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Our Favorite Kids’ Books: Part 3

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe reads one of their favorite kids books

My kids have always loved reading—and it’s still a big part of our daily routine as a family.  Recently we’ve been discovering lots of new books, and discovering some old faves again that were in storage for a few months! I thought it was perfect timing to fill you guys in on the books Marlowe and Major are super in to at the moment.  Major is still really into board books, but Marlowe has started craving books and stories that have more of a high-concept approach and a greater story arch.

Marlowe’s fave right now is My Great Aunt Arizona, and Major’s most favorite is One Was Johnny—which is kind of a bizarre book if I’m being honest.  But he can’t get enough! LOL. Also, I’ve loved Maurice Sendak since I was a kid, so it’s definitely a nostalgic one for me.  Just click below to shop!

And please let me know some of your current fave kids’ books in the comments below…

One Was Johnny: A Counting Book

by Maurice Sendak

‘One was Johnny — but that’s not all, count all the others who came to call.’

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

All little dinosaurs love to get presents, and this new board book will be an immediate favorite. From birthday hats to Ceratosaurus-sized cakes, America’s young readers will laugh out loud as the celebration moves from “bad” birthday behavior to just the right amount of silliness and sharing. Bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have created the perfect introduction to birthday parties, with the same beloved humor and warmth of all their previous bestselling “How Do Dinosaurs” books.

What Do You Do With a Problem?

by Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom

What Do You Do With a Problem? is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It’s a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it’s here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem… and yourself.

Little Blue Truck's Springtime

by Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry

Beep! Beep! Little Blue Truck is out for a ride with his good friend Toad. The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming—it’s a beautiful spring day! Who will they see along the way? Open the flaps to meet all of the sweet baby animals just born on the farm. Peep! Peep!

Maverick and Me

by Katherine Schwarzenegger & Phyllis Harris

In the heartwarming story of Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind-hearted stranger after being dumped on the side of the road. The little puppy’s luck takes a turn for the better when young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick’s story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for. Each year, millions of dogs find themselves in shelters and with animal rescues through no fault of their own. Maverick will help teach children about these dogs and empower even young readers to advocate for shelter pups.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

by Fred Rogers & Luke Flowers

From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.

Secret Pizza Party

by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What’s a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!

My Great-Aunt Arizona

by Gloria Houston & Susan Condie Lamb

Reminiscent of the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, My Great-Aunt Arizona is an inspiring tale rich with history, family, and artistry. Based on a true story, author Gloria Houston’s joyous recounting of her great-aunt Arizona’s quiet yet meaningful life reminds us of the special place a great teacher can hold in our hearts—even after we’ve grown up.

Sloth Slept On

by Frann Preston-Gannon

Who’s that sleeping in our tree? When a group of kids finds an animal happily napping in their backyard, they set out to discover what it is and where it belongs. As they search and search—never noticing all the posters and news articles about a sloth that’s broken out of the zoo—they finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature. And when sloth wakes up, it’s in for a BIG surprise! Frann Preston-Gannon has created an endearing, adorable, and huggable title character; a group of intrepid children; and a wildly humorous situation that will appeal to young readers.

Happily Eva After, Inc. © 2019 All Rights Reserved

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  1. Amanda says:

    LOVE children’s books. I just ordered the Mr. Rogers book. One of our favorites right now is The Wonky Donkey. It is a strange yet hilarious book both my four year old and eleven year old always want me to read.
    https://www.amazon.com/Wonky-Donkey-Craig-Smith/dp/0545261244/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?crid=2P48RK38UZVNB&keywords=the+wonky+donkey+children%27s+book&qid=1556133897&s=gateway&sprefix=the+wonky+do&sr=8-2

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  2. Nathalie says:

    Just read Ducks Vacation to my 5 year old. Hilarious, he loved it!

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  3. Nurse says:

    ♡ “it’s about a little bird”

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  4. Irina Visan says:

    What do you think about the dr Seuss books? When I traveled to UK I found one (the cat in the hat) at an antique store and had to buy it for my future children lol. And I think it’s hilarious. I also found a Winnie the Pooh one and a Peter Rabbit and had to hav them.

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  5. Trixie says:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    The Snowy Day
    Corduroy
    anything from Rhoald Dahl collection
    anything from Shel Silverstein
    Amelia Bedelia
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    The Little Princess
    The Secret Garden
    💚💛💗❤💜🖤💙🧡

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  6. SArah says:

    Recently I’ve been wanting someone to have a whole blog devoted to this! There are sooooo many amazing kids books in all styles and themes and I am a bit obsessed with finding the right combination of a good story, good message, and beautiful illustrations to call our favorites! My 5yo loves folk tales and fairy tales whichever i’ve also been having a lot of fun with, but I feel like I get to really delve into the search for cute books again now that my 2yo is also loving books! They both LOVE animals.

    Some of our favorites are anything by Jan Brett, especially Annie and the Wild Animals; literally every Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler book; Barbara Reid’s Two By Two, Amy Dixon’s Sophie’s Animal Parade, David McPhail’s Edward in the Jungle, and classics like Dr. Seuss and Curious George.

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