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Choosing Books for Baby Kiwi

Book reviews by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Blog

Yes, it’s true, I hauled a stack of books all the way to New Zealand to share with my Kiwi grandbabies. We are a book-loving family, no question about it. My children’s love of reading has been cultivated since practically day one.

Jared asked me the other night what my favorite part of being a mom was and I said reading out loud to my children and sharing my favorite books with them as they grew older. I am already looking forward to reading out loud to my grandchildren (even as I suffer through Percy Jackson and The Hobbit with Apollo).

Some of My Favorite Books to Grow Your Baby’s Love of Reading

Research shows that reading aloud to your baby helps them develop language faster! Take advantage of these early years and develop a love of reading from day one!

Great Board Books to Grow Your Baby's Love of Reading.

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Some of these books were sent to me for review by the publishers. I received no compensation for this post.

Kindness Rules Review

Kindness Rules

Kindness Rules is a whimsical book that shares basic courtesy, kindness, and manners to children. This board book with its contrasting colors are sure to draw toddlers in. Tilly was really excited to see this book in the pile I brought for Baby Kiwi. This is a great book to start teaching kindness (something we all need to practice) from the beginning.

That's Me Loving You Review. Another great board book to grow your baby's love of reading.

That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Teagan White

This is a story of a parent’s never-ending love for their child. Written as a poem with illustrations of children and parents in nature, this book strives to demonstrate that a parent’s love can be seen all around th child. This book is perfect for any young child who struggles with separation or anxiety.

Is That Your Dad Review?

Is That Your Dad: A Changing Faces Book

Is That Your Dad is a fun board book created so the faces of the animals change as you turn the page. It is the classic story of an animal going from one creature to the next looking for their dad. I know my toddlers always thought these types of books here hilarious. And want to know a secret? Jared was looking at the books I brought and laughing with delight as he read this one.

I Heart Art Review

I Heart Art: Work We Love From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A charming, chunky book filled with more than 150 works we love from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” This book is not a board book but is still a great introduction to art for a young child. The pages are nice and thick and this is a graet way to introduce your child to a huge variety of art.

Dr Suess First 100 Words Review. Perfect first word book to grow your baby's love of reading.

Dr. Seuss’s First 100 Words

This is your basic word book with a delightful twist of Dr. Seuss…and honestly, who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? I am saving this book to take to Percy in August. He is just beginning to talk I think it will be so much fun to read with him. This First 100 Words book is a sturdy board book that will hold up great to his active little hands.

My Magical Mermaid Review. This book will help your cultivate your baby's love of reading.

My Magical Mermaid by Yujin Shin

And obviously, any board book about mermaids is going to Ben and Iris’s children. If you don’t know why it’s probably because you don’t know the story of The Mermaid Proposal (that’s your cue to go check it out).

And for those of you who checked it out…why did I upload such small versions of the photos? I will definitely fix that when I’m back home to my hard drive.

Diary of a Friendly Awesome Kid. Diary of a Wimpy kids books are great for growing your child's love of reading.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books are Great to Grow Your Older Child’s Love of Reading

Diary of a Friendly Awesome Kid by Jeff Kinney

We are big fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. We own them all. To be honest, when a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes out, there is always a fight over who gets to read it. So you can imagine our excitement when we saw Diary of a Friendly Awesome Kid, Rowley’s version of life was coming out. I had this book pre-ordered on Amazon and was so excited when it came in the mail.

Let me assure you Diary of a Friendly Awesome Kids does not disappoint. It is as funny and entertaining as the Wimpy Kid books and will make you love Rowley even more.

What books are you currently reading with or to your children?



  1. Kayla

    I’m a big believer in reading aloud to babies, toddlers, preschoolers, all the way up to highschool. I’m amazed by how just listening to good literature has formed my kids into strong writers.
    We had a selection of board books for the babies. I think mostly from Costco honestly and chosen because I remembered them from my childhood. Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, 10 Apples Up On Top, the Hungry Little Caterpillar. Toddler books were mainly Dr. Seuss books my husband had started collecting before we got married. Preschool books were anything and everything from the library, as soon as I could trust the kiddos to not rip or color in them Good memories!

  2. thissquirrelsnest

    My kids are currently in love with any book that involves New Zealand birds, especially Pukekos and Keas. A favorite is Squishy Squashy Birds which is a book about a book of birds. Our favorite line is ” I can’t fly and my eyesight may be weak, but I have the longest nose by far and this book is a pain in the beak.

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