Not all baby books are created equal. There are plenty of middle of the road books that are perfectly fine. But, in the last 10 months, I’ve read a lot and have narrowed down a list of my top 5 favorites. And, by the way, these are also favorites of my 10-month old, so they are baby approved.
Let the countdown begin:
5.) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
When I polled my circle of parents on their favorite baby books, this one consistently ranks near the top on everyone’s list. As an adult, I don’t understand the whole book, to be perfectly honest. It’s partially written in some sort of secret kid-code, I’m sure. But children love it. There’s something about saying goodnight to every item, that is soothing and reassuring, especially right before bed. The stuffed bunny you can buy to accompany the book also happens to be one of Lily’s favorites.
4.) God Bless You & Goodnight by Hannah Hall
This is the only book in my top 5 that rhymes – proving not every children’s book has to rhyme. But the sing-song cadence and rhyming keeps young babies very interested in the book. And the ongoing theme of animal parents putting their babies to bed makes it a sweet read before nap or nighttime.
3.) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Eric Carle books are a visual treat. The bright colors, different sized pages and interesting cut outs in this book keeps kids fascinated. This particular books teaches kids various foods, colors and counting. Oh yeah, it also teaches about how butterflies are made.
2.) Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
This book holds a special place in my heart. It was the first book I bought for Lily. I picked it up on a whim soon after we had our embryo transfer, but before I had officially found out I was pregnant. It’s a sweet tale of daddy and baby. So many books are about mommy and baby. So if you want a book that is 100% dad and baby, this is the one for you. Sometimes I don’t even get through the entire thing before Lily is sound asleep.
1.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
Yes, it’s another Eric Carle book. This is another visually stimulating book that will teach babies about animals and colors. It’s repetitive cadence holds the attention of my 10-month-old. In fact, Lily gets so excited when I get this book out she starts kicking her legs and reaching for the book immediately. She also literally starts talking to the book as I read it to her. This book is probably her favorite right now…so, as a result, it becomes mommy’s favorite too.