With the impending move into the RV later this month we had to downsize drastically. Everything from kitchen stuff to toys had to be downsized. I had to go through all of our books and decided which ones we were keeping and what we were donating. As homeschoolers books are super important in our house. We go to the library on an almost weekly basis. We read for several hours most days. It was pretty easy to downsizes the older kid books and chose what to keep.
However, it was much harder to downsizes the board book collection. I am not a big fan of checking out board books from the library; mostly because of a germ factor. Knowing that babies and toddlers like to slobber and chew on the books I just prefer to have our own books that I know only my kids mouths have been on! Given that I read these books to our baby on a daily basis I wanted to have good reading worthy books; not silly dull “this is green” “this is red” type books. Sure, having a few books like that are nice to teach colors, etc but I would much rather a good story! So, without further ado here is the 20 books that made the cut.
- So Many Bunnies Board Book: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book by Rick Walton
- Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
- Over There by Dorinda Silver Williams (we have the daddy version)
- My Very First Bible Stories Our Father by Lois Rock
- How Much Is That Doggie in the Window by Iza Trapani
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
- Usborne’s That’s not My Snowman (Touchy-feely book)
- Little Big Flaps Dinosaurs by Charles Reasoner
- The Saving Name of God the Son by Jean Ann Sharpe
- Santa’s Prayer by Mary Lou Andes
- The Saints Are Watching Over Me by Tiny Saints (This is actually a Christmas present!)
- Baby Einstein’s First Words by Disney book group
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by
When picking out books I wanted to meet several different criteria. For example I wanted several interactive type books. So, we kept one touch-in-feel book and one lift the flaps book. I kept Over There by Dorinda Silver Williams because it was an invaluable book when my husband was deployed. We read it multiple times a day. It isn’t in print anymore and I didn’t want to worry about having to replace it if my husband deploys again while William is a little guy. I kept Baby Einstein’s First Words not because it’s a great literature but it’s been invaluable in helping Antonio work on his speech.