Do you read to your baby? I confess, I’ve been reading to mine since they were in my womb. I read to them, sang to them and spoke to them while I was pregnant and after they were born we just continued on with what we had always done. I’ve always loved to buy books, in fact it is one of my addictions. I have 4 large bookcases filled with books and just keep on adding to the lot. Buying baby books however is a real treat, one that I hadn’t expected.
There are so many great classics as well as heartwarming stories for parents to read aloud to even the youngest babies. I wanted to put a list of my favorites together for those of you looking for a good read for your young one. These currently sit on our bookshelf. Some are in great shape and others not so great (babies like to eat books don’t you know!) but each one of them has brought coos and giggles to the faces of all three of my children.
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
This board book provides ‘serious silliness for all ages’ and will get you and your little ones laughing. That being said, you really can’t go wrong with any of Sandra Boynton’s books. They are magic for babies and young children!
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz
Another author that gets it right every time! Karen Katz of course! All of her books are adorable with their interactive, bright and eye-catching illustrations. “Where is Baby’s Belly Button” is our favorite and the kids have all loved to lift the flaps to find hidden pictures, revealing “Where is baby’s…?” and learning about various body parts along the way.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Published in 1947, this book has been read to 3-4 generations of babies and children and continues to go strong. The book is written in a soft, quite poetry-like manner and the illustrations are both soothing and comforting. As you read through the book you say goodnight to all the familiar things one would find in a home – clocks, socks, mittens and kittens. It’s sweet and a definite must-have!
Mary Blair is one of my favorite illustrators, so this book is a real treat for both myself and my children. “Hello, World!” is a charming book that takes your baby on a journey around the world through illustrations and words. The board book teaches your baby to say ‘hello’ in ten different languages.
I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church
My daughters and I have this one memorized. It is actually the first book I ever bought my eldest daughter and still one of our favorites. “I love your hair and eyes, Your giggles and cries…” A sweet book and must-have for parents and babies!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Over 12 million copies of this book have been sold and for good reason. The illustrations are eye-catching and the story is a humorous one. A hungry caterpillar quite literally eats his way through the entire book.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
“A told B and B told C, I’ll meet to at the top of the coconut tree.” Ah, yet another book we have memorized. This fun rythmic, rhyming baby book gets you through the entire alphabet with a bit of attitude. Kids love it and you are sure to get a whole lotta laughs out of reading the story! A great way to familiarize young ones with their alphabet too.
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Margaret Wise Brown takes you through a day on a farm where a family of animals play peacefully. This is a great book to read before bedtime and babies love the pictures of the animals.
A child’s bookshelf is not complete without Winnie The Pooh. When I was a toddler, my grandmother read me stories about Christopher Robin and all of his friends from the same book that my mom read as a little girl. This book is a compilation of A.A. Milne’s tales of everyone’s favorite bear.