FAVORITES: Baby/Toddler Books

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This list was prompted because I had a baby gift to buy and I always like to include a book or two for the new family, with a little note from our family. Before having my son I had ONE favorite book to buy for baby showers “You are my I Love You”, and I always bought it to go with my gift. Fast forward two and a half year and it is really hard for me to decide which of our favorite books to include.

Another important thing I learned from having a child of my own is to ALWAYS buy board books. They are more durable for little babies to hold, try to tear apart, and drool on. I also think they are so much easier on the parents too, trying to hold your squirmy baby and get two paper pages to come apart isn’t on my list of favorite things. So my baby gift buying led me to assemble my must have book list for kids under the age of 4.

The amount of books we have grows very often. We have so many at this point that we have to cycle through them on the book shelf, and only take “seasonal” books out near those particular holidays or seasons. I just can’t say no to a good book, and he LOVES to read! What will we bring home from the library next?

 Baby Animals– Garth Williams

 

 

 

 

 

Colors- Hinkler Editors, Check your library for this book as it seems it is out of production

 

 

 

First 100 Animals– Roger Priddy

 

 

 

 

First Words– Roger Priddy

 

 

 

 

Giraffes Can’t Dance– Giles Andreae

 

 

 

 

I Love You, Stinky Face– Lisa McCourt

 

 

 

 

Little Blue Truck– Alice Schertle

 

 

 

 

Me and My Mom – Alison Ritchie

 

 

 

 

Me and My Dad– Alison Ritchie

 

 

 

 

 Mighty Dads– Joan Holub

 

 

 

 

My First Body Board Book– DK Publishing

 

 

 

 

My Very First Prayers– Gabrielle Mercer

 

 

 

 

Sheep in a Jeep– Nancy E. Shaw

 

 

 

 

Thank You Prayer– Josephine Page

 

 

 

 

There, There– Sam McBratney

 

 

 

 

 

Where’s My Nose- Susan Ring, Check your library for this book as it seems it is out of production

 

 

 

You are my I Love You– Maryann Cusimano Love

 

 

 

 

After compiling this list I had a very hard time picking a favorite book to give to the new baby. I decided to start a new tradition of giving a favorite book of ours that we have come to know and love but had never heard of before having our son. In this case, “There, There” was the winning book and we chose it because it has such a wonderful message for a child to hear at any age. It teaches the child to be caring, and to learn different methods of “feeling better” after getting hurt. We have recently adopted the “give it a rub” to make it feel better method, and it has become a favorite. It is definitely important in a house of boys to know just how to make the “boo boo’s” feel better because there will undoubtedly be a lot of them in my future.

Do you have a favorite book that you love to give as a gift, share it in the comments below! I hope maybe you’ll pick up one of these books you’ve never read before and share it with others. ENJOY!

 

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