When I was pregnant with my identical twins, putting together a library for them was at the top of my to-do list. I’ve always been obsessed with books, and hoped that my kids, either by nature or nurture, would inherit the same love. I knew that some stories I would be able to read to them while they were still babies, but many would have to wait until they were a little older. Still, both my husband and I wanted to start with a collection of our favorites…and go from there.
Of course, there was Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, Babar and Curious George. But with every birthday and holiday, we’ve been introduced to even more incredible books that weren’t around when I was little. Books that I look forward to reading almost as much as my boys do, with beautiful prose and inspiring stories and empowering messages that make me want to high-five the authors.
I read to my boys ever single day, and have since they were just a few months old. When they were babies, I would prop them up in their bouncy chairs, and hold a book in front of them, pointing out the pictures and trying to make them smile with a silly voice or funny sound. Now, they pick out their own books, and know some of their favorites by heart (obviously just by ear and pictures–no, they aren’t reading prodigies). Every night before bed, we snuggle up on the couch, and read at least two stories–we might skip the teeth-brushing, but never the books! I don’t know if it was all of the exposure, or if they come by it naturally, but three years later, my boys are book lovers. And I’m thrilled!
Because my kids love books so much, I can’t stop buying them. It’s like a small addiction that I just can’t quit. Truthfully, I’m not sure anyone needs as many children’s books as we have. Still, I do think there are some essentials that every little boy should have in his collection. With that in mind, here are what I consider to be the must-have reads for little guys under 5…