Baby Essentials: Books

We love books, so naturally Sophie has a well-stocked library full of both classic kids books and some new favorites. In fact, I should probably go ahead and amend this post with a “Part 1,” because I’m sure this is just the first of many book posts. Sophie is at a stage where she loves to “read” books; she’ll crawl into our laps with a book in hand or grab a book from a nearby stack and start flipping through the pages. Here are a few of the books we’re currently enjoying the most!


1. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 2. The Gift of Nothing; 3. But Not the Hippopotamus; 4. Good Night, Gorilla; 5. Where the Wild Things Are; 6. That’s Not My Monkey

Sophie recently discovered how to press buttons, so the Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? sound book is probably her most favorite book right now. She seems to love the peacock and zookeeper whistle in particular! If you aren’t already familiar with author Patrick McDonnell, his books are the sweetest things ever. The Gift of Nothing is a pre-Sophie favorite.

Author Sandra Boynton is a prolific writer and we have approximately a zillion of her books, so it was hard to pick a particular favorite. They’re the perfect length for young attention spans and are really fun to read. I’m particularly fond of the twist ending of But Not The Hippopotamus, but we’re equally fond of Doggies, Moo Baa La La La, and the Going to Bed Book. And duh, of course we have Where the Wild Things Are… but seriously? Sophie goes crazy with excitement when we act out the wild rumpus! The happy squeals and grunts are reason enough to read this book over, and over, and over again.

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