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Arik's Bookshelf

Arik's Bookshelf

(as of July 2022)

As you may already know I love reading to my son (link to blog), so I thought I'd show you all the awesome books he has on that shelf. These are in no particular order, but I will mention how I got each of these books/sets.


Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I received this book through the Imagination Library. If you haven't signed your child up for this yet, do it! It's free, and it's fantastic! Also, I remember the very hungry caterpillar as a child, but I had no idea that he had his own world outside of that book. Way to go Eric Carle!

Baby Loves the Five Senses Box Set by Ruth Spiro

I bought this box set, and both my son and I love them! I highly recommend this set.

Harry Potter Box Set by J.K. Rowling

I bought this box set, because I lost my set years ago. We can share, right?

Why a Son needs a Dad by Gregory E. Lang

I bought this book for my husband for a gift during our baby shower.

All Year Round by Amy Pixton

This book was a gift, and if you haven't heard of Indestructibles, look it up! This friend introduced me to them, and they're amazing! Chew proof (Arik tested this out of course), Tear proof (And day one I tried, being the non believer that I am!), and washable?! It's the real deal!

Let's go outside! by Amy Pixton

Another gift, another indestructible, still love them!

Biscuit's Snowy Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

I got this book as a gift during my pregnancy from a friend of mine. People like to give us dog things, and I'm definitely not going to object, because Arik and I love dogs!

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

A classic that I remember, but didn't remember once I read it? Maybe there are different renditions, or perhaps I just remember the important part. The little engine did it! This book was a book from the Imagination Library, again sign up if you haven't already. You'll be happy you did!

123s of D&D by Ivan Van Norman

Yes, nerd alert (also do you see that dog on the cover, wouldn't you say it looks similar to a border collie :p)! This book was given by a friend, and it's so much fun! Makes me want to play Dungeons and Dragons again!

Things that Go by Scarlett Wing

This book was a gift, and it's cover says exactly what it's about! Lift-A-Flap books are always fun, another creative way for your child to learn how to "turn the page".

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

We bought this book, because, of course. Not much else needs to be said except that it's adorable, and beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

We actually ended up with two copies of these (I gave one to a baby friend), we bought one before our son was born and another was given to us by a friend. This book is a classic, we've all read it as a child, so of course I'll be reading it to mine.

Buddy Dogs Busy Day A Taggies Adventure

This book was a gift, and I was like "Taggies adventure? That sounds dumb." Well, I was wrong. Apparently taggies are pretty nifty to kids, plus he squeaks which the dog's also get a kick out of! Win-Win in this household! If you haven't,

take a chance with Taggies! P.S. every toy that I thought was dumb for the dogs or cats, were always winners too. So, you never know until you try!

Star Trek Cats by Jenny Parks

Another nerd alert! This book was a gift, and hilarious, yet cute! I mean duh - cats! If you like cats and you like Star Trek (even if you don't have kids!), then you'll like this book.

Doggies by Sandra Boynton

This book was a gift, but if I didn't get at my baby shower I would have bought it anyway. Doggies, counting, and barking. It's a no brainer at our house. On top of that nostalgia, I also had this book as a child.

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

This book was a gift, and I simply adore it. It's so cute, and the art is beautiful. I'd buy it for that alone!

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

This book was another from the Imagination Library. This is a basic patriotic book, only a few words each page. Another beautifully illustrated book though! The copy I have is also bilingual.

I love you like No Otter by Rose Rossner

We bought this book when we first decided to start trying for a baby <3 It's a very easy, adorable, and another beautifully illustrated book.

The Naughty Puppy by Susie Linn

I saw this book randomly at the store, saw that it had a border collie on it and was like "okay". Once I read it, I was glad I took a chance on it based off it's cover. Fidget is a typical puppy, but a good boy!

Peek A Who from Scholastic

I bought this book the same time I bought "The Naughty Puppy". You have to have at least one touchy feely book on your baby bookshelf!

Dolly Parton's Coat of many colors by Dolly Parton

You guessed it! This book is from the Imagination Library (Dolly Parton's Imagination Library if you haven't already figured that out out!)

Look out Kindergarten, here I come! by Nancy Carlson

Well, Arik is not quite there yet, but I still appreciate it from the Imagination Library!

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

Violet isn't like the other kids, she's inquisitive. But, when it comes to helping vs winning a competition Violet chooses to be kind. This book also came from The Imagination Library. P.S. She has a doggy friend!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

This book is pretty cute, I didn't realize I'd like it as much as I did! I also just learned while I was pulling up the link on amazon for you, that the gruffalo has a child! Now, I'm curious, so you know that will be added to Arik's library sooner rather than later! This book also came from the Imagination Library.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

From the Imagination Library.

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

From the Imagination Library. Daniel talks to his park animal friends and learns what a poem means.

Where is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz

This book was a gift. It's another fun lift-a-flap book. It's fun pointing out "nose", "belly button", etc. with your baby while you go through the book.

Peekaboo Sophie! by Dawn Sirett

This is another lift-a-flap book, by the same friend. This one also has subtle texture changes on each of the critters.

Mama Do You Love Me? Book set by Barbara M Joosse

This book was a gift. The Mama book takes place in Alaska, while the Papa book takes place in Africa. It's a nice set showing that both parents love their young ones. Since most children books do lean more towards Mothers.

Baby's First Words (Sassy) by Grosset & Dunlap

This book was from the Imagination Library. It's another simple worded book, that's bilingual (English and Spanish).

Once There Was a Boy... by Oliver Jeffers

This box set comes with three books, our favorite is the "Lost and Found" one. This book set was a gift from a friend.

Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein

Another book from the Imagination Library! This book is cute, it's all about how Tad is a busy boy and Dad can't wait until he can get some sleep! But, when the time comes guess who needs who.

Arik also has a high contrast black and white fabric book, that has no words. This book was a gift, and so I don't know anymore about it!

That's a total of 46 books! How many books does your child have on their shelf? Is there any book that really stands out to you? I'd love to read them!


* There are links above that are affiliate links, they do not cost you any extra but amazon does share a profit with me if you purchase anything. Thank you for your support!

* I am not affiliated with the imagination library, I just really like them!

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