4 Kids’ Books Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket

…your ring sling pocket, that is! It’s time to make the most of that extra storage space, and here are our top picks for board books (plus one book for your big kid) that fit neatly inside.

#1: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
“Good night, cow jumping over the moon.” 
The classic that you definitely have at least one worn copy of, Goodnight Moon is ubiquitous. Toss it in your sling and pull it out when it’s time for a nap, bringing storytime on the go! 

#2: The Pigeon Has Feelings Too by Mo Willems. 
“Hey, Pigeon, why don’t you show everybody your HAPPY face?”
Some board books with beloved characters (looking at you, Llama Llama) lack the humor and spirit of the originals. The Pigeon series is not one of these!  Our kids loved this grumpy pigeon, who demonstrates a wide range of emotions—even when he doesn’t want to!

#3 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault.
“Skit skat skoodle doot. Flip flop flee. Everybody running to the coconut tree.”
Bright colors, bold pictures, and a catchy chant meant that our boys were big fans of this book from an early age. A bonus was that they learned to recognize upper and lowercase letters—even when the letters were a little disheveled from falling out of a coconut tree.

#4 Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee.
“Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please!”
I think every parent feels this book deep down in their soul! A baby and its family enjoy a full day together, from waking up parents early in the morning, a trip to the park, coloring on the walls, and finally a sweet good night kiss—with plenty of parental exhortations along the way! 

And finally…
#5 Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection. Sometimes you want to carry a little something along for your bigger kids too! This Where’s Waldo book is mini-sized, with every Waldo book reproduced inside of it. It was such a space-saver for us in situations where we might have unexpected waits, like doctor offices and public transport.

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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