I never say no to books. I remember growing up and anytime we went to bookstore or library I could have whatever I wanted. A lot of those books still stick with me and mom saved them or found new versions for my kids.
With that being said, I really go crazy on books for Christmas. We have made the decision to cut a majority of tv for our toddler. I’m not against tv, I actually wish we didn’t have to do this, but he’s just one of those kids who is greatly affected by screen time. In the last week of cutting it out, we have already seen a huge difference in his attention span, emotional state and mood. So for Christmas, you better believe Santa and mom and dad are loading the tree with things to read. I know there’s a lot to choose from on Amazon, so here are my favorites over the years!
- My Brother Otto by Meg Raby
This book is a book we will keep in our house and read for years to come. It is the most gentle way of sort of presenting autism to your kids so they can understand a little bit and maybe become an advocate for some kiddos who really need it. The last page had me in tears and then I was really in a puddle when my 3 year old said “some kids are different, ok mama”. Buy and love it.
- Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey (and all other Pig the Pug books)
We talk about Aaron Blabey’s books alot, but they are just so hilarious and fun and not too long. Load up on all the Pig the Pug books for gifts. Great for all ages.
- The Butt Book by Artie Bennett
This book was given to us and at first I rolled my eyes and said “heck no we are not reading this”. Well we did and it’s nothing like you would expect. Basically, it hits on the fact that we are all different because we have different butts. Add this in with “My Brother Otto” and you are teaching some adorable and hilarious lessons without the kids even knowing!
- The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz
Frank’s favorite book. Cute, silly and creative.
- Never Feed a Yeti Spaghetti
Another great book gifted to us. I think there are like 20 books in this series so you can buy a set and collect them as you go. My 3 year old and 1 year old love the sensory addition with these books!
- Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Another Blabey book, but with a different story line than the Pug books. I love this book and it’s silly way of teaching kids that being famous, popular, etc. is probably not all that it’s cracked up to be.
I would love to hear your favorite books! Leave in the comments!
This is gift guide #4 this year! If you missed the other two then check them out here:
Personalized Gifts for Kids
Gifts for Her