Our evening routine looks something like this. Chris bathes the kids while I clean up downstairs (and let’s be honest, I might scroll through Instagram for two minutes without any interruptions. Hallelujah!) Then we each take a kid to get ready for bed. After teeth have been brushed, hair combed, and jammies put on–the kids and I head into Nash’s room to read a few board books before bed. After we’re done, Arden turns on Nash’s white noise, turns off the light, and leaves me to sing to him for a minute before putting him in bed. I love this routine and always look forward to those few minutes of the day where we’re all squeezed in the same chair, and everyone is happy about it. However, Nash definitely has a book length limit. We’ve got a rotation of about 20 board books that he’ll sit still for–which is great, but I feel like Arden has been missing out on the “bigger kid” books. So lately I’ve asked her to pick out a couple during nap/rest time that just the two of us can read together. And wow, I’ve missed these books!
I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of some of our favorites. A few were gifts, and others I purchased after seeing them recommended somewhere just like this.
1. The Wonderful Things You Will Be – This was a gift from Arden’s grandma (she always picks great books), and I think I love the illustrations almost as much as I love the message of the book. It just makes you happy…and sometimes a little teary.
3. Robo-Sauce – This one is from the same authors at Dragons Love Tacos, and equally as entertaining. Only this one has a special surprise: the book itself turns into a robot 😉
4. Uni the Unicorn – I’m pretty sure Arden would love any book about a unicorn, but this one is especially sweet because it’s about a unicorn who believes little girls are real.
6. Stuck – I’m not going to lie, this book frustrates me a little bit. I mean, there’s no way a tree could hold a cruise ship! But it makes Arden laugh so hard, which is what matters most.
7. The Odd One Out – This is the coolest search-and-find book I’ve ever seen. Each page has a pattern of a different animal, and the kids have to find the one that’s not like the rest. I love watching Arden’s little mind at work as she searches for the odd one out.
I’d love to hear what your favorite big kid books are…especially with my little book worm’s birthday coming up next month.