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Is there anything more wonderful than cuddling your grandchild in your favorite chair with a great book? As a grandma, this is one of my greatest joys, and I know I am not alone! If you have been around here for a while, you know that I am always looking for and/or sharing the best read-alouds for kids, which is how I ran across this great company with some of the sweetest and most innovative books I have ever seen.
Friends: Meet Cali’s Books!
Disclaimer: if you purchase any of these books, I receive a small commission. It helps support me as well as Cali’s business. Thank you, and I think you will love them!
Based in Los Angeles, Cali’s Books was founded by a lovely young lady named Cali, who, like us grandmas, believes in the power of storytelling and the magic of music. Her dream was to create interactive books that would spark curiosity and help little ones fall in love with reading, and let me tell you, she has done an outstanding job!
Featuring bright, colorful illustrations that draw the children’s attention, Cali’s Books are interactive, with each boasting sound buttons that can be pressed by even the most petite fingers. My grandbabies LOVE to press the buttons to hear delightful songs, sounds, and phrases corresponding to the story – I must say, I do, too!
Not only are the books fun to read and listen to, but I also love to watch them giggle as they listen to the sounds and sing along with the songs.
In terms of books, Cali’s has a little bit of everything, including:
- Sing-Along Books: Quite possibly our favorites, these books feature popular children’s songs, encouraging little ones to sing and dance along as they read. Whether you opt for their timeless nursery rhymes or choose one with more modern tunes, there is something for everyone in this collection.
- Bedtime Stories: The perfect way to wind down at the end of the day, these interactive sound books contain soothing stories and lullabies that help children (and grandmas!) relax and drift off to sleep.
- Educational Books: Cali’s Books understands the importance of early learning, and their educational series teaches essential concepts like the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors via catchy tunes and colorful illustrations.
- Bilingual Books: In this day and age, learning a second language is more important than ever. Cali’s Books offers a selection of bilingual sound books that introduce children to new languages in a fun and engaging way.
If you are a grandma like me, you have an impossible time deciding which books to get and which to pass on, which is where Cali’s Books and their perfectly-curated book bundles come in handy! Featuring dozens of collections, you and your grandchild can enjoy everything from bedtime classics (a la Patty Cake and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) to learning (Dinosaur Alphabet, The Nutcracker, and Humpty Dumpty) to feelings (You Are My Sunshine and Mommy, I Love You) and more.
While you cannot go wrong with any of these fantastic board books, there is one kind, in particular, that is a must for grandmas (especially those who do not live close to their grandkids and are looking for ways to connect from a distance): Cali’s Books’ line of recordable books.
As its name suggests, recordable books allow grandma to record herself reading the story so that all her grandchild has to do is turn the pages. I have purchased and recorded myself reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Ugly Duckling, and Hansel and Gretel, and I can attest to the quality of these hardbound books and the ease of recording/listening to the audio.
To make the concept even more unique, Cali’s has blank recordable hardbound books where you or your grandchild can write, illustrate, and record the story, making for a truly one-of-a-kind gift or heirloom!
I have nothing to say but good things about Cali’s Books and cannot recommend them enough – especially to my fellow Devoted Grandmas! If you are in the market for the perfect gift or want to add to your children’s book collection, I invite you to check them out. I don’t think you will be disappointed – and neither will your grandbabies.