Mom and Me Date: Dedicated Reading Time with BabyLit

I received product in exchange for my opinions, but my love and son’s obsession are all our own!

Remember a few months ago when I wrote a post pledging to allow myself to be the kind of mom I want to be, at least one day a week? I’m trying hard to make sure there’s quality mom and kid dates once a week with some very concentrated time doing things I know he’ll enjoy and remember some day over just things overtaking my to-do list.

It’s a good thing reading is his absolute favorite thing to do right now, and that he can sit for hours looking at the right books and rereading the same one over and over again. I’ve found when I just pledge to go to a reading nook or sit on the floor with an entire stack and invite him to sit on my lap, he’ll get the cutest giddy smile and settle right in for his favorite time.

I reached out to BabyLit Books and asked if they’d like to team up for a post, because they are honestly Mack’s favorites. I discovered them at a blog conference, found they sponsored swag at a few more blog conferences, and I had a few on hand before he arrived. I fell in love and purchased several more to gift him for Christmas last year. What I didn’t expect was him to become completely obsessed with one and want to read it every single day at least 10 times a day. Don Quixote is on constant repeat and has been since we took to Spain with us. We’ve joked Mack feels the enjoyment of Spain through the book and just can’t put it down!

We love BabyLit for a lot of reasons. I love that they intro classics while still being completely approachable as a children’s book. Mack loves the illustrations. Honestly, they are some of the cutest illustrations you will ever see in a children’s book! He points to details and makes his cute baby noises while I read most of the books. We’re also big fans of how many different types of primers there are- from colors to emotions, numbers to language, sounds to fun silly things; there’s just a lot of options for variety! You can’t go wrong, but here’s our 5 favorite that we both enjoy most:

1. Don Quixote
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Moby Dick
4. Huckleberry Finn
5. All Aboard: Washington D.C.

And Jane Eyre gets an honorable mention since he loves it about every other week.

I also love that there’s some seasonal options too. Dracula and Frankenstein are on repeat through October. Wuthering Heights (a weather primer) will be next up in November!

And I really love that they are always coming out new books. We just started learning some French with Les Miserables, I’m enjoying reading The Odyssey and talking about monsters with him, and he’s loving the entire All Aboard series, which should come in handy since heaven knows we don’t plan to quit traveling and bringing him along any time soon!

I’m learning more and more that not all children’s books are created equal, and it’s important to find books you both love. I can honestly say BabyLit are just that for us, and always create the perfect mother-son date.
Photos by my dear friend Brooke!


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  1. Okay, we have a ton of baby books and are always wanting to get more! We were just at the library this morning for Baby Story Time and my little girl loves it. I was so excited when I saw this post! I am going to have to try out some of these books, I love that they are classic stories!! That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love Babylit! Taylor's favorites are Jabberwocky and Edgar Goes To Bed. We just bought Les Mis as a gift for grandpa (Andrew's dad) to read to the grandkids because he went to France on his mission. I haven't seen The Odyssey yet so will be checking that one out!

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