Classics: 10 Books to Read with Your Baby

August 2, 2010

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
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The soothing repitition is truly magical. I feel sleepy after reading this book!

The Runaway Bunny
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
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
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A crowd pleaser EVERY time.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? [BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR-BOARD BK]Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book
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
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
This one always makes kids giggle!

Freight Train Board Book (Caldecott Collection)
Freight Train Board Book by Donald Crews
Gorgeous illustrations for your young train lover.

I Am a Bunny (A Golden Sturdy Book)
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 (A Golden Sturdy Book)
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][Hardcover]
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?

I'm linking up to Top Ten Tuesday @ Oh Amanda!


Judy said...

I love your choices. I might add Pat the Bunny to the list. I liked brushing the textures against little PDub's fingers and toes. I agree. Reading to babies is very important and beats mopping any day of the week!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I meant to include Pat the Bunny--but forgot! :)Thanks for reminding me--it's a great one.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great list! I agree with all the choices. I read some of them so many times that I remember them by heart.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I think Boynton's books are on their way to becoming classics like MOO, BAA, LA LA LA and BLUE HAT, GREEN HAT.

Ben said...

Great list - very well done.

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Can we still be friends if I do NOT own Goodnight Moon?

VanderbiltWife said...

I think our animal sounds book is the Very Busy Spider by Carle. We lloooooove his books! But I do remember that classic Animal Sounds from my childhood!

artsy_momma said...

Great list! There are a few I haven't heard of that I might get for the new baby :)

Pragmatic Mom said...

These are such great picks!!! I remember reading these to my kids when they were babies and some we still continue to read into K.

Thank you for wonderful post!

Pragmatic Mom
Type A Parenting for the Modern World
I blog on children's lit, education and parenting.

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