Carla May has recently started paying attention when we read books together, rather than just trying to eat the pages, which has been a delightful development!  One of the things I looked forward to most about having a child of my own was snuggling and reading together. Anyway, here are some of our favorite children’s books that we have been enjoying lately:

My Favorites

Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos is an adorable story about the eating preferences of dragons and instructions about how to throw the perfect taco party for dragons.  The illustrations are whimsical and fun.  I find myself laughing out loud every time we read this book.



On the Night you were Born – Nancy Tillman

This book is just all-around beautiful – the illustrations, the poetic narrative, and the feelings it evokes.  It has a few interactive parts that I think we’ll like more and more when Carla May gets old enough to understand (“wiggle your toes,” “whisper your name,” etc.).  I just love this book.


Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

This is a special book that we received as a gift from my godmother.  The illustrations are gorgeous and it tells the story of three baby owls who wake up to find their mother is nowhere to be found.  The books is mostly their discussions as to where she might have gone.  I especially liked the rhythm and the cadence of this book – it just feels good to read it aloud.

Carla May’s Favorites

Who Wears What – Kathy Ireland

We received this book in our May Bookroo box, and Carla May just loves it.  It is a great touch-and-feel book with bold colors, interesting textures, and simple descriptive words.  Who Wears What seems to be out of stock everywhere if you want to purchase just one copy, but you can still purchase them by the case if you buy directly from the publisher (have a lot of children’s birthday parties to attend?).

Squishy Turtle and Friends – Roger Priddy

This book was a gift, and what a wonderful gift it was!  Squishy Turtle and Friends is a cloth book with a crinkly cover and lots of touch-and-feel textures throughout.  It is only about 6 pages, but each page features a different sea animal and a new tactile detail.  Carla May’s favorite is the seahorse whose fin you can lift off the page (just like a tag!).

Love you, Hug you, Read to you! – Tish Rabe

This book has a sweet rhyme and pretty illustrations of animal parents reading to their children.  It also lists off questions you can ask your young reader about the pictures.  Carla May really likes the illustrations in this book and seems to enjoy being asked questions, even if she can’t answer them yet!  This was another one from the Bookroo May box.


Have you read any of these?  What are your favorite children’s books for a 6-9 month old?


FYI: If you decide to purchase any books from this post, I recommend you buy them from a locally owned bookstore if that is an available option for you.  If you decide to purchase from Amazon by clicking on any of the book covers in this post, I get a small commission (at no extra cost to you).  Also, if you sign up for the Bookroo (which I highly recommend) by clicking on any of the links in this post, we get some free books. Thank you!