Once a week during the summer my mother would take my sisters and I to the library where we would spend hours pursuing the library shelves hunting for the next book to take home and read. This was one of my favorite summer traditions that I’ve continued with my small family. Though we don’t stay all day at the library- I’ll give my kiddies some time to grow. It’s exciting to see my library of children’s books grow and now my older kiddies are book worms. YES! #momwin
Today on the blog I’m sharing 0-3 boy books from my library. You’ll see board books with taped spines that are nearly falling apart because we’ve read them so often. Books- that make us giggle, educational books, books that teach great values and books that are purely entertaining. I can’t wait to share with you our favorite books, authors and of course- boy themed books perfect for little ones too… so let’s begin!
Disclaimer- ***Three books were gifted to me by “Make Believe Ideas” a new publisher I discovered this year- and we genuinely LOVE all of the books we’ve read! Three other books were gifted to us by Courtney an Usborne distributor and then… I recently took my book obsession to a whole other level and joined their book nerd group! 😀 Some of these books I discovered at the library or Target (oh my Lanta!) and are on my “need to buy list” All the rest of the books in this blog post are from my humble and growing library collection.***
Touch and Feel Books:
Make Believe Ideas Book Library
My son’s 1st birthday was around the corner and I was looking for a “touch and feel” book to gift him. I discovered the: “Never Touch a ….” book series at Target and I couldn’t put these darling books down! I walked away the day purchasing the “Never Touch a Monster” book and that’s where the obsession with Make Believe Ideas book publishing company began. (Ps- this Fall the CUTEST books are coming out- I can’t wait to get my hands on these. “Would you Ever Pet a Platypus” looks sooo stink’n darling featuring God’s funniest creatures.
Since March we have read and re-read “Never Touch a Monster” twice a day- we can officially recite the book! “Mr. Snail’s Counting Trail” is the perfect finger tracing board book for little ones. We love this one too.
We have since added these sponsored Make Believe Ideas books to our library: Never Feed a Shark, The Mystery of the Missing Cheese, and Never Touch a Dragon– all of these have thick touch and feel sections on each page of the book. These darling interactive books with touch and feel pages- keep little ones entertained and happy to continue reading past the first page. I found that my 18-month-old enjoyed the Shark and Dragon book more than the Missing Cheese book- because the touch and feel sections were larger.
You can purchase any of the Make Believe Ideas books through their site, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, and I’ve even found some books at Ross too!
Usborne Touch and Feel:
“All better” and “Kisses, Cuddles and Goodnight” (sponsored) are both darling books with reusable stickers that correlate with the book you’re reading! We have owned “All better” for over six years and yes- the stickers still stick! Just rinse them off, let them air dry and they’re ready to use again! We just received this sponsored kisses book- but it is already a favorite book of my 18-month-old. He loves kissing the animals in the book, giving them their stuffy and reapplying the stuffy once more. Both books, “All Better” and “Kisses, Cuddles and Goodnight” have darling storylines and truly fun books too!
“Peek Inside Animal Homes” – this is a great book teaching about different kinds of animals and the homes they live in. This book has plenty of lift and flap books, but when reading with my little boys I need to help them lift the flaps. (I don’t like it when those flaps get bent!) My boys like fitting their fingers in the little hole/homes- plus it keeps the kiddies engaged in the book longer too! (there are several “Peek inside” books in this series check them out here.)
“Are You There Little Fox?” another fun book that has a thick line for baby to trace their finger around the pages and holes to stick the fingers through the pages while searching for the elusive fox. My 18-month-old doesn’t like listening to the story but spends the most time tracing his fingers through each page of this book. This book comes from an entire set of similar books- check them out here.
Dino Themed books:
If your little one loves dinos then these are great books!
Have you read the “Dinosaur VS” book series- My goodness we love the Christmas version. The story is short and cute, with darling pictures too. Can’t wait to collect more of these dino books!
Dino– (Usborne) Lift and Look book teaching all about the dinos with some fun quests along the way!
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur– (Sponsored Usborne book) darling rhyming book all about a dino that doesn’t like to get clean… sound like anyone familiar? A book about dinos with darling rhyming is the perfect addition to your library.
Roar– (Make Believe Ideas) this book has lots of indents in the pages that my 18-month-old loves tracing his finger through the grooves while counting to five through the pages.
Dave Pilkey Books:
If you are looking for the most boy relate-able books- you need to get your hands on these darling David books. Shannon wrote several Diaper David books- David Smells, Oh David! and Oops! all three are favorites-The The “Oops” book with two words a page was the first book my little man could recite! He wrote other David books like: “David goes to school”, “No! David”, and “David gets in Trouble”. You can grab all three here. We love these books and will share in-depth more on another post for older kids.
“Nibbles“- (Usborne) This book is such a fun and interactive books about the cutest little monster you need to catch as he “eats” through other books In your book! My kiddies and I love reading this book together and racing to the end to catch the monster…
“There a Monster in your Book” this book is just like “There is a Dragon in my book” each book is interactive, imaginative and a great story with a problem that only the reader can solve. My kiddies and I laughed reading both books.
“Never Touch a Monster“- (Make Believe Ideas) Touch and Feel book is perfect for little hands. Bright colors, thick, big sections and different textures- 18-month-old loves this book.
“Dragons are Real” – if you have a dragon reader in your home- they’ll love learning what dragons are made of and more about their personality.
“When a Dragon Moves In“- is so stink’n cute. Letting a little boy’s imagination roam with a dragon living in his sandcastle while playing at the beach with his family. How will his family ever believe this story?
“When a Dragon moves in again” was exceptionally cute. If a new sibling will be added to your family- and soon-to-be older sibling likes Dragon- this is the perfect book for you!
“There’s a Dragon in My Book” this book has recently made it on my “must buy” list. Oh my goodness the illustrations are adorable and not to mention interactive with the reader using their imagination to solve the problems the dragon causes in the book. This book is a must for little boys! My kiddies and I giggled a bunch reading this book.
“Never Touch a Dragon”– (Make Believe Ideas) as mentioned before- this touch and feel book is a must for little hands. Bright colors, thick, big sections and different textures- great story we read every day- and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.
“Dragon’s Post”– one of a kind (Usborne) book. This book is so fun! The darling storyline of a boy that finds a dragon living in his basement, but he doesn’t know to raise a dragon. So he sends off a few letters for advice, and there are actual letters for the reader to pull out! My boys loved pulling letters out of the envelopes. **Warning- monitor reading with this book or else envelopes can tare!
Super Hero books:
If you know me personally- you know our family is kind of obsessed with superheroes- all kinds. Our family loves Marvel characters- this new book “Night, Night Groot” is one of our favorite books to read at bedtime. The last ten years Disney has taken the best of the Marvel comic stories and made the coolest movies! If you have a superhero lover in your family- you need to add these books to your library asap.
Marvel Books We Love:
“Marvel Alpha Block“- if you have watched any of the Marvel movies- this DARLING and totally awesome board book is short and stout (downside) but- the illustrations are beautiful, lists alll the Marvel characters in Alphabetic order and- and- there are several hidden characters placed throughout the book so once you’ve finished the book, start over! I love, love these kinds of books- these illustrators make re-reading a book enjoyable. There is always something awesome to discover.
“Grow- Up Antman!” Antman is a little mischievous and sometimes likes to show off how tall he can grow, and how little he can be. It’s up to his daughter Cassie to help him see- it’s “time to grow up.”
“Night- Night Groot!” Baby Groot is getting ready for bed, but his best friend Rocket thinks there are more important things to do than sleep! Follow along in their last-minute adventures and try to identify the guest characters and find the hidden characters too!
“First Day of Groot” (not available as a board book yet!)- not going to lie- it’s a cute book, but not as cute or read as often as “Night- Night Groot”. Though this book is still cute visiting the Marvel characters while preparing for school. Perfect for an anxious child to read another Marvel themed book.
I also found this cool Marvel coloring/doodling book that’s perfect for the superhero that likes to color.
But we can’t play favorites: here are some excellent DC universe books:
“Bedtime for Batman“- the book that started the obsession of superhero board books- the parallels between a little boy getting ready for bed and batman are unmistakable as both prepare for an adventure.
“Morning Superman”– maybe we like Batman more than Superman, but this book isn’t read as often as Bedtime for Batman- this book shares beautiful illustrations as a little boy and Superman share parallel ways of getting ready for a day of adventure.
“ABC and 123” Another fantastic introduction to many of the beloved DC universe characters. Not only do you learn some obscure names of the characters, but learn about some of their abilities too. Great into to the DC universe for young ones.
More Boy-themed books you need:
Mustache baby– if you haven’t read this book to your child- you need to asap. A baby is born with a mustache and what does that mean? Is he good? Or is he bad. A darling, relate-able book. I *just discovered there are three other books in this series!!! We’ll have to add: “Mustache baby Meets his Match“, “Arr, Mustache Baby” and “A Mustache Baby Christmas” to our must-check-out list!
Phew- this list ended up being bigger than I originally set it out to be. Good heavens. If you read the entire article- well done! If I didn’t cover or give an opinion about one of the books posted- ask! I love, love, chatting about books!
Did we miss any 0-3 little boy books that you love in your family? Add them below, I’ll check them out and update our growing list!
Thanks for being here friends and happy reading!