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giveaway week {flitty,twitty, and itty bitty}

Levi and I LOVE to read.

One of the best things about being a kindergarten teacher (besides the kids of course) was all the books I got to read everyday. I have always loved children’s books. 

As Levi gets older it has been so fun to share some of those books with him and read new ones that even his mama hasn’t heard before. It is funny how Levi picks his favorites. Every few weeks it seems like he has three or four favorites that he wants to read over and over and over…and then in a few weeks he has new favorites that he wants to read over and over and over. Joel and I are thankful that his favorites change…you can only read the same book over and over and over so many times. 🙂

These are his favorites right now:
Otis by Loren Long
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
Thank You, God by PK Hallinan
No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli (a silly book, but he LOVES it)
I’m sure in a few weeks he will have a new list of favorites.
Last week we were given two new books. How exciting! The author of these books, Mary Ellen Tippin, is a friend of my family. In fact my family was introduced to the Tippins when we first moved to the area many, many years ago. Mary Ellen and my mom have been best buddies ever since.
These two books are about three little birds–Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty–and their birdie family. They are a little long for Levi’s age, but I was actually surprised how they held his attention. I only had to paraphrase a few pages because he was ready to move on. 🙂 He loved the birdies and was always looking for the nest in the illustrations. My nephew and niece are almost 3 and 5 and they love these books. They ask to read them whenever they go to Grammy’s house. I think in a few months Levi will love them too…maybe they will even make his list of favorites.
What I really like about these books is that they allow you to talk about God to your children and how he cares so much about every part of our lives…He even cares about the little birdies. Flitty, Twitty and Itty Bitty is based off of these verses:
Not one little birdie will fall to the ground without your Heavenly Father knowing all about it. So why should you be afraid? You are even more valuable to God then birdies.
Matthew 10:29 and 31
Here is an overview of Flitty, Twitty and Itty Bitty from Mary Ellen’s website:
Does anyone really care what happens to baby birdies? God does. If God cares about baby birdies we can be sure He cares about each of us, too! The Birdie Family: Papa, Mama, Flitty, Twitty, and little Itty Bitty find out God is watching over them and their family when trouble “blows” their way.

I have been on the search for some Christmas books to read to Levi and Griffin that talk about the real meaning of Christmas. I would love to have a stack of Christmas books that we pull out every year to read. The Christmas Birdie is the perfect addition. What a fun way to recall that most important day of Jesus’ birth through the eyes of a little birdie.

Here is what Mary Ellen’s website said about The Christmas Birdie:

How would you like to have witnessed the birth of the most important person who ever lived? That is exactly what happened to a little birdie named Flit. What started out as disaster turned into wonder in a stable in Bethlehem one winter’s night.

Mary Ellen is giving away TWO sets of her books along with an audio CD of Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty (there is also a birdie song and bonus story included on the CD).

Giveaway Details:

Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty by Mary Ellen Tippin
Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty audio CD
The Christmas Birdie by Mary Ellen Tippin

TWO winners chosen at random

One entry per person

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 19th at 9pm (CST)

To enter tell me your favorite Christmas books (I need some ideas!)
just tell me your favorite children’s book

You can find out more about Mary Ellen and her books on her website
These books are available for purchase on the website or through Amazon.

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To enter the RV Parties giveaway click here.
To enter the Sock Monkey Hat giveaway click here.
To enter the A Perfect Treasure giveaway click here.
To enter the ImBlessed giveaway click here.
All giveaways close Saturday (tomorrow), November 19th at 9pm.

  • Kristen - Favorite Christmas book (and movie) – Polar ExpressReplyCancel

  • Christy - Favorite preschool books are the Llama Llama books – so cute. I also have a 7 year old that loves the Junie B. Jones books – hilarious!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - At our house we believe in both the magic and miracle of Christmas. I love the book called ‘What is Christmas?’ It is all about how Santa, and Christmas Trees, and lights are so much fun, but as fun as they are, they are not what Christmas is all about. I love that the book makes it ok for the magic and the miracle to be celebrated. I also love ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hannah J - One of my favorite Christmas books was always “Apple Tree Christmas.” It’s for older kids, and to be honest thinking back I don’t know if it was THAT stellar of a book or if it was more the sentimentality of taking it out year after year that made me love it =)
    My 11 month old’s favorite book is “I Love You Through and Through”. . .someday I should count how many times a day we read it!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Can’t go wrong with “the night before Christmas” – it’s a classic. I need ideas too!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Have you read Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes? It’s a super cute ABC book that we love. Thanks for the chance to win! I love children’s books too. Reading is my favorite thing to do with my kids 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Favorite Christmas Book – The Tale of Three Trees. It’s not exclusively Christmas, but we used to read it every Christmas!

    Favorite Children’s Book – Don’t even get me started! The one I buy for anyone having a baby is “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch! In fact, I just read it to my students yesterday and teared up at the end.ReplyCancel

  • Troyerfam - Too many to choose from. Kids love Big Red Barn right nowReplyCancel

  • Jay & Janelle - My favorite Christmas book is one from my childhood that my parents have now purchased for our two little ones…”The Smells of Christmas”.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Here are a few of our favorites – so hard to pick one! 🙂

    “The Velveteen Rabbit” – the version with illustrations by Donna Green and “The Quiltmaker’s Gift”, though it might be a few years before Levi would be ready for these.

    “On Morning Wings” by Reeve Lindberg (a great paraphrase of Psalm 139 with beautiful illustrations)

    “I Love You Through & Through” (a board book)

    My youngest, Ben, who’s 2, would probably recommend the following:
    -a shaped board book, called “Tractor” by DK Publishers and I think of Levi every time I read it to him.
    -“Brown Bear, Brown Bear”
    -“Vrooom, It’s Color Time” in the TruckTown series

    (I haven’t read these, but did you know there is a book series out there featuring “Tractor Mac” and includes, “Tractor Mac Saves Christmas?” I saw them on amazon.)ReplyCancel

  • BethyJ - My all time favorite “Make way for Ducklings…” but its a bit two long for my little guy right now…he loves (at the moment:) “Thank you God”…we read it EVERY DAY…and I think my husband and I have it memorized:)ReplyCancel

  • The Newby Clan - My favorite Christma Book is the 12 days of Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Shaw - The Night Before Christmas and Polar Express are 2 of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Polar Express!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My favorite children’s book is Goodnight Moon – especially because the author Margaret Wise Brown and I are both alums of Hollins University (I always get excited about alums because our school is so small).


  • Hayley - Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas, The Christmas Miracle, Room for a Little One…I’m a former 1st grade teacher, so the list could go on and on!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - My niece’s favourite book at the moment is Little Rabbit Foo-Foo – she knows ALL the words! So can tell when daddy skips pages.
    One of my favourite childrens books though is; On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman.

    Little Boy by Alison McGhee is ADORABLE too!

    Favourite Christmas books include;
    The Jolly Christmas Postman
    Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas
    How The Grinch Stole Christmas

    & for older children;
    Letters From Father Christmas – JRR TolkienReplyCancel

  • Mommy M - We are really into the “goodnight Moon” book right now. I have two boys age 1 & 3 and they both love it!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Abby - We love reading too! My kids love all the Eric Carle books.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene R. - “Green Eggs and Ham” has always been a hit for our kids, but as far as Christmas goes, I would have to say “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is one of the favorites. We have several, as we love to read!ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Ashley - Before I started staying home, I was a 2nd grade teacher with my masters in School Library- I love this giveaway!!! My favorite Christmas books are Polar Express and the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. My favorite everyday children’s book is anything by Mo Willems, Click Clack Moo Cows that Type, and the Monster Who Ate My Peas- its adorable! Thanks again for the great giveaways!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - My favorite Christmas book is definitely the Polar Express. Love! I used to teach preschool and then 2nd grade, so my list of favorite children’s books could go on forever, but right now our favorites (3 & 1 yr old) are Goodnight Moon, Is Your Mama A Llama?, Tumble Bumble, and much to my chagrin, F is for Farm (this has been a favorite for about 2 months. Getting a little over it).ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - My daughter loves books as well. What a great giveaway!

    Avery loves Sandra Boynton’s books. They are great!ReplyCancel

  • Melody - My favorite Christmas book is Polar Express and my favorite books in general are Amelia Bedlia or the Llama llama books. We just love them!ReplyCancel

  • dran - The Night Before Christmas 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Mayfield - I love the “Bear feels scared, Bear snores on” all the bear books. SO fun to read.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - We love the Eric Carle books! They’re all good. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is the one my kids have loved first.

    I’m not sure about Christmas books. There is a series of board books at Family Christians Stores. We have “The Jesus Story”. They also have books for Easter and Christmas. I love the repeating of key phrases and whole verses from the Bible. They are such good starter books.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - it’s a little hard for me to pick my favorite children’s book (i LOVE books), but one that we really like is The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz.
    have you heard of Max Lucado? i think you’d enjoy his Christmas book titled The Crippled Lamb.
    i also love to teach my children about Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas!

  • Mrs. Southern - We love new books at our house too! Parker is in the stage where he will just sometimes sit and look at a book while I cook dinner. We spend a lot of our day reading books and I agree new ones are always welcome! Some of his favorites right now ( at 23 months) are anything that have to do with trucks of course but also the Usborne touchy feely books, there’s a lot of them that we have. We also have a book by the same author as No,No, Yes, Yes it’s called Yummy Yucky and it’s funny and makes him laugh.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - I was recently looking for the same type of Christmas book and stumbled across “The Story of Christmas” by Patricia A. Pingry. It tells the story quickly and simply enough for my 18 month old to stay interested. We love books too!ReplyCancel

  • Rach - Anything from the Usborne collection is great!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Coleman - The littlest angel, pop up books of the Christmas story. Christmas stories are so much fun to read to the little grand daughters!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - The Legend of the Candy Cane.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I love Night Before Christmas. Another book that I love is How Full Is Your Bucket. It has a great message!ReplyCancel

  • Trinity - what god wants for christmas is awesome and i highly recommend it! its like easter resurrection eggs but for chirstmas. it tells the story of christmas and each gift is part of the nativity scene. it os a great way to tell the story of jesus birth and your little guy will love the little figurines.
    i got mine on ebay for about 10.00ReplyCancel

  • Liesel - We had “The Night Before Christmas” in a little golden book when we were kids. Dad would read it with the words mixed up, or in pig latin, or something funny, so it was definitely a favorite Christmas book for us. Hoping to find some good ideas from the comments, My three and a half year old is beyond excited for Christmas this year.ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda - My son 3, loves Goldilocks and the three bears. There are many versions but this is a flap book that is more interactive. He loves it.ReplyCancel

  • Savanna - We love the GoldenBooks Christmas stories because they are so accurate in their portrayal of the Christmas story.
    Also, we love the Brown Bear books!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My girls love Eric Carle books. We were given the book Getting Ready for Christmas last year and we really love that.

  • Sadie - I like the Legend of the Candy Cane- it makes it all about Jesus. LOVE it. Here’s a link! 🙂

  • Jennifer Ezell - We always loved the Polar Express. These books would be great for my nephew!ReplyCancel

  • rodefamily - My favorite book for children would have to be Over In The Meadow. It has that sing songy rhyme thing going and my two year ok addores it.ReplyCancel

  • Martha - Our little boy loves everything with wheels and motors. So, his favorite books are Tractor Mac books. Fun stories of the life of a tractor on a farm. Very cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacie - My Emma and I love the Bear Wants More Books by Karma Wilson. We too are in search of good Christmas books.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Geyer - Love you Forever is probably my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Hollie - There are two books that stick out in my mind from childhood – Bruce’s Loose Tooth and also The Velveteen Rabbit. I love reminising childhood 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Stegent - The Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider is a great book start Dec 1st and read one page a night for children. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck. I picked it up at Target last year 🙂 Also, do you have a Fisher Price Little People Nativity? My kiddos love it!ReplyCancel

  • amanda - I love The Legend of the Three Trees, and The Star of Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Nelson's Mama - I remember reading “Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?” until I had it memorized!

    She’s nearly twenty now, I’d love the chance to go back and do it again…ReplyCancel

  • Amber - My daughter’s favorite books are Bear Wants More and Bear Snores On 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susan - I love Christmas books (I taught 1st grade before having my son) and here are some of my favorite:
    These are not Christian ones – You Can Do It, Sav by Amy Hest – after reading you can have Levi make and deliver a special treat to his neighbors
    The Polar Express – I just think it is a magical book, I didn’t like the movie though, the book is so much better
    Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson – just a cute book, all the bear books are cute by here, very repetitive
    These are Christian ones –
    Room for Little One by Martin Waddell – a nativity book
    The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado – I just like his kids books
    the Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck – I just bought this one this year so we will see how much I like it when I read it with my son.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I too would like more ideas on Christmas books. However, one of my favorite children’s books is the Kissing Hand.

    Lyndsey S.ReplyCancel

  • the brokaws - My favorite children’s book is Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn…a favorite from my childhood that i love to read to my kids now! I think I might have to check out the Christmas Bridie book!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - You are Special by Max Lucado.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - I really like the book Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. It’s by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, the creators of Bear Snores On. It’s a cute story that I love to read at Christmas! I think Levi would love it too! And age appropriate for him too!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - The Kissing Hands

    Carolyn G.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - My favorite Christmas Book is “The Sweet Smells of Christmas”, it is a Golden Book. It’s been around for a long time, I have a copy from when I was young! And now we have a new copy for my 3 children.
    Favortie Children’s book…oh how can I chose….The Napping House, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Harry the Dirty Dog, Jamberry…I could go on and onReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - Favorite Christmas will always be The Night Before Christmas. You can’t go wrong with a classic!ReplyCancel

  • The Fishers - We also love the book “What is Christmas?” Our two year old’s favorite books are the Llama Llama series and our four year old loves the Berenstein Bear books 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I love reading the story of the three trees. I think we’re going to make it a tradition for Christmas. Such a special story!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - I love all of the That’s not my ____ books. 🙂 We have That’s not my Dragon book, but read the others at the library every week. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tara - my kids favorite right now is Snip Snap Croc. masyn just about has it memorized. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leatha - I don’t know if this book is still in print but my favorite book when my boys were little was Rumble in the Jungle. My twin boys are now 13 but my husband and I still have this book memorized.ReplyCancel

  • bakersdozen - The Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and Flicka, Ricka, Dicka are some of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Cayce - A few favorite Christmas books: Wombat Divine by Mem Fox- very cute
    Alabaster’s Song- Christmas through the eyes of an Angel by Max Lucado
    and The Crippled Lamb by Max LucadoReplyCancel

  • Phil and Amber - We like the Mercer Meyers books here and my daughter is in love with the Pinkalicious books…probably not so great for a boy though! We also love to read the If you give books…there’s a Christmas edition called If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.ReplyCancel

  • Amber A - My 6 year old is autistic and LOVES books, these would be great additions to his collection.

    Our favorite Christmas book is “How the Grinch stole Christmas”. I have my book from when I was younger, that my boys now have.ReplyCancel

  • Amber A - My 6 year old is autistic and LOVES books, these would be great additions to his collection.

    Our favorite Christmas book is “How the Grinch stole Christmas”. I have my book from when I was younger, that my boys now have.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - My favorite book is Stellaluna but it is a little lengthy and my kids are still too young to sit through it. I can’t wait until they are older and can enjoy it with me!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tiemeier - My favorite children’s books are Dr. Seuss books. My all time favorite is the sleep book which is obviously good for bedtime.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I LOVED The Velveteen Rabbit when I was little!

  • mommatokal - I love God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren. She also wrote God Gave Us You which I received as a baby shower gift and it is definitely one of our favorites:)ReplyCancel

  • Susy M. - I love books! I love The Jolly Postman or other people’s letters by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg. I would love to send a copy to Levi and Griffin. Let me know where to mail it. They will love it.ReplyCancel

  • The Biggs Family - The Legend of the candy cane!! My kids loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Lanie - Favorite Christmas Book- The Night Before ChristmasReplyCancel

  • melissa - I was a teacher, too, and one of my favorite Christmas books I got at a Scholastic book fair one year: Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell. The pictures are beautiful and the story is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - love the message in these books! a few that we just bought for christmas this year and already love are what is christmas? by michelle medlock adams(christmas story told really well in child format) and one night in bethlehem by jill roman lord(cute touch and feel book. also, mr. willowby’s christmas tree is cute if you’ve never read it.ReplyCancel

  • Paula - The Little Critters books are great! Ferdinand the bull is a beautiful book, anything by Shel Silverstein or Maurice Sendack was always a hit at oir house!.. And of course anything by Dr. Seuss!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My son LOVES llama llama books!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - All of Karen Kingsburys Children s books are to cute and have such a great biblical meaning behind them!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Christmas favorites would be “Polar Express” and “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” I have a love for Children’s books and have a large collection from when I taught 2nd grade. I am so enjoying reading to my boys, who also love books! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex - Polar Express is our family favorite during Christmas time !ReplyCancel

  • Barclay Kathryn - I would read Max Lucados “You are Special” every year around Christmas time to be public school students. It was my way to bring Jesus to them, without being overly obvious. Then I would share the Christmas story. Sorry the book itself isn’t really Christmasy. We also LOVE Polar Express.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Joy - We have always loved all the Sandra Boynton books. They’re short and silly and perfect for the littlest listeners. All of them. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SamD - Oh my goodness, what another great giveaway. I’d love to read these to my little girl. My favorite book (growing up and still now) is “The Night Before Christmas.”ReplyCancel

  • Katy T - My youngest is into Peekaboo Kisses, Animal Kisses, and Goodnight Kisses. Anything with KISSES in it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Payne Family - My favorite Christmas book is “Santa’s Favorite Story” and my favorite children’s book is “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - My daughter loves anything by Sandra Boynton (I think it’s the rhyming), and anything with Elmo or Big Bird 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brady and Nick - My favorite Christmas story comes right out of the Bible! I want so badly to start a tradition this year with having the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth read on Christmas Eve to my whole family. I think it’s such a sweet tradition to have and I hope it sticks with my family for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - Lately my fav books for my toddler have been the Bearanstein Bears, and some classics we love are The Hungry Caterpillar, and Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle (Im sure you know him already though!)ReplyCancel

  • ashley - We always read the Christmas story from the Bible and we also read “A Cup of Christmas Tea.”ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - one of my favorites is Ping and my kids love the pictures in the DK books! Those look like great books, would love to add to our library!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - I know the No No Yes Yes ook well. My daughter chose it from our library and cried when I had to return it. I can honestly say I was happy when it went back. It wasn’t one of my favorites. Our favorite Christmas book is “Room for a Litle One” by Martin Waddell. “The Year Without A Santa Claus” is our favorite fun story.ReplyCancel

  • LauraD - I am honored to have the privaledge or reading to my daughter every night. My Ellie is just two months younger than Levi and is the exact same way about books. She switches out her favorites every couple of months. My favorite Christmas book for toddlers is titled “What is Christmas?” and gives the true meaning of Christmas in a way toddlers can understand. It is written by Michelle Medlock and she actually has other books of the same, “What is Easter?” “What is Thanksgiving?” We love them all! You might already have these, but if not, they are great books. Ellie loves birds (chirp chirp she’ll say) and I would be so happy to win either of these givaway books! Thanks so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Merry Christmas Mouse is a cute one!ReplyCancel

  • Grandma Becky - I think Love You Forever has be a favorite. My little grandkids love books.


  • Dawn - I love the polar Express!! I also like How the Grinch stole Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - My MIL gave us “the legend of the candy cane” a frosty Christmasy book reminding of the true meaning of Christmas. I’ve also been partial to “The best Christmas pageant ever” but that’s for bigger kids.ReplyCancel

  • tmezzy - The list of favorites changes every week 🙂 But the constant favorites since she was a baby include Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, Big Red Barn, and Pajama Time.

    My daughter is loving Pete the Cat right now 🙂 She also loves The Pokey Little Puppy, A Fly Went By, and the Veggie Tales books, a handful of others that she wants read to her every day 😉 Love You Forever is a wonderful book, but it makes me cry every single time I read it. . .

    Favorite Christmas books:
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    and there was one about the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-??) that we read last year that my daughter loved and memorized, but I need to dig it out and see what the title is! Ever since I was a little girl, my sisters and I would recite the Luke 2:1-?? passage on Christmas Eve. WHen we grew up and had kids, we passed this down to our kids. My daughter is too young, but I wanted her to be a part of it, and understand it, and this book did a good job putting into words a 3 year old could understand 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We have a lot of favorite books in our house, but one we really like is called, “There’s a party in Heaven” (

    The author is from MI (where we live) and his wife does the illistrations. The book is beautiful and is also full of scriptures. It has been a great book to read and share with others! Those are the best kind 🙂

    -Marcie (

  • jill w - I have my first grandchild scheduled to arrive in March of 2012. I am looking so forward to reading to her !!! my favorite Christmas book is “The Night Before Christmas”.. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Another vote for The Polar Express!! We love books in our house too and have so many. I always feel like you never waste money when you invest in books though!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Favorite children’s book: Anne of Green Gables!

    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - I’m starting a Christmas book collection for my little girl too. My sister in law just gave us the book “Little Star” by Anthony DeStefano.ReplyCancel

  • Cristin - Little Critter’s Christmas Book (Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter)


    The Best Christmas Pageant EverReplyCancel

  • Leah M - As a child, I loved reading ‘The Giving Tree’ when I went to my grandparents’ house as a child. Right now, my boys love for me to read ‘Rolie Polie Olie’ to them.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel L - Favorite Christmas book so far for us is “On This Special Night” by Claire Freedman. It has beautiful illustrations and is a very sweet story. Our favorite children’s books are the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series by Laura Numeroff. My daughter NEVER gets tired of those books 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alena - My 20 month old son LOVES books and it makes me so happy!!! Our favorite Christmas book so far is the class Charlie Brown Christmas…the book with the button that make sounds. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My favorite childhood books are Goodnight Moon and The Giving Tree. My son and daughter really like Bear Stays Up for Christmas and Room for a Little One.


  • burgmom - Our favorite book is “the Small One”. I bought this book for my Teenage girls when they were younger and I now read it to my 4 year old. It’s about a little boy who has to sell his Donkey and after No one wants to buy him along comes Joseph. The Donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem. I still get teary eyed reading it.


  • Jenny - I love the Polar Express!ReplyCancel

  • LeAnne - God Gave Us Christmas is a book we read during the Christmas season. It’s by Lisa T. Bergren. We also have her books, God Gave Us You and God Gave Us Two.ReplyCancel

  • angie c - I need these books! 🙂 My favorite kids book tho is “Alexander and the Horrible Terrible no Good Very Bad Day”. So cute.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - the night before christmas…thanks for another chance at a giveaway!!

  • Meggie - Love this giveaway! I taught 2nd grade before staying home, so children’s books are near and dear to my heart. =) And my little man loves to be read to! My favorite Christmas books are “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” and “What is Christmas?”ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - My mom would always read to me “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and I still love it as an adult. It will be in my list of books that I will read to my future children.


  • Rebecca - My favorite is Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree! It is filled with cute animals and it is an adorable little story.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie and Kevin Zonnefeld - Wow. How fun! I love the classic “I’ll Love You Forever.” Sorry, not a Christmas idea!ReplyCancel

  • Our Family of Three - we love books in our house- and my favorite to read to my baby girl is on the night you were born by nancy tillman!ReplyCancel

  • Carla - I love the Polar Express. We have two boys and love, love Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel and Katy and the Big Snow!ReplyCancel

  • Lissa - We love the Polar Express and Room for a Little One. My son who was born a couple days after Levi loves Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat Green Hat book right now. He laughs and laughs at that. Also loves the books Cookie’s Week and Cornelius P Mudd, Are You Ready for Bed?ReplyCancel

  • Katy - Not a Christmas book, but as a child my favorite book that I wore out was “Once Upon a Time in a Meadow”. My son’s current favorite is “Chicka Chicka ABC”.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I love the book What is Christmas Anyway? The author has a series about every holiday. It is a great way to speak to your little one about Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann - “God Gave Us Christmas” by Lisa Tawn Bergren.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I don’t have a favorite Christmas book, but I do have two favorite children’s books.

    One is called “I Love You The Purplest”. It is about two brothers who love to compete for their mama’s love and attention. She makes it very clear in a very beautiful way that they don’t need to compete because she loves them both so much for just who they are. I used to change the names when I read it to my two oldest girls. They always loved it and still do at ages 13 and 10. I think it would be a great book fot your boys as well.

    My other favorite is called “Guess How Much I Love You?”. It is about a daddy rabbit and his son. It is all about how much they love eachother. It is one of the sweetest books. I love it because it is a good Daddy book. I think Joel would enjoy reading this to your boys.

    Sorry for the long post. I just really love those two books. I think I would love the ones you shared too. I have a little boy who absolutely loves birds. These would be perfect for him!

    Thank you so much for sharing your precious family with all of us. God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Marne - We love “God gave us you”. It’s not a Christmas book, but it’s with polar bears and seems very Christmas-y. We read it a lot more in the winter time!ReplyCancel

  • Tressa S - I love this post! This is exactly my life with a 21 month old little girl. I love that she loves books so much, and that her favorites change too 🙂 Right now her favorites(mine too) are “I’ll Teach my Dog 100 words” and Richard Scarry’s “Best Word Book Ever”.
    Tressa S.ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - LOVED Berenstein Bears growing up! AND Goodnight Moon has been read many times at our house!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Davis - My absolutely favorite Christmas book is Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
    Tells of a mouse who learns about the real meaning of Christmas. http://www.glittereddreams.comReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I was just saying this to my husband the other night, that we need to get some books together for our son who is 3, about the real meaning of Christmas to like you said, pull out the stack year after year! I was a pre-K teacher and used to LOVE going to the library to get new fun books for my students! My favorite book is Goodnight Moon, only because it was the first book I read to my son when he was born and that makes it special to me!

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  • SLC - Christmas Books: The Small One, The Crippled Lamb, The Polar Express, An Angel’s Story (more for older kids), Mary’s First Christmas (all time favorite!:)ReplyCancel

  • Karie - I love The Polar Express.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - My mom always read The night before Christmas. It’s a true classic.ReplyCancel

  • forr2girls - I love the little engine that could…ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - haha. glad to see NO NO YES YES is still ranking in his favorites 🙂 and who knew that Mary Ellen had books?? not me!! thanks for sharing 🙂 love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Best ever.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Might have to check back here for good Christmas books because I need suggestions too. One we checked out last year from the library and that Ori LOVED was The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. It definitely points to Jesus and even though it was long, Ori wanted to read it again and again. I just got Mary Ellen’s first book and CD and we love it!! I’d love to have another copy to give as a gift (and keep the Christmas one for us! hehe)ReplyCancel

  • Lillian - I don’t have any favorite Christmas books, sadly. I love Sandra Boynton books…we have almost all of them and my son really likes them too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Auntie EM - My favorite children’s book is “Goodnight Moon.” I love looking at big full moons and love reading this book to my 18-month old grandson. Books are the best!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Greens - I love anything by Sandra Boynton!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda L - My kids really like “God Gave Us Christmas.” Great pictures, too.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We love Goodnight Moon at our house!

    Sweet books—thank you!!

    Rebecca E.


  • Melissa - What Color is Christmas by David Mead. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney.
    We love books here too.ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - I love Sandra Boynton books – they are so funny!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We have a big box of books that I wrap up each Dec. and let each child unwrap one every night in Dec. It is kind of like a present, but it gets reused each year. They love it! Stephanie Z.ReplyCancel

  • KristinGheen - My favorite book from childhood is “Miss Twiggley’s Tree” by Dorothea Warren Fox. My 3 year old son enjoys reading it very much (it’s one of those 3 yr+ books). Wonderfully written/good message and the illustrations are my favorite part of all!ReplyCancel

  • Laura H - My absolute favorite Christmas book is “The Crippled Lamb” I love how the lamb has to stay home because he can not walk well. He is very sad but he got to witness the birth of Christ!! It makes me cry every time I read it. It is such a GREAT book!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - We love the Llamma Llamma books – red pajama, misses mama, mad at mama, holiday drama, home with mama. There are four new ones coming out next spring! :]ReplyCancel

  • jessicap - Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas :-).ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - Love The Legend of the Candy Cane! Such a great message! And when we were a little older my dad read Papa Panov’s Special Day every Christmas. It is a sweet book and it brings back such fond memories. You should really check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Gerstner Fam - Our favorite christmas book is “God Gave us Christmas” It is a great story to read to little ones to better understand the REAL meaning of christmas. We are excited to continue reading it as our son and future kids get old enough. 🙂 You should REALLY check it out!ReplyCancel

  • Tammyz - My favorite Childrens book is The Three Trees. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ dwell in the season - We’ve been collecting Christmas books this fall too! So far I’ve picked up O Little Town of Bethlehem & The Story of Christmas. Both are cute!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My favorite Christmas book is “The Cripled Lamb” by Max Lucado. It is so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • millermoments - Thank you God is one of our favorites too!

    But my all time favorite is “I’ll love you forever.” My kids are 5 and 7 and we still love reading that one!ReplyCancel

  • Roma - Favorite children’s books are the Little Critter Series and Llama Llama series. My current favorite Christmas book is The Christmas Tree Cried by Claudia Cangilla McAdam.ReplyCancel

  • mommyof2sons - I really like God gave us Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jentre - My favorite is Goodnight Moon. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t know if it’s good, but I am about to get God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren from the library. I want some real-meaning of Christmas books too! 🙂

    Kristina Watt

  • Melinda - I love the Polar Express – both the book and the movie. I also love Lucy’s Christmas. For a non-Christmas kids book, my current favorite is The Bear That Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - My favorite books right now are : Llama Llama Red Pajamas and for the holidays, Llama Llama Holiday Drama. They are so cute :)!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt. Can’t read it without crying.ReplyCancel

  • melissa wong - We love the Charlie Brown Christmas book. The rest of the year we read Sandra Boyton and Dr Seuss books. My little one loves those ones becuase they are short and have cute pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy W - My favorite Christmas book is Polar Express.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Hinkle - My favorite children’s book is “A bad case of stripes” by David Shannon. I too am looking for Christmas books this year that explain to my babies the truth of Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I love “You Are Special” by Max Lucado! I cry every time I read it to Collin. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JAMBA - My favorite Christmas book is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - The only Christmas book that really comes to mind is the Polar Express. There really do need to be more books that put some emphasis on the real Christmas story for kids. But for regular kids book, I would have to say Goodnight Moon, Love You Forever, and I Love You Stinky-Face might be all-time favorites for me.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - My most favorite Christmas book (and movie) is “The Polar Express”. I also love the Little Golden Books “The Christmas Story.”ReplyCancel

  • Mom of Many Js - I love the book The Three Little TreesReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I love the book, “I love you Through and Through.”


  • traci527 - I picked up the book Twas the night before the night before Christmas by Natasha Wing. Its a cute twist on the original.ReplyCancel

  • The Abramowski Family - A few Christmas Favorites: “Bear Stays up for Christmas”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Mouse, Where are you?”, “Dick and Jane – A Christmas Story”. I also want to get the Little People lift a flap Christmas book for my little girls this year.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We love all of the “In my…” books. In My Nest, In My Pond, and so on. They are so fun for little ones because they have great illustrations, short pages, and a finger puppet! Who can resist that?

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  • Erin - I love anything by nancy Tillman. I read on the night you were born to Christian when he was born and when he went to heaven. I just ordered her new one titled wherever you are my love will find you. I can’t get through her books reading to my almost 3 year old without tearing up but the message is just beautiful and my prayer is it makes my son feel so very loved!

    I love reading all the Christmas book suggestions! My son’s fave last year was the smells on Christmas. I have sweet memories of him learning to say candy cane ha ha can’t wait to see which one he likes this year!ReplyCancel

  • Mary D - My two year old is the same with the weekly favorites. We also LOVE all of the Leslie Patricelli books, The Birthday Box being Noah’s current favorite. He also loves the Llama Llama books and all of David Shannon’s books. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - “The Small One” was and still is my most favorite Christmas story.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - My girlies are very into Dr. Seuss so ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is very popular in our house!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I love Polar Express and Wild Christmas Reindeer. Another favorite is Stella Luna.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Golden - My favorite Xmas book is The night before Christmas! Without a doubt!ReplyCancel

  • smalltownnebraska - One of our favorite books is Little Blue Truck. I can’t think of a favorite Christmas book, so I guess I need ideas too!ReplyCancel

  • songskatesang - Favorite kids book – How Will We get to the beach… Love, love, love!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Our little boy loved this book that his grandma got him last year that lights up and plays the song “O little town of Bethlehem”. It is a board book as well which is nice for Levi’s age.

  • SmallTownYouthMinister - My favorite children’s books to read are the Focus on the Family “Bunny” books. They are perfect for Levi’s age right now! I got mine for a penny online-used, but they still work the same!

    Growing up one of my favorite children’s books was The Pokey Little Puppy.ReplyCancel

  • kcernick - we love go dogs go, but are looking for some christmas book ideas too!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I don’t know about Christmas books, but I love everything by Kevin Henkes…Chrysanthemum, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Jessica…the list goes on and on!ReplyCancel

  • Watch Calder Grow! - I guess I could use some ideas for Christmas books too, since I can’t think of any. My favorite children’s book, however, Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein — I have loved it since I was 7!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli and Mark - I am a preschool teacher and I LOVE books! My favorite are by Eric Carle.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - We have a box of Christmas books that we pull out every year! I can’t tell you any of them, though, b/c we haven’t gotten the box out yet. 🙂

    Too many great children’s books for me to name a favorite! We just finished reading Steven Kellogg books in 1st grade. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • becky_mcarthur - Usborne has a great nativity book that would be perfect for Levi’s age as it is colorful and is a touch and feel book.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Jingle the Christmas Clown is a favorite. I was lucky enough to meet the author illustrator Tomie dePaola and I own pages 22 and 23.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - My favorite Christmas book for children is called Santa’s Favorite Story. It is about forest animals who find Santa alseep in the forest and they are afraid they Christmas would be ruined. Santa decides to tell them about his favorite story, the true meaning of Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - I love Mo Willems–his Pigeon books are so cute. I particularly like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

    I also like Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. There’s a whole series based on these books.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie G. - Favorite Children’s Book – “Guess How Much I Love You”

    Favorite Christmas Book – “The Polar ExpressReplyCancel

  • Corenda - My daughter is a little bit younger than Levi and she also loves Knuffle Bunny. I checked out Knuffle Bunny Two from the library and she wasn’t interested, but “Two” and “Free” are on her Christmas list anyway. She also loves, Take Time to Say Please by Mo Williams. I was also a teacher before being a stay at home mommy and love pulling out books as she grows. I have a great Christmas book, I believe it’s called, Who’s in the Barn, or something of the like. Anyways, you see each of the farm animals and then at the end, Baby Jesus is asleep among them. Wish I knew the name off hand, but won’t know until I pull the Christmas books out.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - My son loves a DK board book we got at costco called “Things That Go”. It has a page of emergency vehicles, a page of farm vehicles, a page of construction vehicles, etc. He loves it so much that we got a 2nd copy to give to a friend and it’s *his* favorite book too!

  • Deborah - The Jesus Storybook Bible is wonderful, but didn’t hold my kids’ attention until age 4. When they were younger, I liked The Big Red Barn, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and all the Curious George books. Fun.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - I love anything Dr.Seuss but all childrens books are so cute! My aunt had a baby shower in February of this year and instead of people giving cards with the gifts she asked them to give their fav book and write something(to their twin girls). I think that was a AMAZING idea!! I LOVE to read and hope my kids will someday too! Thanks!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What cute books, a daily read favorite at our house would be Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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  • Sarah - One of my favorite Christmas books is Carl’s Christmas. Another cute one we’re reading right now is The Soldier’s Night Before Christmas. It’s pretty funny and very appropriate since my husband is deployed right now.ReplyCancel

  • Gi Verones - Charlie the Christmas Dog is the sensation around here!!! Lucas Loves puppys!!!!ReplyCancel

  • anislandlife - We love the Tale of Three Trees!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Love the Polar ExpressReplyCancel

  • Michaela B. - I am still looking for a favorite Christmas book. I just ordered several from Scholastic with my class book order. One of my favorite “newer” books is The Great Fuzz Frenzy and my son right now loves the book called Trashy Town.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie - Favorite Christmas book was The Smell of Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin and Sarah - Favorite kid book is Llama Llama Red Pajama!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Max Lucado has great children’s books. My favorite is The Crippled Lamb. My parents always got my brother and I one Christmas book and we would read it on Christmas morning right after all our presents were opened. This was one of my favorite Christmas books. Another good one is the Ledgend of the Candy Cane (WONDERFUL!)ReplyCancel

  • Angela - “The Crippled Lamb” and “Alabaster’s Song” both by Max LucadoReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - My munchkin is into the llama Llama books…Llama drama..Llama misses mama…Llama mad at mama etc..

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  • Danielle - One of our favorite Christmas books is Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. Our kids also love hearing the story of baby Jesus’ birth straight from the Bible!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - I love, love the Knuffle Bunny books. Your little guy has great taste! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We love children’s books. To pick a favorite is so hard. One we enjoy is “There’s a Monster in My Opu.” We got it on vacation in Hawaii.

  • Nonna's loves......... - do love “the littlest angel” so much and my grandchildren so also.
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  • Rachel - I love “Mary’s First Christmas”! I don’t have too many children’s Christmas books though, I could use these ideas too!

  • Sarah Ann - One of our favorite Christmas books is called “Caleb the Camel.” My son Kaleb is the reason we have this book! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy Geiser - I love children’s books, too! My 3-year-old also loves certain books for a while and then switches. For a long time, her favorite was “Thunder Cake” by Patricia Polacco. She was afraid of thunderstorms until we made the thunder cake in that book! She had large parts of it memorized since we read it so much. My favorite to read to her right now is “Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss.ReplyCancel

  • Megan @ SimplyThrifty - My favorite children’s book is a very old one. It’s called, “The Duchess Bakes a Cake.” I used to listen to it on tape and read along with my library book as a child. I found it on or a similar website and purchased it for my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Coffman - Night before Christmas is read every year at our house. I love these books you have here. My daughter loves to read books!ReplyCancel

  • Gale - I love reading the classics to my grands…Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood.


  • Lauren - My 3 year old loves the “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” series.

    “The Crippled Lamb” by Max Lucado is a sweet Christmas book. It will make you cry!ReplyCancel

  • ABBY - Christmas books are hard, I’m in the same boat. I am trying to find better Christmas books to start my 19 mos old on – especially ones that talk about God. But, one of my all time favorite books is The Velveteen Rabit!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Polar Express is a wonderful Christmas book…all about the magic of believing in what we cannot see.ReplyCancel


  • Ashley - I love Jan Brett’s books. My favorite winter book is The Mitten.ReplyCancel

  • Beckie - From the time they were about six months old, both of my children were in love with a book called “Baby Boo”. My son is now 5, and and loves any and all books about Franklin the turtle. My daughter is 21 months old, and “Baby Boo” is still her favorite!
    Their favorite Christmas book is called “Why I Love Christmas”.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - My all time favorite Christmas book is Polar Express. I didn’t realize it until I received it as a gift for my baby girl and read it to her for the first time this year. Such a great story!ReplyCancel

  • The Mershawn's - As a former Kindergarten teacher myself, our house is also overflowing with children’s books;). The Knuffle Bunny books are some of our favorites too & some of Sandra Boynton’s books top my little guy’s list. Here’s 2 of our family favorite’s for little people & Christmas:
    Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck & Felicia Bond
    The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats.
    And, those birdie books might need to be on my shelves real soon! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Molly McD - One of our favorite books EVER is The Amazing Bone…my kids love Pearl the Pig!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Z - My girls always had Goodnight Gorilla as a favorite as toddlers. 🙂


  • melissa philipchalk - We love the Polar Express for Christmas. And year round we love all little books that are made of the hard cardboard. My little one loves that they are perfect size for him and the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I Love you Forever is very near and dear to our hearts. Especially after the loss of our baby….because all of our children will be my baby forever 🙂

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  • Brittanie - Christmas–“The Night Before Christmas” and our favorite books are “Brown Bear,” “Oh David,” and anything Sesame Street!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We love the Jan Brett books for the holiday season. Beautiful illustrations

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  • Lisa Hoeme - I love The Night Before Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Kim P - I have so many favorite children’s books! Some of the best, that both of my boys have loved, are some lift-the-flap Bible Story books. We read them over and over and OVER! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I know its too late to enter the contest, but…
    Who is Coming to Our House is my favorite Christmas book for my son. We have been reading it since his first Christmas and just the other day he pulled it out and read it to me!ReplyCancel

  • Joe N - My son would totally love these books!! Our favorite (as of now) is Brown Bear.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - My son and I love to read “Love You Forever.” Moves me to tears each and every time.ReplyCancel

  • Nguyen Family - These are adorable books! I would love to share them with my children. I, too, am looking for books that tell the true meaning of Christmas.

    My favorite book to read to my kids is “Someday.”ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I know I’m too late for the giveaway, but one of our favorite Christmas books is On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown. The detail in the illustrations are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen - My baby girl’s favorite book right now is “Five Little Ladybugs”. We also love Eric Carle books!!ReplyCancel

  • joshandamy - My favorite children’s book is “But No Elephants!” I love it still, and can’t wait until my son is old enough to enjoy it, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - hi Jess, I meant to tell you earlier I have sent your boys my favourite christmas book – its in the mail and should hopefully arrive soon! I hope that you enjoy reading it to Levi and Griffin and that they love it too!