Let's Talk About Books, Baby
Disclaimer: Contains affiliate links. The books listed did not come out in 2017 but this is the year that I either purchased and read them or borrowed them from the library and read them. These are the ones that made it onto my favorites list!
I've been an avid reader since I was a child and that hasn't changed as I've become an adult. Our house is filled with hundreds of books spread out on six different shelves (two bookshelves are just for kids books)! To say that I'm obsessed would be an understatement. One of the first things I did when I was pregnant with Wyatt was buy baby and kid books. We made monthly trips to Half Price Books (to my husbands great annoyance) and began filling shelves before our baby was even born. The following 10 books (five kids and five adult) are the ones that have really stuck out for me this past year. I hope you see something you haven't seen before and perhaps discover a new favorite for yourself!
These two books are at the very top of my list! They are filled with magical rhymes and mythical creatures. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and I can not recommend these highly enough.
I was not raised to be particularly socially conscious, but as an adult it is very important to me. My son may not be old enough to understand yet, but books like this are and will continue to be a staple on our shelves. This book tells the story of segregation through a story and illustration that young kids can understand.
He's a pout-pout fish with a pout-pout face. The first time I read this book to Wyatt I laughed out loud at the story. The rhymes are silly and fun and you can't help but really get into the reading. The cute illustrations of the ocean scenes and the pouty main fish don't hurt either!
This book is amazing! it's large with thick pages for little hands. Each page is filled with texture, cut outs and raised letters, and bright colors will keep your kids occupied and learning. Wyatt is a little young to be learning ABCs but he loves feeling all the different things on these pages!
I originally bought this book as a gift for my husbands little sister who dreams of being a "sea turtle rescuer" and studying the ocean. After flipping through it before wrapping it up, I ended up buying a second copy for my own kid shelf. The book highlights 50 different women in the sciences and, alongside excellent illustrations, educates the next generation on these fascinating ladies.
As I embarked on a new venture this year (Doing Business and Raising Babies!), this book was a lifesaver. I originally checked out the ebook through my local library and it resonated with me so much, I ended up buying a copy for myself to mark up (yes, I mark pages) and even purchased a second copy for my husbands older sister who also started a new website this year. It is filled with wisdom and inspiration and I dare you to read through the whole thing without having a major epiphany!
I always knew Carrie Fisher was an author but I didn't pick up one of her books until after her death. This book was raw and honest and funny and I highly recommend it to any Star Wars fan looking for a deeper glimpse into that world. I also read her book Wishful Drinking this year and loved it as well.
Like Big Magic, I dare you to read this and not be hugely inspired. While some of it was a little out there for me, there was so much good advice that I really applied and learned from.
Inspiring in a different way, Wild follows the story a woman on a mission to change her life after the death of her mother and a downward spiral into drugs and divorce. I will admit, I only became interested in reading this after watching the Gilmore Girls revival and just got around to reading it in November 2017. It was full of strength and humor and was heartbreaking and inspiring.
I have a weird relationship with this book. I have never actually read it all the way through. It's one of those books that sits on my shelf and when I'm feeling lost, uninspired, or have hit a low point, I just pick it up and read a bit and it always has the right thing to say. It's very odd, I admit, but I highly recommend it. It's full of wisdom and inspiring messages and even has workbook type pages for you to use. I have had this book for four years and my copy is filled with pencil marks and highlight and sticky notes and I still have quite a ways to go. Highly recommend if you want to be challenged and inspired on a very deep level. It'll blow your mind, I promise.