Meet the Sullivans: Owen's Favorite Books

May 7, 2014

Owen's Favorite Books

One of the many, many things we love about Owen is that he LOVES books!

He will gladly sit down in almost anyone's lap to hear them read him a book. He'll even let me read him the newspaper sometimes, if there are pictures, of course. He likes all of his books, but there are about dozen or so that he has a certain affinity for. He's drawn to them like we're drawn to some of our own favorite books or movies. He'll happily sit and pretend to read his books to himself, vaguely piecing together the parts he remembers while I get dressed.

It's been a long time since I shared some of Owen's favorite books. His taste in books has changed a little bit from what he liked when he was 8 months-old! He's also much less likely to try and eat his books these days! 


Toddlers like familiarity and predictability, so we read these books over and over -- we all, even Owen, have them memorized at this point. They've become family favorites, you could say. I know that someday in the future I'll come across them and they'll remind me of these busy, sweet, silly days.

Dinosaur Roar- Keith picked this book out for Owen, and he's really proud of having picked such a favorite. The book is all about opposites, specifically in dinosaurs.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar- A classic, and one of my personal favorites. I love Eric Carle's artwork. Owen likes to pretend to eat all the food in the book.Warning: Might initiate a post bath, pre-bedtime snack request when read before bed.

Red Truck- If your child likes The Little Blue Truck books they will probably like this book too. It's about a tow truck heading out in the snow to help a school bus full of children. The book starts off by telling you "red truck is a tow truck, a work truck NOT a show truck" and I always joke with Owen and ask him if the tow truck is a show truck and he gets pretend mad and says "No mommy! NOT a show truck!" He thinks it's silly.

Good Night San Francisco- A fun book for people in our area! They make them for lot of other big cities (NYC, Boston, Philly, Los Angeles, etc. ) and many states too. Similar to Good Night Moon (another fave!) the book caries you through saying goodnight to our surroundings, in this case it's San Francisco landmarks like the Academy of Science, the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, etc.

Down by the Bay- We like to make up our own lyrics to the song when we take road trips (things like "...for if I do my mother would say, "Did you ever see a Gorilla with hella skrilla?" or "Did you ever see a Chetta eating a fajita" Try it yourself, it's fun!

Jamberry- This is one of my favorites that I kind of pushed on Owen and he finally loves it too! I love the illustrations and the rhyming throughout the book. It makes me want to take Owen berry picking!


B Is for Bulldozer- I can credit this book with giving me a daily refresher on the names of all the "worker trucks" Owen loves so much. The book takes readers through the alphabet as you tour a construction site where a theme park is being built. We usually read this one 2-3 times through before moving on to another book.

The Fire Engine Book- Owen obviously loves this book, as it makes him feel like he's riding along on the fire engine with the fire fighters! I love the vintage look of the pictures and fire engines, as well as the fact that it was first published in the 1950s. Also, it's only $3.41 on Amazon right now!


What are your family's favorite books? We're always adding new books to our collection, so I would love to hear your suggestions!

17 comments:

Jess Beer said...

Love this! I'm always looking for books Abbie can grow into, and some of these look like keepers! Wish I had suggestions for you!

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

I totally remember Jamboree!! I love collecting books for the baby. Anything dog related pretty much goes home with us. Also all those Good Night books are adorable. Already purchased Good Night Beach!

Jenny said...

Love this list! I think i'm going to check out the Red Truck book as Callie loves the Blue Truck books (ps did you know there's a xmas one coming out this fall?!). Some of our favorites are Polar Bear Polar Bear, I love you stinky face, Where's Spot & Time for Bed

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

We love Jamberry around here -- though it did take a few readings to really get the tempo down :) Sandra Boynton books are big for us and anything Eric Carle. Kiernan just got a TON of books for her birthday, so I'm sure we'll have a few new faves soon.

the.bain.family. said...

I love reading Jamberry during berry picking season :) Rory wasn't that into it last spring/summer but maybe she will be more so this time around.

Karra Tipton said...

I just got goodnight Oregon & it is one of our favs! I need to pick up this Jamberry book, too! Thanks for the list LOVED it.

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

Great books! I have seen Jamberry on everyone's list but i haven't read it. I might have to get that one since it's on everyone's favorite list.

Laureen said...

We are book LOVERS!! Thanks for the great list, might need to add some of these to a bday list.. :)

E Hayes said...

We have a bunch of favorites too, slowly we replace some with others, but it's usually the same each night. We have Good Night Beach and Good Night Farm, love them both too :)

hello erin said...

love this list! we're always looking for more books. . . especially because currently "not that tutu" is stuck on repeat in this casa!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Ooh, I'm gonna have to check out Red Truck & B is for Bulldozer; they sound like ones that Liam would love. Right now, he is particularly into Goodnight Train, Steam Train Dream Train, & Make Way for Ducklings (long but he loves it)!

AllThingsYummy said...

I just picked up Jamberry at the library and my daughter loves it.

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

Oh man, I forgot about Down by the Bay! I think I need to get that ASAP for Aislynn.

Laura H said...

Fun, I am totally going to look in to some of these books for my daugther! I did a very similar post a couple of weeks ago! Here are a few of my daughter's favorites: http://www.edconfetti.blogspot.com/2014/04/books-toddlers.html#.U2zz2PldXHU

Elizabeth {Chasin' Mason} said...

Love your list! Dear Zoo and Brown Bear Brown Bear are current favorites over here!

Jennifer said...

Love this!! So glad you posted this list, I need to stock up on books for baby Jud! There are WAY too many Fancy Nancy books in the playroom :)

cynthia said...

Love these kinds of posts, I added a couple of these to my Amazon wishlist for the future! We have Good Night San Diego, and also Good Night Yellowstone (where my mom has worked the past few summers).
My son will be one next week (sob!!) and his current favorites are Brown Bear, Brown Bear (& Polar Bear), Five Little Monkeys, Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Welcome Song for Baby (which we don't so much read as look at the pictures and then he KISSES THEM! I die!! http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Song-Baby-Richard-Camp/dp/1551436612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400259043&sr=1-1&keywords=welcome+song+for+baby)
He is really into turning the pages lately. I just let him and read whatever words I can get in before he turns it. My boyfriend tries to read really fast before he turns it, or he just sort of paraphrases the page while it's being turned. Pretty cute to watch. :-)