the boy mom’s bookshelf

I have a thing for other boy moms. If I hear someone say that they have all boys, I want to be her friend. I want to pick her brain and share stories and laugh and cry and sip Diet Cokes. I just think there’s something that boy moms share.

And today I wanted to share what our favorite “boy books” are. I’ve had to learn a lot of this stuff along the way. Some of my favorite books for Hudson and Hayes were some of my favorite books. But there are a lot of great books for boys that I’d never heard of before having my own boys.

We love to read books, so please chime in and let me know what your favorite boy books are. And if you’re a girl mom, go ahead and list your favorite books, too, so the other girl moms can find them in the comments.

In the beginning, when Hudson was a baby, we read Goodnight Moon about 10 times a day. He loved it so much and still sometimes asks for it. He knew it by heart. Hayes’s bed time book is Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

The Little Blue Truck is our current favorite. Our boy book flavor of the week, you could say.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, and How Do Dinosaurs Go to School (and there are many more of the How Do Dinosaurs… books that I’d love to add to our collection)

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, not to be confused with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which is also a great book that we love

The Matthew Van Fleet books are all great, but we love Dog and Heads

Two great lift-the-flap books are Elmo’s Big Lift and Look Book and Little People Let’s Go To The Farm

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (We have all of the books in this series, but these two are Hudson’s favorites)

Of course we love Green Eggs and Ham and my childhood favorite, The Cat In The Hat Comes Back

Eight Silly Monkeys

The Jan Pienkowski books were favorites of mine as a kid, even though the pop up illustrations are kind of scary. Hudson loves Dinnertime and Little Monsters

This Is My Tractor is lots of fun and has a little button that makes a tractor sound. Fun!

We also love all of the Karen Katz books and the Fiona Watt “That’s Not My…” books for babies. And Hayes’s current favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

So, boy moms, what are you favorite books? We need more animal, dinosaur, and transportation books. And girl moms, share your favorites, too!


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  1. Michele says:

    I’m not a mom but I was a nanny for years (2 year old twins – boy and girl -they are 6 now!) but some of our most favorite books were:
    “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson (this is my personal fav – we could all recite it by heart) You MUST get this if you don’t have it yet!!! I think it’s the best out of all of them
    -any of the Sandra Boynton books
    -”The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkwater (an awesome book about being yourself and original)
    -”Mahalia Mouse Goes To College” by John Lithgow (this was also a favorite because the family lived in a Harvard dorm at the time, so it was personal, but a great book otherwise)
    -”We’re Off to Harvard Square” by Sage Stossel
    -”Horton Hatches an Egg” by Dr. Suess (that was the boy’s favorite)
    -”Museum Trip”, “Rainstorm”, “Trainstop” by Barbara Lehman (any by her actually) These are picture books but they kids loved them
    They also loved books about our favorite teams (the Red Sox and Penn State) – in particular, “Hello Wally”, “Hello, Nittany Lion”, and “We Are Penn State”. I’m sure there are kids books about your teams as well! They are all in the same series.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Several of those books were favorites of mine when I was little, and some I’ve never heard of. My husband and I found out yesterday that our little one (due in November) is a baby boy. It looks like it’s time to stock up my nursery bookshelf with boy books. I’ve been reading aloud Dr Seuss books while pregnant, but I need to pick up a few others.

  3. I am a boy and girl mom. We love the Chris Van Dusen books. Funny stories. Great pictures. I like to look at the pictures and look for Yellow Bug in Richard Scary’s Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go. Skippy Jon Jones is also a favorite.

  4. Jakes favorites are:
    Where the wild things are- “Max is cool”
    Paul Frank Bedtime Story- Love the illustrations and imaginative things included, strawberry milkshake river, some monster city thing, etc
    Goodnight Moon- Classic
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  5. My boys (4 and 2) love anything by Jan Thomas (Favorite: A birthday for Cow) or Mo Willems (ALL the Pigeon books).

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