These heart-warming stories are great for snuggling up with a book.
All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham (Toddler)
Parents and caregivers share an unbreakable bond with their children. In this story, a mother recounts all of the things she loves about her son, from his laugh to the way his hair sticks up in the morning, and even the messes he makes. While grown-ups might like this book a bit more than children, it’s still a good opportunity to share all of the little things you love about your own child. ▸ Get it at the Library
Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon (Infant, Toddler)
For those who read the book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA comes this adorable follow-up. While your baby’s first word may be “dada”, everything else could be “mama”, despite best efforts to the contrary. With simple text and colorful illustrations, this book will please the youngest crowd and the message at the end will please the grown-ups. ▸ Get it at the Library
Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer (Preschool)
This fun rhyming book shows us a little girl with big style. Mary is all about using accessories to help her classmates (who look awfully familiar to other Mother Goose characters…) to discover their own inner beauty. Recommended for fans of Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. ▸ Get it at the Library
Perfect Square by Michael Hall (Toddler, Preschool)
A lovely combination of color, texture, and child-friendiness, this book shows us a square, a perfect square. It has four sides and four corners and it’s perfectly happy… until someone cuts little pieces out of it. But the square rises to the challenges presented and finds a way to happiness again. ▸ Get it at the Library
Pearl by Molly Idle (Preschool)
This gorgeously illustrated picture book about a young mermaid is a modern day fable about what it means to be patient and that even the smallest actions we take can have far-reaching consequences. Grownups, take a close look at those illustrations. If you look hard, you might find little mermaids in places that you didn’t notice were there before. This book is destined to become a favorite! ▸ Get it at the Library
Egg by Kevin Henkes (Infant, Toddler)
Egg is a simple story, presented in a graphic novel-type format. There are four brightly colored eggs and one by one they begin to hatch into brightly colored birds except for the last, green egg. When it finally does hatch, the birds are in for a bit of a surprise. Don’t be fooled by the sparse text and modest illustrations: this book is more than just simply a story of waiting. This is a book that little ones can enjoy again and again. ▸ Get it at the Library
These resources were recommended by Samantha Blanquart, an Early Literacy Outreach Librarian with Ready to Read Resource Center. Visit their website for more info about early literacy or to check out one of their reading kits for young children.
Imagination Library Picks:
I Love You, Spot by Eric Hill (Preschool)
It’s Valentine’s Day! Join Spot as he plans a special surprise to show his mom just how much he loves her. This heart-shaped board book is just right for little hands and big hearts.
I Love My Daddy Because… by Laurel Porter Gaylord (Infant, Toddler)
This book begins with a heartwarming scene between a human parent and child, but moves on to loving care in many animal families. “He sings me songs,” says a gray wolf cub. “He keeps me safe and warm,” says a young penguin. Children will love reading about how baby animals spend time with their dads. ▸ Get it at the Library
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