Henry’s Favorite Books + A BabyLit Giveaway!

May 5 2015 |

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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93 thoughts on “Henry’s Favorite Books + A BabyLit Giveaway!”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

  8. 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. ?

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

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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 !!!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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)

  27. 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…

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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