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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!