Hello! I'm Jessica, a wife and adoptive mom to 3 little ones. I write about adoption, crafts, faith, and life's little and big adventures over at Sweet Little Ones. I'm so excited to be a part of Whitney's series about all things little boys to celebrate the arrival of Fletcher into her sweet family!
We are big time book lovers in our family. Every shelf is full of books at our house, and we typically have 30 or more books checked out at the library at a time. So we thought the perfect way to welcome Fletcher would be to share with him our all-time favorite books!
It was hard to narrow it down, but here are our top 20 favorite picture books for boys (and girls too!):
Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell
This is one of our family's all time favorite books (and authors). The illustrations and rhymes are so fun and unique! You should definitely check out the rest of her transportation books too - they are fabulous!
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
The power of kindness - especially to those who aren't nice to you.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The classic story of Mike and his steam shovel Mary Anne. They are being put out of work by the new modern shovels. How will this old pair find a way to keep working and stay together?
The Three Little Gators by Helen Ketteman
A fun and silly twist on the story of The Three Little Pigs. This one is a fave and always gets us giggling!
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The classic story of how a shy bull who likes to sniff flowers ends up in a bull fight. Our kids' #1 fave book.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen
Our kids especially love to act this one out and really play like they're hunting for the bear!
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Learning colors with trains. It's so simple, but picture perfect.
Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Plourde
Who will save the day when all the animals are stuck in the mud blocking the road? This silly book gets lots of laughs every time.
Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman
Counting construction projects with Mr. Rally and his dog Lightning.
Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist
The story of how a "too nice" pirate saves the day.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
So many fun and interesting sounds - and of course, rhymes!
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The classic story of a little train that teaches us to never give up.
The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin
A police chase of a runaway hotel red carpet! But where is the carpet going?
The Eyes Game by Hervé Tullet
Every page of this board book turns into a silly mask for your little one. A great book to read and play with.
Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails by Verla Kay
This rhyming book follows a pioneer family's fun and hard adventure as they head out West. This book is a new find for our family. This author has several rhyming historical books for kids, and every single one we've read so far has been awesome!
The Franklin Book Series by Paulette Bourgeois
We love Franklin! He is always learning to be a good and kind turtle with the help of his loving parents, neighbors, and friends.
Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Animals made out of lots of little letters. Letters made into images. This is such a fun learning tool for teaching your child the alphabet!
Spicy Hot Colors: Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan
Learning colors in English and Spanish through bright colors, a vibrant culture, and fun rhymes!
20 Hungry Piggies: A Numbers Book by Trudy Harris
A silly twist on the nursery rhyme This Little Piggy. Count the piggies and find the hidden number and hidden wolf on every page! How will the Piggies escape the wolf? A big fave at our house.
And last, but certainly not least:
Let's Go Irish! by Aimee Aryal
Hey, this list is for Whitney (and she and I met through our love of the Irish!) so of course, I had to add a book about Notre Dame! The leprechaun takes you on a tour around Notre Dame's campus on a football game day. It's the perfect book for a new little Fighting Irish fan!
(This author has many books on different teams (pro and college) and sports (basketball, football, baseball) so click here to see if she's written about your favorite team!)
What are your favorite children's books, especially for boys? Please share in the comments! (I can't wait to add your faves to our library list!)