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24 Must Have Books for Babies (0-6 Months)

20 Apr

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I love when my friends announce their pregnancies – it’s another excuse for me to love on their kids by buying them lots and lots of books. In fact, I’m really starting to regret that I didn’t create a spreadsheet with kids names and books gifted to them cause I have a lot of little ones to buy for!

After talking briefly with a new momma/blogging friend, we brainstormed creating a list like this for new parents who may not have any idea where to start when creating a library for their little one. If you’re looking for Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you won’t find them on this list – I wanted to provide everyone with the books you might not get as a gift, but should definitely be in your baby’s own personal library. Some of these you’ll see have photographs of real babies – a sure fire way for babies to connect to the book as well as high contrast books for babies who haven’t developed their full sight and colors yet.

Honestly, at this stage it’s more about bonding than what you’re reading – you could read your child Harry Potter and it’d be fine. I know someone who read aloud articles for their research while working on their thesis to their baby. This time is for your baby to understand that books equal love and cuddles and one-on-one time together with you. It’s not necessarily about what you read. But, if you are new to buying books for babies, definitely look for board books – these are books published on thicker pages made of cardboard and will hold up to babies exploring books which means inevitably putting them in their mouths.

You can also check out my blog posts about choosing books for a baby shower here and here for other great ideas on books for babies. Here’s a list of 24 titles you need to check out – buy them or borrow them from the library because they are really wonderful books to share with your bundle of joy.

  • ABC’s by Charley Harper
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena
  • Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light
  • Black on White by Tana Hoban
  • Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
  • Faces: A High Contrast Board Book
  • First 100 Words
  • Global Babies
  • The House In the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
  • I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and To Lichtenheld
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
  • Look Look! by Peter Linenthal
  • Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • “More, More, More” Said the Baby by Vera Williams
  • Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Hammill
  • Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
  • Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli



36 Titles for Babies & Toddlers: Social Justice, Equality and Diversity

17 Jan

I just recently had someone reach out to me on Facebook asking for titles for a new baby/toddler about social justice, equality, and diversity. Basically, a way to flood her child’s bookshelf with books that make them a better citizen of the world. Now, there aren’t a ton of titles for your woke toddler (or baby) for that matter, but it’s important to showcase a variety of races, cultures, religions, disabilities and more on your bookshelves because it’s likely that your child will see people that will look/dress/act/speak differently than they do and what better way to first explore the world than cuddling with your family in a safe, happy environment? And if you live in a community that is very similar, then why not teach your child to respect and accept differences in people to be educated about the world them live so that whenever they do meet someone who is different they know what to do – treat them like a human being. So check out these (few) but great titles about social justice, equality, diversity and celebrating the differences that make us all unique!

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Board Book Titles

  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler and Hiroe Nakata
  3. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  4. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
  5. Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup
  6. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
  7. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  8. My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
  9. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  10. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  11. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
  12. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
  13. Tinyville Town series by Brian Biggs
  14. We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers by Julie Flett
  15. Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp
  16. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Picture Book Titles

  1. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
  3. Come With Me by Holly McGahey, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
  4. Families by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  5. Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang
  6. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  7. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  8. Golden Domes, Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  9. Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra
  10. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
  11. Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
  12. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  13. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  14. Most People by Michael Leannah and Jennifer E. Morris
  15. One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
  16. Over the Hills and Far Away edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  17. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  18. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
  19. Say Hello! By Rachel Isadora
  20. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

Picture Book Month: Family

17 Nov

17A story about families in a round about sort of way. If you read the text, the books is really all about how important and special your skin is, but when you look closer at the illustrations this beautiful story shows such diverse characters, it’s fun to pour over all the characters and different families on the page. I loved looking at all the different skin tones, facial features and hairstyles in this story and not only that – all the different clothes the characters are wearing and the activities the kids are participating in. If you have an “untraditional” family (and I quote that because families can be so different and there’s nothing wrong with that), you’ve got to check out this great title!
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Picture Book Month: Birds

15 Nov

15.jpgI love this accessible non-fiction story about all the different types of bird nests there are! With just four, short lines of text for each type of nest this book is perfect for even the youngest readers. The book also provides a little more information about each nest that can be shared if readers want to know more. What I liked most is that you see the typical twig nest in a tree, but you also see a penguin nest, a flamingo nest, a duck nest, a shorebird nest and so many others! And with collage illustrations showing different colors and textures this is a fun book to share with the whole family! Continue reading

Importance of Reading to Babies

11 May

freestock_217914181As a former children’s librarian, I know the importance of reading aloud from birth. But, it’s nice to see that science backs up this knowledge with a new long-term study by the New York University School of Medicine. 250 mother-child pairs were monitored from when the babies were 6-months to 4 1/2 years old. They monitored how often mothers read to their children and how involved in the reading they were – did they talk about the pictures, ask their children questions, etc.

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