In My Library Tote: Good Books for Mom and Toddler

Nothing makes me happier than coming home with a big stack of books from the library. I'm thrilled to report that it makes Jona just as glad. Here are a few books that we've been reading lately.

Books for mom

If you want...

{a nontraditional love story} Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner. Rachel and Andy meet in an ER waiting room as children, and their lives continue to intersect as they grow up. When I see Jennifer Weiner I think "chick lit," which I don't usually love, but this was done well.

{a whirlwind of glamour, riches, and dysfunctional family fun} Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Nick Young invites his American girlfriend Rachel to meet his family and attend a friend's wedding in Singapore. She has no idea that his family is mind-bogglingly wealthy, and that she's arriving with a target on her back as the girlfriend of Singapore's most eligible bachelor. What a fun read.

{to wax nostalgic about your high school English class} Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. This book cannot be compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, although it's next to impossible not to. While you can't argue with Harper Lee's talent when it comes to writing, to me, I just couldn't like or get attached to any of the characters (who should be older and wiser than their Mockingbird counterparts).

{#allthefeels} Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Sydney grows up in the shadow of her charming, popular older brother Peyton. When Peyton goes to prison for a drunk driving accident, she feels even more distanced from her family. She meets Layla and her brother Mac at the public school she transfers to, and finds comfort in their friendship and in getting to know their imperfect, yet loving family. If you're going to read one of these, it's this one I'd most recommend.

Books for toddlers

If you want... 

{an imaginative story} Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus. Buddy the dog has never seen a hedgehog before, so when he meets Earl he doesn't know what to make of him. In trying to figure out what Earl is, he ends up going on quite the adventure and gaining a friend. This one was an adorable, fun read that Jona loved and still likes to talk about. 

{to help your tot understand a move} Boomer's Big Day by Constance W. McGeorge. I picked up this book, about a dog who moves with his family, right before we moved in the hope that it would help Jona understand what was going on. I would tell him, "We are at our new house, just like Boomer had a new house," and while I don't know how much he really understood, I think it helped. 

{a cute story with a moral} The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory. This is a cute story about a group of giraffes trying to have their picture taken, but having trouble because of one giraffe who is shorter than the group. Jona is way too young to understand the lessons about differences and acceptance going on in there, but he sure did love the giraffes and the colorful pictures. 

{a sweet read with frame-worthy illustrations} Waiting by Kevin Henkes. This one isn't very long and there's not a lot to it--5 friends sit at the window and wait for various things to happen. However, this was such a sweet, beautiful little story. 

{entertainment for your little sports fan} Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl. A little boy goes with his family to watch his favorite team play. Jona received this book as a gift and it's become a favorite. The rhyming text and colorful pictures, combined with a subject matter he's thrilled to read about, make it a much-repeated nighttime ritual.

What books have you brought home to read lately? 

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