We may be in a digital age, but books aren’t about to go out of style. As you get ready for your new arrival, don’t forget to build your library by perusing the book stores or asking baby shower guests to bring a book instead of a card.
Parenting.com highlights 25 must-have baby books. Here are my favorites!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
This 1969 book has fantastic, colorful illustrations, following a little caterpillar through its journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly! The process includes a number of tasty snacks like swiss cheese, an ice cream cone, and cherry pie.
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
This book follows a rabbit saying goodnight to all of the things in his room. It’s a book I will admit weirded me out a little bit as the rabbit bids goodnight to “nobody,” but I can now recite it by heart. My favorite activity to do with my kids as we’re reading it is to find the mouse – which moves from the window sill to the bookshelf to the bowl of mush – in each illustration.
Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
This is a flap book of letters from a child to the zoo requesting a pet. Each “pet” is too big, too loud, too scary, etc. until it concludes with the perfect solution: a puppy.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Eric Carle
Another of Eric Carle’s books with fantastic illustrations, this story navigates through a number of animals until it concludes in a classroom. My husband likes to talk like each of the animals after the text asks what they see.
Peek-A-Boo – Roberta Grobel Intrater
This book offers a close-up view of kids’ faces as they go through different moods. Pictures are fun for parents and babies alike!
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow
A play on the fun song, this book illustrates the silly tale of five monkeys jumping on the bed before mom partakes herself once they are finally asleep.
Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
The back and forth between father and son competing over who loves the other more. A great tale of unconditional love!
Little Hands Love – Piggy Toes Press
is great for the curious little one fascinated by the sense of touch. Each page opens baby up to a new texture: cotton balls, a rubber ball, a teddy bear, and more.
Peek-A-Who? – Nina Laden
A fun play on peek-a-boo, takes a look at a cow, train, zoo, and ghost before concluding with a mirror to see “peek-a-YOU!”
Jamberry – Bruce Degen
A journey of a little boy and a bear through a world of berries! includes rhyming and alliteration are enjoyable for mom and dad to read and, before you know it, your child will memorize the words.
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