My little ones keep growing and eventually I will not remember all of these great books/videos that they used to watch. This is for my remembrance and also some great ideas if you have some children this age and need some good ideas of what to buy. None of these books/videos listed have any objectionable material. There are not witches, magic, or any other “hidden” messages that are in so many books/videos that the media is pushing towards our children.
Here are some of our favorite books that we love to read over and over again. We have done these same books over all of our children. They are keepers:)
How Many Veggies?
A favorite among the group. They love to see what happens as more and more veggies join Bob in his boat!
Arlo Needs Glasses
This is a fun book that has cardboard glasses for your child to try on like Arlo does in the story. One of those books to keep high on the shelf and pull out when Mom is around:)
A boy, a dog, and a frog
Frog on his own
These two books have no words, just pictures. It allows you to talk with your child and see if they can tell what is going to happen.
Good Dog Carl series
Good Dog Carl
Carl goes shopping
Carl’s Afternoon in the Park
Carl Goes to Daycare
Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon
Your a good dog, Carl
I have this listed in my toddler post as well. There are many books in this series, my children have enjoyed them every time we read the books.
Pancakes for Breakfast
Little Bear Brushes his Teeth
This book is great for that time when your child wonders why it is important to brush your teeth. We get this book with every child.
Llama Llama books
This is listed in my toddler post as well. My children really love these books.
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
Llama Llama red pajama
Llama Llama gram and grandpa
Llama Llama Time to share
Llama Llama Home with Momma
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Llama Llama Misses Mama
Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Nelly Gnu and Daddy too
Bear’s New Friend
Bear Snores On
Bear feels sick
We love these books for their bright colorful pictures and repetition of words for the little ones to copy after each page.
Mortimer’s first garden
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
There are many books in this series…..my children laugh every time we read them.
Machines go to work in the city
This book is great because it folds out adding depth to the different trucks
A very curious bear
I’m really not tired
A fun book about going to bed.
This is a fun book about what happens when you don’t keep your room clean. I still say….”Are there pigs under your bed?”
I love this book because it depicts what a Dad does all day, a rarity in today’s children’s books.
Another great book about a little girl pretending to be a stay at home mom:)
Simple, childlike play.
Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
Great books from when I was a child.
The Day Daddy Stayed Home
This is a fun book about what happens when you have a snowstorm and Daddy stays home. This is an old book, if you can find it, it’s great.
Our favorite videos that we have had as a “staple” in our home for little ones:
Skippy and Dave
I highly recommend this family friendly video. We love it!
The Seventh Brother
There are also two others that go along with this series:
Willy the Sparrow
Over the years of weeding out and keeping only what we love, The Seventh Brother made the list, but the others are good just as well.
Prayer Bear (1)
How to Pray (2)
It’s time to pray (3)
My kids all grew up watching these. If you can get a hold of it at Goodwill, pick it up! There are 3 videos in this series and a good, wholesome watch.
Hide em in your heart Vol 1 and 2
These were another staple that we had playing over and over while the children were younger. They can all still sing the scripture they heard while it played.
Gullah Gullah Island
My oldest child watched this everyday on tv when she was little. I was sad when it went off the air, but so happy with the whole DVD season craze. We love Gullah Gullah island. It portrays a family living on an island off South Carolina —I believe, the fun things they do, they sing, they dance and its good wholesome fun. No questionable material at all.
Barney and the Backyard Gang
Ok, so Barney has been a staple in our lives for the last 20 years. I still love the original Barney’s the best with Sandy Duncan. If you can find them on Youtube or maybe at a goodwill, grab them. That is…..if you have a VHS player:)
Barney and the Backyard Show
A day at the Beach
Waiting for Santa
We like all the new Barney’s too.
This my children really enjoyed once they were over the “toddler shows.” I was happy to see it on Amazon Prime as our DVD’s were pretty scratched from wear and tear. A good adventure show for your children that does not have all the elements that “typical” younger children shows have. A Christian based program. My under 5 crowd would watch it and get a little scared as they were not “indoctrinated” with all of the suspense in many shows, so I avoided it till they got older and could rationally understand about such things. It is a great show and a good alternative for what you will find on tv for kindergarten and up children. It is based on the Christian Radio Program. It is filled with suspense and adventure. Things that my younger crowd were not used to watching.
You can’t go wrong with ANY of these shows. We have watched them multiple times over the years.
I hope this list is useful to those looking for good, wholesome material for your toddler/preschooler.
Have a wonderful day!