There are a number of baby books on the market and I've shared my favorites with you in a variety of lists, but in the end, it comes down to preference. You may like one publisher's style over another or the size of one series over the other, etc. And with most books, I would say it doesn't really matter which First Words book you buy or which Touch and Feel Books you choose for your child. Just pick something that is appealing to the both of you!
But because I am a literature-snob/English Major/former English teacher/all-around crazy book-lover, I do have to say that there are some books that are just CLASSICS. (Yes, even for babies!) And I think that every child should at the very least read them if not own them in his or her own home library.
This list is based solely on my own opinions--feel free to disagree or ignore them! I just wanted to share what I think are the top 10 classic baby books because that's the sort of thing that I think is fun. And besides, what else am I going to do tonight? Mop my filthy kitchen floor? Don't be ridiculous.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The soothing repitition is truly magical. I feel sleepy after reading this book!
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
This story of a mother's unstoppable and unending love never gets old.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This one celebrates a father's love for his child--the adorable Little Nutbrown hare.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A crowd pleaser EVERY time.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., Illustrated by Eric Carle
While this is the original, I have to admit that I love the Panda Bear version more!
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
This one always makes kids giggle!
Freight Train Board Book by Donald Crews
Gorgeous illustrations for your young train lover.
I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom, Illustrated by Richard Scarry
The illustrations are intoxicating. I like looking at them even when I have no children around.
The Me Book by Jean Tymms, Illustrated by Tibor Gergely
Maybe it's because I remember reading this book as a child, maybe it's because Juliet loved it so much, or maybe it's just because I love Tibor Gergely, but I think this is a must-have for a home library.
Animal Sounds, Illustrated by Aurelius Battaglia
I think every baby needs a good Animal Sounds book. This is my pick because of the beautiful illustrations of Aurelius Battaglia. The owl page is my favorite.
So that's 10! What do you think? What classic baby book would you add to the list?
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