A couple things you should know about us before you read my book recommendations:
- I took a class on children’s books in college. Based on my tuition costs per semester, that class cost approximately $3,000. That’s how much I like kids’ books.
- I currently spend a decent amount of my waking hours reading to the small people in my house.
- We go to the library and get “new” books every week. #FreeEntertainment
- When we go to the library, Addie is most excited about banging on the keyboards and picking out a movie. Emma is most excited about climbing in and out of the little chairs. Just cultivating a love of learning over here…
- Speaking of love of learning, both of our girls love to read books. And by read, I mean flip through the pages and then throw the books over the banister down the stairs… because what else would you do with a book when you’re done with it?
- But seriously, they do love to be read to.
As Addie gets a little older, and the story lines become more complex than this is a duck, the duck says quack, I have come across a few kids books that make me cry. [Literally…. for all you Parks & Rec enthusiasts] 😉
Here are 3 that get me every time. (If you too love to cry while you read to the little people in your life, you can click the affiliate link* or the picture to be taken to amazon to purchase any of these. Read my full disclosure policy here.)
This darn bear. He starts out looking for a button and ends up finding a friend*. It is way more tear-jerking than I remember.
The Wemmicks are little wooden people, going about the business of rating each other with stars and dots. Winner Wemmicks and loser Wemmicks. Judging one another all day long. Poor little Puchinello… he’s the biggest Wemmick loser of them all. Then he meets a girl who has no dots or stars. They just don’t stick. When he finds out her secret, just be prepared for your tears to flow. You Are Special*(Max Lucado).
I was 37 weeks pregnant with Addie, waddling through Target. So so huge. This end cap of children’s books caught my eye. I picked up a board book with a happy polar bear on it and started thumbing through it. I actually assumed it’d be a lame, cheesy, Christian kids book. Before I knew it, I was crying. In Target. Real tears. I couldn’t stop. I threw it in my cart and wrapped it up for Ben as a Christmas present. My parents, brother, and his girlfriend (now wife) came to Lincoln that Christmas, being as I was quite great-with-child. Ben opened the aforementioned book, and he started thumbing through it, reading it aloud like a nice daddy-to-be. Before long, he was crying. Obviously, I cried again. Everyone else politely listened and laughed
at with us. It’s a great gift to give to your expectant friend or family member. Especially if you want to see her do the ugly-cry in front of a group.
Okay, okay. If I had to pick a 4th, it would be the cliche, Love You Forever*. I don’t want to cry in this book, I actually don’t love reading it this much. But when the grown-up boy picks up his dying mother and sings “As long as I’m living, my mommy you’ll be,” I get all circle-of-life-teary-eyed.
and, anything by Sandra Boynton. If you’ve never read her books, go get them for your favorite toddler. They’re all short, small, square board books. And they’re so funny. She has more than 15, but our personal favorites (in no particular order) are:
I know there are a ton of other great toddler books out there, but in our house, all those ones are the ones that have been taped over and over and are missing covers. What are your kids’ faves? Any tear jerkers that I missed?