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Our Top 7 Favorite Children’s Books

Books that will leave them laughing and learning

We’ve been doing the mom store all summer long and its been a hit. If you haven’t read my article on the mom store, we’ve developed a reward system for reading books. This month I thought I’d share with you some of our favorite books from the past few years so you can add some spice to your bookshelves or better yet, check them out at your local library.

  1. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes – Pete is everywh If you don’t know Pete, you mustn’t be near any Pre-K kiddos. This is the first book in the series by Eric Litwin. My mother is a kindergarten teacher so let me tell you, we have Pete purses, socks, pajamas, coin purses, tote bags, puppets, you name it. Pete the Cat is an award-winning and bestselling book! Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! Bonus tip: watch the YouTube videos so you can sing along.
  2. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep – Now this book here, is supposedly a magic voodoo book that talks your kids into going to sleep. I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING?! Who is this woman? Listen here Linda, the book didn’t work for my oldest, but 2,000+ reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong…Right? This New York Times best seller is by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. His simple story uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep—at bedtime or naptime. If this works for you, let me know. I’m selling mine.
  3. Any Office fans out there? BJ Novak wrote a book called The Book with No Pictures. No pictures? Yes, no pictures. Go get it. It will make your children giggle and laugh with delight. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. It’s the best. Now run and go get it.

  4. Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett is one of those books that will be a classic in our house. He’s amonster who loves to tickle. And if you’re like me, you get the book with the matching monster gloves so you can really become a tickle monster while telling the story.
  5. Don’t Push the Button written and illustrated by Bill Cotter is a book we’ve been reading for years and even my six-year-old still laughs. A USA Today Bestseller with only one rule in Larry’s book: don’t push the button. (Seriously, don’t even think about it!) Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen? Okay, quick. No one is looking… push the button. Uh, oh.
  6. What Should Danny Do? By Ganit & Adir Levy is one that maybe my kids wouldn’t automatically pick for this list, but I would. The readers get to decide what choices Danny should make throughout his day and watch what the consequences are for his actions. Should we hit his brother or play nice? Should he apologize or scream and pout? You and your child get to decide and watch it play out. It’s a great book of lessons and has seven different endings.
  7. My last is a board book. Because I miss having to have these chewable books around and this one is so worn, I’ll cherish it forever. The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee. If you have any friends about to become first time parents, this book is a glimpse into their future. It’s a fun read that became so popular it turned into a movie featured Alec Baldwin. I mean, come on?

Written by Brianna Ludwig


Brianna is a marketing professional who enjoys cooking, fitness and (mostly) healthy eating. She and her husband live in Bismarck with their two toddlers. Reach her at

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