Books for Babies and Toddlers

Books for Babies & Toddlers

The books for babies and toddlers featured in this post were provided by DK Publishing. All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always.

I think reading to kids is is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do for them during those first few years.  Well before we planned to homeschool, we read to Bryson and Bella as babies.  Now, we have hundred of books for babies and toddlers on up through preschool and we recently began attending story-time at our local library.

Books for Babies and Toddlers

When I received the books for babies and toddlers in this post, I knew that I had to share them with you all. We love receiving books as gifts so I think these would be perfect for a baby shower! You’ll notice that each books allows little ones to touch and feel as they flip through and that creates a wonderful sensory experience. Each board book is sturdy and well made- perfect for babies who will inevitably find a way to introduce the books to their mouth. Bella (2.5) loves all of these books and asks for one each night as she drifts off to sleep. She has the Sophie books memorized and can “read” them to me.

Feel & Find Fun: Baby Animals

Whether it’s a kitten with a shiny foil collar, a puppy with soft fur, safari baby animals with patterned coats, or farm animals in sticky mud, toddlers will love using the large textured tabs to find the corresponding tactile pictures in this touch-and-feel book.

Next up are two books featuring the popular Sophie the Giraffe teether toy.  These are Bella’s current favorite books and we’ve never even owned a Sophie toy.  I can see these Sophie the giraffe books (there are 2 other Sophie books not pictured, so a total of 4 available) paired with the teething toy wrapped in a pretty gift basket for a new mama.

Sophie La Girafe: Peekaboo Sophie!

With fun flaps that open to reveal colorful pictures of Sophie la girafe and her friends, Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! invites children to their favorite game of peekaboo with their favorite toy.

Featuring simple text that encourages parent-child interaction, baby-appropriate touch-and-feel elements, and large appealing flaps for little hands to flip, this volume is a great opportunity to introduce babies to books, and to develop imagination, thinking, and memory skills.

Sophie’s Busy Day

Baby Touch and Feel: Sophie la girafe: Sophie’s Busy Day is an engaging touch-and-feel introduction to the world of Sophie la girafe.

Babies will love exploring and discovering different textures — from bumpy, scaly, sticky, and shiny — as Sophie la girafe interacts with them on the page, making this a perfect way for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and young minds to develop.


Books for Babies and Toddlers

What are some of your favorite books for babies and toddlers? Do you give books as a gift for baby?

Dream Big – Items that Inspire

Dream Big Print

We read “It’s a Big World, Little Pig!” over breakfast last week and it was such a fantastic book that it inspired this post.  I searched the web for some of my favorite products that inspire you to not only dream, but dream BIG.  I’ve rounded them up and hope you enjoy.  You can click on the photo or the link below each photo to be taken straight to the product.


 It's a Big World, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi


It’s a Big World, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi – $6.80

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on. She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo. Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are all the same at heart. They all smile in the same language!

Dream Big Necklace from The Vintage PearlDream Big Necklace from The Vintage Pearl – $48

A hand-sculpted sterling silver cloud charm is hammered a bit on one side with “dream BIG” handstamped on the back.
Hung on a sterling silver chain with a freshwater pearl.



Dream Big Print


8×10 Dream Big Print by STELLAandHODGE – $18


  Artwork is 8×10, perfect for matting and framing. Printed on a 8.5×11 sheet of high quality, heavy, acid-free, archival paper. And printed with fade resistant hi-definition inks.  Available in 6 colors- aqua, salmon, grape, avocado, lemon, and orange.

Dream Big Bookends - Pottery Barn


Dream Big Word Bookends from PB Teen – $49



Dream Big Mug



Dream BIG Mug by CafePress – $18



Dream Big Wall Decals - Lot 26 Studio


Dream Big Wall Decals by Lot 26 Studio – $19.99

  • Includes 11 mirror finish word and bird wall decals
  • Complete application instructions and decorating ideas video included
  • Quick and easy to remove when you re-decorate

Do you have a favorite item that inspires you to dream big?


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Fun New Reads – Healthy Food from A to Z & The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth Childrens Book

I have two new books to share with y’all today!  We are constantly expanding our little library with great reads.  Our newest finds are Healthy Foods from A to Z which was just published in September 2012 and The Labyrinth which was published in August 2012.  Both books are hardcover and retail for $15.95 although you’ll usually find them cheaper at


Healthy Foods from A to Z

 Helping children learn about healthy foods as well as their ABCs this bilingual picture book in English and Spanish features colorful photographs of engaging faces made of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and soy products. A sample sketch with instructions, followed by additional suggested activities, helps children create their own food faces and connect with peers and teachers. An informative section for parents highlights the nutritional value of 70 foods illustrated in the book. The interactive pages and charming illustrations by well-known food photographer Renée Comet will invite children to visit the book over and over again.

Healthy Food from A to Z

While this book is for ages 3 & up, I honestly think it’s as useful for me as it is the kids.  My husband and I flipped through it together and were amazed at the selection of healthy foods.  Not only that, but I love that each page features a face made of food which gives me so many ideas for fun food presentation.  The back of the books lists 70 different foods with facts and benefits of each one.  It’s VERY helpful  for me and I believe Healthy Foods from A to Z will get as much use by me in the kitchen as it will by the kids!

The Labyrinth Childrens Book

Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to become involved in the concepts presented.

Princess Belinda Bean has just been given the throne by her elderly father. She is now the Queen and the Ruler of Beandom. Everyone is happy about this except the jealous Mean ol’ Bean who wants to be the King and Ruler. Mean ol’ Bean lures Belinda into a magic labyrinth from which he believes there is no escape. However, L. Joe Bean, the Wiseman of Beandom, discovers the plot. Will he be able to save his Queen? What will happen to Mean ol’ Bean?

This is the first book we’ve read from the Lima Bear Stories series, but I’m sure it won’t be the last.  The illustrations are cute, colorful, and capture the attention of kids.  I always love a story with a true message and The Labyrinth carries a wonderful message about forgiveness.  As a parent and someone who enjoys teaching my children, I appreciated the discussion prompts and activities included at the back of this book.  The discussion ideas are for before, during, and after reading.  I also love the catchy rhyme that is part of the story!  Rhyming make reading more fun, because the kids catch on quickly and start reciting it with me.

Do you have a fun reads to share?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

We received both book for review.  All thoughts & opinions remain my own, as always.