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My Favorite Children's Books (So Far!)

Monday, February 18, 2019

I posted on IG stories this weekend about sorting through all of the children's books I've either bought or received as gifts just trying to get things organized.  And while I was trying to organize those books, I started flipping through some of them and instantly started crying as I was reading them!  I don't know how I'll ever make it through reading these books at bedtime 😂

**One that I didn't take a picture of because it's actually in our bedroom is The Jesus Storybook Bible.  This is a MUST and I cannot wait to read this every single night!  And I highly recommend this for any age....whether you are 6 months or 60 years old!

**When we first began discussing adoption, I was very contentious about buying books that featured characters of all races.  I've noticed lots of children's books have all white characters, and regardless of the race of the child we adopt, I wanted to make sure that our children's books feature a wide variety of races being represented.  Even if you have biological children, I challenge you to look at the characters in your children's books and see which races are dominant.


I ordered this book from Amazon and when it came in one day, I read it out loud to Dustin while he was fixing himself food in the kitchen.  I had to stop midway to hold back tears.  This book is so beautifully written (if you've never listened to Shai Linne's music, you need to!!) and encourages the celebration of diversity because God made us that way!  You shouldn't say you are "colorblind" because you aren't and that discounts the fact that God made us different colors--and we should see that a celebration of who God is!



I bought this book when I realized that getting pregnant was going to be much harder than I expected it would be.  As I flipped through this book while organizing, I came across the page that talked about the first time holding your baby and that's when I lost it.



My mom bought this book for me in 2007 and wrote me a really sweet note on the title page.  This book is similar to I'll Love You Forever so a really sweet book!



This book is another one with the message of celebrating the different colors God made us. But this one also talks about how God loves color because of all the different colors in nature--it's a great book, too!!



When we announced our adoption, we did so with a newborn gown with a lamb on it.  So lambs became a semi-theme of the nursery.  My mom bought me this book one day after we got matched with our baby, and it goes along with the Jellycat lambs we have!



My mom got Dustin a bunch of children's books for his last birthday with the theme of being a daddy and this was one of them.  I love this one because it's about the love a daddy has for his children and how he protects them.



My bff Janie surprised me with this book (the author of this is the same author of The Jesus Storybook Bible)!  This one made me cry because it's all about how your family is your family and your house is your home--something that's I've really thought a lot about with adoption since I will not physically birth our child.  And this book really reiterates that message without really doing so--if that makes sense haha!



Another Sally Lloyd-Jones books (can you tell I love her), this one is about the celebration of the gifts that God has given us and how He has given us all different gifts.  So what one person has isn't the same as yours--beautiful illustrations, too!



This is a board book that focuses on counting to 10 all while thanking God for making every part of you!  This book really helps point out that God is your creator and you were made wonderfully!


These aren't all of the books I have, nor will these be the last books I own!  If you have a favorite, please leave me a comment so I can add it to my list on Amazon!

6 comments:

  1. Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman is one of my favorites - always makes me tear up! Thanks for sharing, adding some of these to our wish list :)

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  2. Our munchkin loves the Charlie the Ranch Dog books by Ree Drummond (if you want something a little lighter, haha!). We also like Dr. Seuss and the Olivia books (those are fun since she is an Olivia, but they are really funny, too!). Can't wait to see your precious little one! I know you are counting the hours!

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  3. Matthew Paul Turner has beautiful books. I loved the preview of his new book, When I Pray For You. http://matthewpaulturner.com/

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  4. I also love Sally Lloyd-Jones, and the Jesus Storybook Bible was such an important part of my children's lives. And I got so much out of it too! I remember one of our favorite bedtime books was Time for Bed by Mem Fox. I'm so excited for y'all! Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

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  5. We have that Someday book for Olivia and it makes me cry every single time I read it. I'm so thankful that you'll be reading these to your own sweet baby soon. I cannot wait to "meet" that little one. <3

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  6. All the praise hands for your note about seeking out diverse books! We need more of them, that's for sure. Lovely round up you have here.

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