5 Must-Have Books for Children (That You Probably Have Not Heard Of)

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We all know that reading (even to newborns) has a profound effect on brain development as well as special bonding between parent and child. In fact, research has shown that babies who are read to in the first nine months of their lives are better prepared for school than babies who did not have interaction with books at such a young age. Enough proof for me! My newborn and I have enjoyed many a night reading some fabulous books. We love the classics but have found these five unique books to be new faves.

1. If I Were A Zebra (Jellycat)

Animal books are common but this book is one of my favorites. It’s bright colors and textures for baby to feel are so important for their growing and learning. I love the cute “zebra tail” out the top too. I’m a sucker for anything zebra so this book is at the top of our list! I know it will be one carried everywhere we go as my daughter grows!

2. Badges, Egg Salad, and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z (Julie Ferris)

My baby girl was not only born on Masters Sunday but my husband is a golf pro so she’s bound to have this Masters children’s book in her collection. I love it because it’s full of beautiful illustrations, instructional elements, and allows us to share the magic of this sport at a young age!

3. Good Night Charleston (Mark Jasper)

I grew up in downtown Charleston, SC so sharing my love for this historic city with my baby girl is so important to me! I love that this book is soothing at bedtime while also teaching her about such an iconic American town. The series of books is called Good Night Our World and you can find many states and towns. I highly recommend finding a geographically relevant book for your little one!

4. If You Give a Dog a Donut (Laura Numeroff)

You might have heard of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie but have you heard of If You Give a Dog a Donut? Well, it’s my fave of the series by author Laura Numeroff. As a self-proclaimed “foodie”, I had to be sure baby girl’s bookshelf included some culinary treasures. We’re a dog-loving family so combine dogs and donuts? What could be better?

5. My Mommy is a Blogger (Sommer Poquette)

Well if this book isn’t a must-have, I don’t know what is! If you know of a mom who has a blog (full-time or not), this book is absolutely adorable. It’s certainly going to be a book I read to Blakely for years to come, especially when she begins to wonder what in the world it is that I’m doing on the computer all day! From Twitter parties to working with companies, this book touches on all the aspects of blogging!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list and perhaps found a new book to add to your children’s collections! Do you have a favorite kids book that is unique? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to find more to add to our bookshelf!

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