Beloved Books to Share with Babies

Years ago, when I e-mailed David Tolk to ask permission to use his beautiful song on this site, he wrote back with a comment that still warms me today:  “Some of my most cherished moments in life have been spent reading children’s books to my little ones at bedtime.  Thanks for your great work.”

Though I was undeserving of his second sentence, I well-understood the moments he wrote about . . . cozy moments, magical moments, in a reading chair or on the couch with my little “son”shines.

Now, my youngest sister (the first little one I remember reading to) is expecting her first child.  I want her and her sweet baby girl to have every imaginable joy!  So, dear Allison, this is for you . . .

My List of Don’t Miss Memory-Makers:

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

Prayer for a Child

Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones

I Love You Through And Through

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

When Mama Comes Home Tonight (Classic Board Books)

When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Jane Dyer

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Oh My Baby, Little One

Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Jane Dyer

Emily's Balloon

Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai

Once There Were Giants

Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Penny Dale

Some Things Go Together (Harper Growing Tree)

Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Love You Forever

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw

I Love You, Stinky Face

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, illustrated by Cyd Moore

Next to You: A Book of Adorableness

Next to You:  A Book if Adorableness by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Other “Must-Reads” for the Toddler’s Bookshelf:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace

Olivia series (the ones by Ian Falconer)

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

Ten in the Den by John Butler

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Honey Baby Sugar Child by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Susan Keeter

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

Oh, there are so many wonderful gems!  If anyone has a favorite book for babies/toddlers I’ve forgotten to mention, please add it in the comments box below!

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Beloved Books to Share with Babies

  1. Emily’s Balloon and When Mama Comes Home Tonight have always been favorites from our library.

    All the children have loved Lars Klinting (What Do You Want) and Lisa Wheeler (Jazz Baby).

    I wish they would appreciate Verla Kay (Orphan Train) & Dav Pilkey (The Paperboy) as much as I do.

    • Thanks so much, Lyn! You’ve given me some titles to request at the library! I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read the four new titles you mentioned!

  2. You are the sweetest to make this list❣❣❣

    On Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 8:58 PM A Children’s Book World wrote:

    > Carol posted: “Years ago, when I e-mailed David Tolk to ask permission to > use his beautiful song on this site, he wrote back with a comment that > still warms me today: “Some of my most cherished moments in life have been > spent reading children’s books to my little ones ” >

    • Of course! When I was young, my mother taught me a tune to the song repeated in the book. Love You Forever has long been a favorite in our family! I still can’t read it without getting tears in my eyes.

  3. Dear Carol, it was a time machine to read all this titles again! I remember my baby’ face and his joy. Thank you for bringing back these sweet memories. And thank you for coming back , I have missed your blog.

    • Wow, Ana, I love that description! You’re right! Picture books, like music, can take us back to a particular place and time. The moments these books transport me to are ones I love to remember. 🙂

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