Henry’s Favorite Books + A BabyLit Giveaway!

BabyLit Books

BabyLit Books

I started reading to Henry the week we brought him home from the hospital. It was kind of my default. When I was so tired I couldn’t think of anything to do with him or say to him, I would sit him in his little baby chair and we would look at books. And I swear, even though he was just a handful of days old, he liked it. And he still does! That kid has always loved to look at books. These days he helps us turn pages.

Back then and still now, months later, some of his very favorites are the BabyLit books. Ryan and I stumbled across them while we were making our baby registry and went nuts. They’re brilliant! They’re board books, with modern takes on the classics, and they teach basic concepts like numbers, colors, opposites, animals, and more. But what I love most are the illustrations. They’re just gorgeous. And it makes it so fun to read as a parent — I always find myself flipping through them because they’re so lovely to look at.

Back in the day when he was teeny tiny, Henry’s favorite was Huck Finn. Maybe because I read it with an accent? Or maybe because he liked the pictures of the outdoors — he’s a nature-loving kid. These days, he loves Moby Dick. Which, come to think of it, I also read with an accent. (A salty ship captain accent, obviously.)

BabyLit Books

BabyLit Books


I just treasure these books and I love imagining Hank as an older kid reading the original versions of these abbreviated classics. Can you imagine?! One day my tiny person will be old enough to read all of The Jungle Book. I can’t even handle that.

And gang, in the hopes that you’ll love these books as much as we do, I’ve got not one but TWO giveaways for you! Here on the blog, we’re giving away a super cool Moby Dick set! You have the chance to win the Moby Dick book, play set, puzzle, and tote. See the Rafflecopter below for all the ways to enter.

And if you can’t get enough, head over to my Instagram where we are giving away an Alice in Wonderland set! Big thanks to BabyLit for inspiring our tiny people to love to read. xoxo

BabyLit Books

Product for this post and giveaway graciously provided by BabyLit. All opinions are my very own.

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  1. Rebecca on said:

    Love these! I hadn’t heard of baby lit and I’m so excited! Thanks for the introduction <3

  2. J on said:

    When I was really young I loved my Winnie the Pooh books. When I got a little older , Ella Enchanted.

  3. Kimberly on said:

    Goodnight Moon was my favorite book as a kid. Now that I’m a mom, I get to read it to my kids and they like it, too!

  4. Nicole B on said:

    Goodnight Moon

  5. keegan on said:

    My favorite book was anything by Dr. Seuss!

  6. Liz on said:

    I was always a big Cinderella fan, step-sisters and all!

  7. Meegan on said:

    I loved the book Rainbow Fish!

  8. Jennifer on said:

    my favorite book as a kid was green eggs and ham by dr suess. I memorized it. I remember saying the entire book to a kid on the school bus.

  9. Aura on said:

    I really enjoyed the Indian in the Cupboard series as a child

  10. Danielle on said:

    My favorite book as a kid was an alphabet book that was all fruits and vegetables. I loved the illustrations in that book!

  11. lesley on said:

    definitely the hungry caterpillar, and then charlotte’s web when i was older

  12. Stephani on said:

    I had a book of poetry and I cannot for the life of me think of the name of it, and I loved anything by Maurice Sendak

  13. Anna on said:

    My favorite book was “Are You My Mother?” It was so simple and sweet.

  14. Chrissy on said:

    There were so many books I loved as a kid! I think my favorite ones were the Wizard of Oz popup books! I miss them.

  15. Emily L. on said:

    As a kid, I loved Madeline! (We LOVE our BabyLit books! Always looking to grow our collection! And they have been wonderful birthday presents 🙂 )

  16. Emily on said:

    The Velveteen Rabbit

  17. Chelsea H. on said:

    Absolutely adore these books. Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity to add to our sons collection

  18. Marie Roe on said:

    I loved the box car children and a book called “how fred the mouse and sam the bear became friends”

  19. Alexandra on said:

    All of the Little House on the Prarie books!!!

  20. Lexi on said:

    I loved the Ramona Quimby books, and The Secret Garden was a favorite! I am so excited about the Babylit edition too!

  21. Ellen Lyons on said:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon was my favorite. I remember I could read it myself by looking at what he was drawing … At least, I thought I was reading it. ?

  22. Ashley on said:

    I loved so many books when I was young. I loved the Giving Tree, Anamalia, and the Merger Mayer Little Critter Books

  23. Gillian on said:

    These Babylit books are my favorite! Luckily, my daughter loves them too!

  24. Rachele W. on said:

    Catundra. I absolutely loved that book…I don’t know why, but I wish I had it to read to my kids now!

  25. mirabelle on said:


  26. Kelly Edwards on said:

    We love BabyLit books! My Margaux’s 1st book was Hound of the Baskervilles when she was a month old and it’s still her favorite over a year later! She loves all her BabyLits so far though! My twist on it is that I’ll only buy ones inspired by books I’ve actually read! That’s how I’m challenging myself to complete the classics! I finished Moby Dick a few months ago, so that’s next on the list!

  27. Susan M. on said:

    Those books are super cute!

  28. Sherell on said:

    The Secret Garden was my favorite! Today is my baby’s 2nd birthday and she would love these books!

  29. Heather on said:

    Oh gosh, I could never pick one favorite! But I know I really liked the books my mom had gotten from a book subscription as a child in the 60s, like Miss Suzy & Bedtime for Frances. My 2 month old and I love looking at books together already! We already have BabyLit’s Pride & Prejudice, and we’d love to add to our collection!

  30. Aimee T. on said:

    The Giving Tree will be my forever favorite one, but I really love the Scaredy Squirrel series now.

  31. Kelsey N on said:

    I was obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series!

  32. Kate L on said:

    Wish BabyLit had been around for my older kids, but my 11-month-old is loving them!

  33. Andrea G on said:

    We have the Baby Lit Pride and Prejudice which we love, so fun!

  34. Brittany on said:

    we love these books at our house too! They’re so cute!

  35. Hannah Olsen on said:

    I absolutely love these babylit books, and would love to win these for my baby that’s coming soon 🙂

  36. Kari on said:

    My favorite book was Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

  37. Cassandra Eastman on said:

    We had a nursery rhyme book that was my favorite as a child!

  38. Kimberly on said:

    Where the wild things are.

  39. Melissa on said:

    Oh my goodness. How have I not heard of them? Not sure I could pick just one, but I need a handful of them for my little Linc. xo

  40. Anne on said:

    As I’m an English major/editor, we love these at our house too! We also love my favorites from childhood too – especially Sandra Boynton’s board books.

  41. Stacy F. on said:

    I can’t remember any small books other than the Lorax that I would read a lot, but otherwise I loved the Wayside Sideways Stories, and Boxcar Children !!!!

  42. Heather in VA on said:

    And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street was my absolute favorite book as a child. I loved how fantastic it all was.

  43. Lisa on said:

    I love these!

  44. Kirsten A on said:

    My favorites were the Ramona series. These are really great!

  45. natalie on said:

    My favorite was Corduroy.

  46. Laurel on said:

    I fell in love – am still in love – with Little House on the Prairie!

  47. Jacque on said:

    Yay! I remember reading Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz!

  48. Amanda on said:

    My favorite was Make Way for Ducklings!

  49. Michelle Lozano on said:

    When my daughter was born, I had recently enrolled in an mfa program. I wasn’t really planning to read to her until she was one, but she was always interested in looking through my school assigned books. One day, I went to s bookstore to pick up na books for school and saw the baby lit books. I took home a few and she had read every single book everyday for about a year now.

  50. Melissa on said:

    This is a wonderful giveaway!

  51. Kate on said:

    The Vera the Mouse books!

  52. Laura on said:

    I absolutely adore BabyLit! As an English teacher, my future babies will be well versed in these stories!

  53. Acsa Harper on said:

    mu favorite books growing up were the Carl series by Alexandra Day

  54. Jen N. on said:

    I read everything I could get my hands on, but I loved the Babysitters Club books.

  55. Porsche on said:

    I loved Go dog, go!

  56. Micki on said:

    I loved everything Dr Suess!

  57. Those pictures are the cutest!!!
    The books, what a great idea–he’ll already have some of the basics in his head!

  58. Mommy Marles on said:

    we love Babylit. Alice in Wonderland is one of our favourites!

  59. Mommy Marles on said:

    My favourite book as a kid was Top & Toby. I still have my copy and have been reading it with my daughter.

  60. Denise on said:

    Anne of Green Gables

  61. Maralee on said:

    I love these books. Such a fun way to introduce kids to the classics. And the illustrations are just so perfect 🙂

  62. Maralee on said:

    Dr Seuss books were my favorite books growing up.

  63. Nicki on said:

    I enjoyed the Barenstein Bear books

  64. Lyka W on said:

    My favorite were Little Critter books by Mercet Meyet

  65. Janet on said:

    Oh dear, I can’t remember 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!. We have these in our library system.

  66. Kate Trayna on said:

    The Giving Tree!!

  67. Lori on said:

    My favorite book as a kid was Lady Lovely Locks about a dog with fairies that lived in its hair if I remember correctly, lol.

  68. Leah on said:

    These would be perfect for my new nursery!

  69. Kristen Cantwell on said:

    Peter Pan!

  70. Amanda on said:

    I have a few of these books for my baby too, and they are awesome! We don’t have Huck Finn or Moby Dick yet so I hope we win!

  71. Kari on said:

    I LOVE these books! I’m due in September and can’t wait to start reading to her! These books are awesome and Moby Dick would be great!

  72. María on said:

    Winnie the Pooh it’s my favorite!

  73. Kim c. on said:

    My first kiddo will arrive in October and this would be perfect for the nursery.

  74. Nick on said:

    Grimm’s Fairy Tales

  75. Haley on said:

    Falling Up, Shel Silverstein

  76. Lea Anna on said:

    I loved, and still love, The Little House

  77. Susan on said:

    Very Hungry Caterpillar

  78. shaunie on said:

    Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite

  79. Christie on said:

    I loved Disney princess books as a kid! These books are amazing. I’m ordering for my girls birthdays!

  80. Dianne on said:

    Goodnight Moon

  81. Aina Y on said:

    Boom Chicka Boom!

  82. Kenny on said:

    Love you Forever..so sweet

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  84. I had so many favorites, it’s hard to pick!! One I was thinking about the other day was “Caps for Sale.” We always used to read that on vacation at Cape Cod.

  85. Karen on said:

    The first book I can remember reading was Little Women

  86. kelly on said:

    i love this! i would love a nursery full of kids books of the “classics” such as moby dick and little women (just to name a few)

  87. Heidi on said:

    These books are perfect! I like so many books. The Secret Garden, The Five Little Peppers, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie…

  88. Lizzie on said:

    We just got our first Babylit book as a 1st birthday gift. The secret Garden and we love it. My favorite book as a child was blueberries for sal!

  89. Courtney on said:

    I haven’t seen most of these, but I just about died when I read the “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility” (Jane Austen is my fave). One of my favorite books as a kid was “Corduroy.” Still love it!

  90. Eva on said:

    My favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham!