When we were planning Natalie’s first birthday, the memories of celebrating with our family and friends were sure to be great, but we didn’t want any of them to feel obligated to bring her a gift. And, I didn’t want any more toys ;) Instead, we gave our guests the option to opt out of bringing a gift, as well as a suggestion if they chose to.
I drew back on a phrase I saw months ago and added a simple note to the bottom of her party invitations: If you’d like to bring a gift, please consider a book to expand Natalie’s library. It was the perfect add-on to her bunny tea party themed invitations! Zack and I both love to read, whether it be articles/advice or leisurely books, and in the past six months we’ve seeing the kids take a big interest to it, too. In fact, Natalie will busy herself for a good 20 minutes with a basket of books. And then there’s Mr. Max, who is my little couch reading buddy.
Here are our 12 favorite kids books:
Playtown (a lift-the-flap book)
A Madeline Treasury (I was obsessed with Madeline as a little girl)
The Secret Garden (BabyLit)
There are so many ways to “play” with books with your children. Sometimes we play hide & seek with the pictures, or I point out the colors on each page. Everything is either BLUE! or ORANGE!, but we’ll get there ;) Also, Max is starting to remember the details of each story, and it’s seriously amazing listening to him describe what’s going on on each page. Other times we make up a totally new story than the one typed on the page.
Books are easy to share, easy to bring in the diaper bag, and are full of inspiration & creativity. What are some favorite kids books in your home?
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PS. a list of MY 12 favorite books (hooray for book club!)