As a native English speaker living in a non-English-speaking country, finding good English language children’s books is tough. I’ve picked up plenty of German books for my husband to read to our son, but that doesn’t help me (we’re raising him bilingually, so I speak only English with him). I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss, but there’s only so much Green Eggs and Ham one can take. This is my first child, and I haven’t really been around kids at all before this, so I don’t know any more recently written books. My son’s book collection contains books I liked as a kid, and that’s about it.
My son, who’s now 19 months old, is getting to the point where he can learn things from books. I want to introduce him to concepts like potty training, or get a great bedtime book, but there’s no place to go to browse through stacks of books for that one perfect one. I’ve come to rely on the reviews on Amazon, then I’ve ordered the books with the best ratings, and more often than not, I’ve been extremely disappointed. So many of the children’s books out there show babies in cribs, or having a bottle before bedtime. There’s Leo the mouse who’s parents won’t let him in bed with them, leaving him to wander the house at night until he realizes dreaming is fun and returns to his bed.
Sure, I guess eventually my son will move on to his own bed, but what about now? He sleeps between my husband and I. What will he think of this book? I started to wonder, are there good children’s books out there for attachment parenting families?
After a Google search, I found only one site listing books, The Whole Family: Children’s Books for the Attachment Parenting Family. Before I make another book order, I’m going to take a look at the books on this list.
Do you have any favorite children’s books?