight while teaching an appreciation for both music and together time. Come listen and sing along to children's favorites including Apples and Bananas, If Your Happy and You Know It, and The Ants Go Marching.


Why We Love It:

  • Includes 10 songs that are appropriate for a range of ages (Avery and Nolan approve)

  • Songs teach the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, etc.

  • Great for long car rides and calming fussy babies 😅




What Do You Say, Little Blue Truck?

Written By: Alice Schertle

Illustrated By: Jill McElmurry

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Hear Little Blue Truck say hello to all his animal friends in this interactive sound book, featuring a rollicking original story and eight different sounds! Will his friends BEEP! back like Blue, or will they say something new?


Why We Love It:

  • Simple, rhyming text teaches babies and toddlers farm animals and the sounds they make

  • Repetitive format helps even the youngest readers understand and predict patterns

  • The last two pages summarize the animals' sounds, so every button can be pushed in quick succession...big hit at our house! 😊

  • Beautiful illustrations

  • Even when Nolan was very young and had a very short attention span, this book kept his attention. To this day, he loves Little Blue Truck! 😊



Nolan's Picks: Lift-The-Flap Books


Dear Zoo

By: Rod Campbell

Publisher: Little Simon (1982)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description:

I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me an...

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?


Why We Love It:

  • Simple, short text

  • Unique flap on every page

  • Teaches babies and toddlers to recognize zoo animals

  • Thick, sturdy pages




How Does Baby Feel?

By: Karen Katz

Publisher: Little Simon (2013)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Baby feels happy, sleepy, hungry, and more in this delightful Karen Katz lift-the-flap board book!


Baby wants milk and and crackers.

How does Baby feel?

Hungry!


There are so many feelings that Baby can have! Little ones can lift the flaps to find Baby experiencing a range of emotions.


Why We Love It:

  • Simple, short text that allows for participation and sound effects

  • Simple, bright illustrations

  • Large flap on every page

  • Teaches babies and toddlers about common emotions in a way they can understand



Nolan's Picks: Touchy-Feely Books


That's not my puppy...

Written By: Fiona Watt

Illustrated By: Rachel Wells

Publisher: Usborne Publishing (1999)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The colorful pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the textures.


Why We Love It:

  • Simple, short text

  • Interesting textures on every page

  • Several versions available (the dinosaur version is also very good!)




Never touch A tiger!

Illustrated By: Stuart Lynch

Publisher: Make Believe Ideas Ltd. (2020)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: You must NEVER touch a tiger...except in this book! The jungle animals are a noisy bunch, and they love to go wild! Join the party in this funny rhyming book, and have fun touching the bumpy creatures...if you dare!


Why We Love It:

  • Interesting rhyming text

  • Bold textures on every page (Nolan loves the tiger's stripes on the cover! 😊)

  • Several versions available




Poke-A-Dot! The Wheels on the Bus Wild Safari

Publisher: Melissa & Doug, LLC (2019)

Recommended Ages: 0+


Book Description: Using irresistible click-to-count buttons, kids will love counting animals on a wild safari tour!


Why We Love It:

  • Text can be sung to the tune of The Wheels On The Bus

  • Includes plastic bubbles for kids to pop on every page

  • Teaches kids how to count to 10

  • Teaches babies and toddlers to recognize wild animals

  • Several versions available

  • Sturdy books with heavy-duty cardboard pages


 

Avery's Picks: Picture Books

(Avery is 5 years old and is an avid reader.)


The Very Impatient Caterpillar

By: Ross Burach

Publisher: Scholastic Press (2019)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description: Ross Burach's clever sendup of every child's biggest challenge - being patient! - will make you flutter with glee, while also providing a tongue-in-cheek tutorial on metamorphosis.


Why We Love It:

  • It's funny!

  • Addresses learning to be patient

  • Teaches kids about the science of metamorphosis




The HICCUPotamus

By: Aaron Zenz

Publisher: Two Lions (2005)

Recommended Ages: 3+


Book Description:

Hic! Hic! Hic!

There was a hippopotamus

who hiccuped quite-a-lotamus,

and every time he got'emus...

...he'd fall upon his bottomus.


A hippopotamus gets a bad case of the hiccups and it causes quite a calamity!


Why We Love It:

  • It's funny!

  • Language is very interesting and fun...unlike any other book we've read.

  • Bold, bright illustrations

  • Includes a description of each character casted for the book, which is cute and clever