IGC Children's Book Picks

We picked our favorite children's books for you! 

in good company loves using children's books as cards when attending baby showers or a child's birthday. Here is our unconventional book list so you don't show up with the same book as everyone else. 

ALL THE WORLD
Written by Liz Garton Scanlon
Why we like it: All the world is about how many things the world can be and is. It is filled with all of these scenes of different families that converge at the end when a storm rolls in and they all go to the same beachside restaurant for a warm meal. The families show diversity in ethnicity and structure which is refreshing. 

 

CORDUROY
Written by Don Freeman
Why we like it: This book teaches the lesson that just because something is broken or missing, does not mean you are broken or unwanted. It also shows a child purchasing something with their own money. 

 

GRUMPY MONKEY
Written by Suzanne Lang 
Why we like it: It reminds littles AND the adults that it’s okay to be grumpy. There are a bunch of ways to fake being happy (and all of Grumpy Monkey’s friends make him do each one throughout the book). 


HALLO-WIENER 
Written by Dav Pilkey
Why we like it: This book highlights a little wiener dog who dresses up as a hot dog for Halloween and in his silly costume, he saves the day. This book teaches how to always teach others with kindness regardless of how they have treated you. 

 

I'VE LOVED YOU SINCE FOREVER
Written by Hoda Kotb
Why we like it: This book talks about how a parent and a child are meant to be and uses the symbol of two stars to show this relationship throughout the book. It has beautiful and colorful imagery. It would be especially a good book for a family with adopted children; Hoda dedicated this book to her adopted daughter. 

 

POTTY
Written by Leslie Patricelli 
Why we like it: This is the perfect book to give to your child when they are getting potty curious or you just need them to be distracted so YOU can go to the potty. 

 

SNAIL AND THE WHALE
Written by Julia Donaldson 
Why we like it: This book teaches that regardless of how “weak” or “strong” we think we are; you can make big things happen. A modern twist on the old tiger and mouse storyline. 

 

THELMA THE UNICORN
Written by Aaron Blabey
Why we like it: The entire book rhymes and Shannon likes to turn it into a little bit of a rap. This book teaches how it’s best to just be yourself. 

 

TIGER FAMILY TRIP
Inspired by Fred Rogers; Written by Becky Friedman
Why we like it: This is a GREAT book to introduce to your woddler/toddler before a road trip. It primes your little for all the things they will see along the road and hopefully puts the “are we there yet” questions a little at bay. There is also a mini-movie (20ish minutes). 

 

WHAT IF I KNOW MY FEELINGS 
Written by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
Why we like it: This book helps children identify feelings by monsters' facial expressions. It also correlates the feeling to the action ie. What if I’m feeling shy? I can wait to join in until I’m ready. 

 

THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE
Written by Emily Winfield Martin 
Why we like it: This story inspires and acknowledges diversity. It’s about loving your child no matter what they grow up to be. 

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