Thursday, January 17, 2013

Top 10 Best Children’s Books that Cultivate Family Bonding

the Best Children’s books That help Pull our family Together.

I don’t read many home blogs. It’s not because I don’t like them, I know if  I don’t limit myself, my inbox will explode. Then I’d spend my entire Saturday looking at ideas and not implementing one thing that inspires me.

Of the handful that I peak at, Emily at Jones Design Company is one blog I could linger around for a while. Her daughter’s bedroom is what inspired me to ask  my mom to make this project in my daughter, Lilly’s, room.

I seriously want her to visit my house and do a makeover.

I also don’t participate in many linky parites either. But when she mentioned her link up for a Book link-up party, I literally popped up in my seat.

Books for Family Bonding

I’ve made a list of books we love to read during Easter and Christmas, but books that we love to read just for fun is something I’ve not yet done.

Here at our house, we are huge fans of Children’s Literature. Maybe it stems from my background in education and my husband having a teacher as a mom, or maybe it’s because of the idea of my children remembering the sound of my voice as they think of books I’ve read to them as they get older.

Feb 08 - Joel LaDonna Reading 01

But if you come to our house you’ll see our love spilled all over the place.

They’re in the playroom


Joel’s room


Lilly’s room


and they’re even hidden in the built-ins of our living room.


Even when we go to the library, you can easily spot us with our huge laundry basket toting around books we plan to read for the following weeks.

I thought accumulating a few books from our personal stash would take some digging, but really all I had to do is look for the books with busted binders, torn pages, and chewed up corners.

When I pulled them out to take a few pictures, I knew I had struck gold when Lilly found some of them on the couch and sat still for about 15 minutes looking through them. I heard her say to herself, “You scratch duh horsie like dis an is sof.”

Oh my mom heart just burst.

Here is the list that makes us all pile up on the couch and create memories:

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Widler (this is fantastic for winter time snuggling)

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (her art work is magical)

The Story of Jesus by Patricia Pingry (any book by her is good)

Tom by Tommie dePaola (I laughed out loud very hard while reading this to the kids at the library one time)

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (every child’s library should have at least one of his books)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (this sets the stage for bedtime)

Playtime Peekaboo by DK Publishing (I have the flaps taped)

I love you, Good Night by Jon Butler (and no, I did not pay $200 for this book, we got ours at Barnes and Noble around Valentine’s Day one year for less than $10)

Tuesday by David Weisner (Joel and Jeremiah read this at night sometimes and I can hear their laughter echoing through the halls)

The Velveteen Rabbit (after posing a question to my facebook likers, this was a majority winner. Nearly all who participated in the conversation suggested this book.)

Both of my kid’s had a book party for their first birthday, and with all the other books I’ve collected from being a teacher and a mom, these are the best children’s books that cultivate togetherness in our family.


  1. I LOVE your blog and the tone with which you write and chronicle your life and faith and Motherhood. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for reading. I love that I get to see you on and off the screen!!!

  2. I just love books....I could do without almost anything else in the playroom (maybe some art supplies) but books...LOVE THEM!

    1. I feel the same way. Books take us to places we could never imagine.

  3. Thank you so much for including one of my books in your collection!

    1. Dear Ms. Tillman,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I am so honored for you to have your name here at Santa Beso. May many magical works of art come from your hands and into the hearts of children.

  4. I just finished reading Little House in the Big Woods to my class. It's such a wonderful classic...I have my mother's "Little House" set from the 1970's!

    1. How sweet!! I'm sure your students will remember you reading it to them too. Such a great book for winter.


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