Category Archives: Kids’ Books

39 Of Our Favorite Children’s Picture Books About Animals

We read approximately 5.2 million kids’ books about animals with Boy Detective when he was still in the picture-book reading phase. These are some of our favorites. Some you’ve possibly not heard about, some are pretty popular, but all of them are fantastic. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My picture book posts were originally published and then occasionally expanded… Read more »

17 of our Favorite Silly Children’s Picture Books

Silly is one of our family’s favorite things. Boy Detective loves to laugh, and it doesn’t take much to get him giggling. I’m more of a hard sell. To make me laugh, you have to bring funny AND clever. The following books were perfect for both of us, and many got at least a chuckle from C-Man as well. (Disclosure:… Read more »

Our 13 Favorite Children’s Picture Books About Dragons

My kid, like many others, loved imaginary creatures when he was little. Fairies were often his #1 pick, but dragons followed right behind. Dragons get more high-quality attention than fairies in children’s picture books, so it’s a bit easier to find good kids’ books about dragons. Here are our favorites! They’re so good I’d also recommend them to an adult… Read more »

14 Great Children’s Picture Books About Nature, Science, & Space

Some topics might not come up when you’re asking a kid “What do you want to read about next?” In our house, “space” and “science” were on the list, but I don’t think “nature” ever surfaced. It’s too big, or vague? However, the following children’s books about nature and the natural world – along with books about space and science… Read more »

6 Winning Children’s Picture Books About Sports

What I know about sports could fit on an index card, but I know a good children’s book. So here are some of our favorite children’s picture books about sports, from a mom who loves books and a kid who loved books AND sports. Boy Detective enjoyed these in his preschool and early elementary years, and I also genuinely liked… Read more »

13 Great Audiobooks for Kids (And Their Grownups)

Audiobooks have made so many of our three-hour drives from Austin to Houston so easy, and also made our drives to and from school far more relaxing. Here’s a list of our “greatest hits” list so far, arranged (roughly) from youngest to oldest audiences – within a range of older elementary to lower YA. The way my life is organized… Read more »

6 of the Best Children’s Books About Ninjas, Samurai, and Martial Arts

Some things are totally fun for make believe, but you’d never want them around in real life. Pirates, dinosaurs, Jedi battles, etc. Basically anything where you get in fights or get eaten. Ninjas fall into this category. Pretend ninjas, though, are just silently cool and acrobatic. Despite the common childhood fascination with pretend ninjas, I always had trouble finding as… Read more »

4 Children’s Picture Books About Fairies That Adults Can Love Too

Fairies are possibly the most under-represented imaginary population in quality children’s picture books. My son has always loved fairies, and it’s taken extensive digging in the Austin Public Library catalog to create even this short list. And forget about finding any diversity, so far. But here are the children’s books about fairies that have warmed my heart, through their charm… Read more »

17 Children’s Books for Pet Lovers of All Ages

I’ve already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorite children’s books about non-cat, non-dog pets. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My picture book posts were published and then… Read more »