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Recommendations for Children’s Books

Before I got pregnant, I had this brilliant idea to do a book registry at my local bookstore. I would then tell people, “I’m registered at Babies ‘R Us, Target, and Copperfields Books.” Then I could get BOOKS! FOR MY BABY! Smart, no?

Well, my local bookstore is (kind of) accommodating me and allowing me to do a book wishlist. But I have to come up with the list of books that I want people to buy for this kid. I have no kids, I don’t read children’s books, so apart from the few books that I remember from my own childhood and the books I’ve bought for my niece and nephew, I don’t know what books would be the best.

This is where you come in.

Could you tell me your favorite books for ages 0-3? Old, new, big, small, funny, serious. Basically, whatever books you tell me, I’m putting on the list.

Oh, by the way? I’ve already got Walter the Farting Dog on my list.

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59 Responses to “Recommendations for Children’s Books”

  1. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog ()

    All of the books in Judy Schachner’s SKIPPYJON JONES series are hysterical and superfun to read aloud. Skippyjon is a Siamese cat who *thinks* he is a crime-fighting chihuahua (complete with a hilarious Mexican accent), and they never fail to entertain with my eight nieces & nephews.

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  2. Vasilly ()

    I love this! Okay here’s my recommendations:

    Art and Max by David Weisner (any book by Weisner is good)
    anything written by Ian Falconer is also good
    Dr. Seuss books (all of them)
    The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
    Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
    Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
    Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
    Snow White by Trina Schart Hyman
    any books written by Kit Allen
    Maisy books by Lucy Cousins
    Lucky Boy by Susan Boase
    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff
    Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James
    Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak (anything and everything by Sendak is great)
    everything by Kevin Henkes
    anything by Oliver Jeffers

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  3. Laura @ I'm Booking It ()

    My daughter is almost 13, so I’ve been away from these books for a while, but I can still reccomend Jamberry by Bruce Degan and The Going to Bed Book & Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton (although really, you can’t go wrong with anything by Sandra Boynton).

    I’ll try to remember back to what else we both loved.

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  4. Bluestocking ()

    Anything by Beatrix Potter. The Three Spine Stickleback. grime’s Fairy Tales. Jack and the Beanstalk. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

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  5. Regina

    Hey Trish,

    When really young my kids loved any of the bath books because they are soft and they can carry them around. Not great for actual reading to them but good to play with.

    Their favorite stories are oldies but goodies and we’ve been reading them pretty much since birth.

    Make Way for Ducklings
    Blueberries for Sal
    One Morning in Maine
    Billy and Blaze (by C.W. Anderson. There are 5 or 6 in this series and my kids love them all but I could see not everyone approving of a couple of them. For instance in the Mountain Lion one the mountain line gets killed)
    The Lorax (the kids love it but personally I don’t care for most of the Doctor Seuss books)

    The first two books I’ve replaced several times. They have me read them until they fall apart.

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  6. raych ()

    I second Knuffle Bunny, and add Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, which you will enjoy reading more once your son is old enough to say No, Pigeon! Kids like saying ‘no’ to stuff. All the books I love best are for 5 and up so talk to me in a few years and I will list off all the Robert Munsches I can think of.

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  7. Helen ()

    Don Freeman books (Dandelion, Courdoroy, etc)
    Any of the animal board books where your child can touch the fur, scales, etc
    My daughter’s favorites were Jamie Lee Curtis’ books (Today I Feel Silly and I’m Gonna’ Like Me)

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  8. Melissa Sarno ()

    I feel like all kids should have: “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson, Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Rabbit” collection (dude, it’s expensive so definitely worth putting on a registry), all those Dr. Suess books, and Roald Dahl’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. And his funny novels like James and The Giant Peach and The Witches. I LOVED “The Hungry Catepillar”, Paddington Bear, Curious George, and the Berenstein Bears. Tyler loved these books about baseball by Matt Christopher. The rest of the books I like are really girly…

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  9. Erin Collazo Miller

    Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose is a beautiful collection, and the kind of hardcover book that it’s nice to receive as a gift. I like to read books to my kids that match the seasons, so here are some winter favorites:
    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    You Can Do It Sam by Amy Hest

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  10. Nan

    Some of my all time favorites:

    Jamberry
    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
    Click, Clack, Moo Cow That Type

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  11. Alison's Book Marks ()

    My boys are 8 and 6, so it’s been a while since I’ve read 0-3, but I learned through my nieces that the classics are always welcome!!

    Here were the favorites in our house:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Goodnight, Gorilla
    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss
    Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea (sp?)
    Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
    Time For Bed by Mem Fox

    *I just want you to know that I have these rhymes running through my head. I can still recite each and every one of these books. πŸ™‚

    Once my kids were flipping through their own board books, I made sure I had any of the Priddy book or Baby Einstein books s on hand – there are quite a few. Not story books, but instead Colors, Numbers, First Words, etc. and they use actual photos of the objects instead of cartoon drawings, which my boys LOVED to look at while in a stroller, shopping cart, high chair, etc..

    The next level of books (not board books, but books that you can read to kids with a little longer attention span, and will grow with them) would include:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Courderoy
    The Little Engine that Could
    Anything by Mo Willems, Laura Numeroff, or

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  12. Jeane

    So many great suggestions! I would add Andrew Henry’s Meadow. It’s a classic. And the Frog and Toad books, and the Little Bear books.

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  13. Virginia Bonnett

    Sandra Boyton board books. She makes some for the bathtub as well and my 2.5 year old LOVES them.

    Anything by Eve Bunting. She’s fabulous.

    We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. A must read in our home.

    Go Away Big Green Monster. A must read at Halloween.

    If I think of more, I will come back, but those are the ones that are popping into my head right now and my 2.5 year old loves to read, so they must be the favorites right now. πŸ™‚

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  14. Literate Housewife ()

    The Runaway Bunny is an absolute must.

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  15. Nikki ()

    Oh you’re so going to regret asking me this….

    Of course you need the Dr. Seuss, no library is complete without his books. For babies, I recommend the My First (blank) boardbooks. As kids get a little older Sandra Boynton books are short with catchy rhymes and adorable illustrations (my son’s longtime favorite of hers is Hippos Go Berserk.

    Another great author is Mo Willems, most particularly his Pigeon books, but also the Piggie and Gerald books. For kids three and up, his Knuffle Bunny books are a good time.

    I also love the David books by David Shannon. No, David!, David Gets in Trouble and David Goes to School.

    For zero through threes just remember that illustrations are equally important as the words, and that’s why I recommended those authors.

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  16. Christi Aldellizzi

    Anything by Dr. Seuss, but especially Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat in the Hat…my daughter always liked to have me read And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (it’s gorgeous to read out lot, I think).

    Goodnight Moon, but I think someone already said that.

    Guess How Much I Love You

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Any of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, and Knuffle Bunny for when your child’s a little older.

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  17. Mumsy

    Oh, I could go on and on. But for first books? Get books that rhyme and have an excellent beat. I strongly recommend The Real Mother Goose – babies love the bouncy rhymes, and the little poems are vital to cultural literacy later on. Chick Chicka Boom Boom is lovely, too. There is a spell around eight months when babies adore chewing on board books (I think they suffer from a cellulose deficiency), so choose some lovely board books in sizes for baby hands.

    I started reading The Chronicle of Narnia to my girls when they were three and four, and that was a roaring success. Are you having a girl or a boy? I have some delicious girl picture books…and lots of ideas for the boy I never had.

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  18. Patty

    Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each page has the next page character hidden in it. Started reading it when the girls were babies and as they got older, we had so much fun with the pictures and making up our own stories:

    “Each Peach PearPlum, I spy Tom Thumb.
    Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard….”

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  19. Kate

    The books I loved most:
    There’s a Monster at the end of this book by….uh…Sesame St? It has Grover and it is WONDROUS.
    Tumble Tower. It’s about a princess who has a messy room and her family is mean to her about it…but then there is a flood and they realize that a messy room is kinda awesome.

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  20. Patty

    OOPS! Hit send too soon. Lastly, Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak. A fun book about months and soup. Fun to make your own song to!

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  21. Veens

    I hope you put up the list here as well πŸ™‚

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  22. Rebekah Joy Plett ()

    Okay. OKAY. I am all over this. I can’t think of books for 0 – 3 but I can think of other books for when the child is older and starts questioning its existence.

    1) “Yertle the Turtle” Dr. Seuss
    2) “The Red Tree” “The Lost Thing” “The Rabbits” Shaun Tan
    3) “Peter Piglet” John Rowe
    4) Anything (ANYTHING) by Shel Silverstein (it is a bit racy as in how back in the 60’s you were allowed to threaten your children with beatings) I particularly like “The Giving Tree” “The Big O” (I think it’s called) and “Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?”
    5) “The Wizard of Oz” rewritten and illustrated by Charles Santore
    6) Anything illustrated by Arthur Rackham
    7) Anything I may publish one day

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  23. Carrie K. ()

    The four titles that I remember reading aloud over and over and over to my kids when they were little are:

    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
    Sweet Dream Pie and The Napping House – both by Audrey and Don Wood

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    raidergirl3 Reply:

    Owl Babies!

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  24. Caitlin ()

    I’m sure there will be some overlap here, but these are my favorites:
    What fun!!

    Bill Martin Jr.:
    Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Eric Carle:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Very Busy Spider
    Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me
    Pancakes, Pancakes!

    Is Your Mama a Llama? Deborah Guarino

    Dr. Suess:
    The Foot Book
    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
    The Cat and the Hat
    There’s A Wocket in my Pocket

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

    All the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    Karen Katz:
    Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
    Daddy Hugs

    Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

    Jamberry by Bruce Dugen

    Sandra Boynton:
    Moo Baa LaLaLa!
    Doggies
    Hey! Wake Up!
    Barnyard Dance
    The Going to Bed Book
    The Belly Button Book
    Red Hat, Green Hat
    But Not the Hippopotamus

    Margaret Wise Brown:
    The Big Red Barn
    Goodnight Moon

    Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

    Roger Priddy:
    My Big Animal Book
    Baby ABCs

    Curious George by H.A. Rey

    Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

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  25. Amused ()

    Goodnight Moon although it’s already been said and any and all Berenstein Bears books for when he is maybe a little older!

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  26. Christie L.

    These are some of Alyssa’s favorite books this last year (which are not necessarily my favorite out of the books we bought her) πŸ˜‰ —

    The very busy spider – Eric Carle
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? – Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle
    Ten little ladybugs – Melanie Gerth
    My daddy and me – Amy E. Sklansky
    Open the barn door – Christopher Santoro
    Little puppy finger puppet book – chronicle books (dont know author)
    Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
    Little Mommy (little golden book) – Sharon Kane

    Alyssa loves books that have little flaps with hidden pictures at this point, along with touch and feel books. I can’t wait to read her the books I love though as she gets older! A couple of my faves are One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey, Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.

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  27. Mary Q.

    Not just the Dr. Seuss books (though they’re great!), but all of the Beginner Books, too, like:
    Go Dog, Go
    Hop on Pop
    Are you My Mother? (mentioned already — so cute!)
    etc.

    For tactile stimulation, the front and back covers of The Little Fur Family are made of fur, and Pat the Bunny is a classic.

    Wow, you’ve got so many wonderful suggestions here!

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  28. Lahni

    I love Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton. Oh and Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom.

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  29. The1stdaughter (Danielle) ()

    Funny you should ask… πŸ™‚

    First and foremost, for the first 3 years try and get as many board books and unjacketed hardbacks as possible. If at all possible pick up a few “throw away” books from places like Target that you don’t mind being a bit chewed up. Because, lets be honest, it’s going to happen…the inevitable chewing of a book (it’s disgusting and downright sad, but it happens), so why not to a book that is not your absolute favorite? Although, that may still happen. So the board books are definitely a better bet.

    As for actual books for under 3…

    Freight Train by Donald Crews (They do have a board book now! Yay!)
    10 Black Dots by Donald Crews

    By Byron Barton:
    Planes
    Trains
    Boats
    Trucks

    Leslie Patricelli books are fantastic! Especially since they’re larger board books:
    Potty
    No no Yes Yes
    Tubby
    Quiet Loud
    Big Little
    Blankie
    Binky
    Baby Happy Baby Sad
    Higher Higher

    Books by Tad Hills are great!
    Duck & Goose 1,2,3
    How Rocket Learned to Read
    Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin
    Duck, Duck, Goose

    Dr.Seuss Books:
    Hop on Pop
    Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
    Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
    From Head to Toe Board Book by Eric Carle

    The “That’s Not My…” series by Fiona Watt is fantastic! So any of those, but my personal favorites are:
    That’s Not My Pirate
    That’s Not My Monkey
    That’s Not My Truck
    That’s Not My Dolly
    That’s Not My Snowman

    Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

    Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (There are subsequent ones in the series that are also just as fantastic!)

    ANYTHING by Mo Willems is brilliant. Not only will you love it, but your kiddo will as well. My recommendation though…
    Start with the Cat the Cat books for when there littlest. They’re basic, but way cute!
    Then Elephant and Piggie are a MUST have!
    There’s also a new series he has coming out called Amanda & Her Alligator that is fantastic! I have a copy of the first and it’s wonderful!

    Good Night, Mr. Night by Dan Yaccarino

    Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin

    Olivia by Ian Falconer
    Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer

    Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
    Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

    Colors (Touch, Look, and Learn!) by Emily Bolam
    Numbers (Touch, Look, and Learn!) by Emily Bolam

    Go to Sleep, Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

    Look by Dwell Studio
    Touch and Feel Farm by Dwell Studio

    How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Yolen (Plus the others in this series are fantastic!)

    Picture This… Board Book by Alison Jay (One of my absolute favorite illustrators!)

    Okay…I’m going to stop. I could seriously keep going, but I won’t. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you need any more help or recommendations, I’d be happy to help!

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  30. Bella@BeguileThySorrow ()

    For ages 0-3 I definitely agree with the books people listed above:
    *Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
    *No, David! series by David Shannon
    *The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

    and I’d also recommend these great board books!:
    *Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland
    *Freight Train (board book version) by Donald Crews
    *Fish Eyes: a book you can count on by Lois Ehlert
    *On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
    *Oh, David!
    and the other Diaper David Board Books by David Shannon
    *Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli!! actually, the Leslie Patricelli board books are perfect with their funny humor and beautifully done cute baby illustrations:D

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  31. Lenore ()

    Barnyard Dance is my favorite Sandra Boynton. It is fun to read for you and little kids really get into it and dance around. So cute!

    Since you are having a boy, I can recommend getting some books with cars, trucks and construction vehicles. Richard Scarry is always good.

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    Carol Reply:

    Barnyard Dance was one of our faves, too.

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  32. Kylie

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (the first book that both of my kids “read” to me as we all knew it by rote!)

    Anything by Mo Williems

    Not sure if you can get these as they are Aussie authors, but so worth it if you can

    Anything by Mem Fox. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a perfect start

    Anything by Alison Lester

    The Midnight Gang by Margaret Wild

    Lynley Dodd’s Hairy McCleary Series (although she is a New Zealand author, Aussies often claim her, we do that!)

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  33. Anna

    What a great idea! The Girl’s absolute favorite book when she was a baby was Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. She made me read that book over and over….so many times I had it memorized and could recite it without the book in my hand.

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  34. Serena ()

    My favorite poetry books were Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein…my mom said I lit up when she read them to me and I still loved them when I was reading on my own. Can’t go wrong with those.

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  35. Terri

    Good Night Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, she also wrote Home For A Bunny. Both of these have a rhythm when you read out loud that just settles you and the kids down. Like a heartbeat.
    My boys also loved the Little Critter series – they seemed to have one for every occasion. Favourites were – I Just Forgot, Just Me and My Mom.

    Also, Where the WIld Things Are, another favourite.

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  36. motheretc

    We are currently loving Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans, a Little Golden Book classic, Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, and I Have to Go! by Robert Munsch. You might also be interested in checking out this wonderful blog I’ve recently discovered, which has great reviews and suggestions:
    http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/.

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  37. Teresa

    For books to read to kids of all ages check out this book I always buy for my friends with new babies along with a book or two for the baby: The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease…it is an awesome book chock full of recommendations of books to read aloud by age group….I refer to it often…I highly recommend it to all parents with kids of any age!

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  38. Liz Cohen

    If you don’t already know about Daniel Pinkwater, check him out.

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  39. Terrie

    Pat the Bunny (a touch and feel book). My kids loved to “pat” the bunny and all the other actions the book required. There are other books in the series. I used to love to play peek a boo with the kids, and there is a page of the book where you lift up a blanket and there are children hiding under it and they would love to say “peek-a-boo!”. I would have to read this book over and over again until I would beg to go on to another book.

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  40. Shelly Burns ()

    My pick is definitely Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Read to Your Bunny

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  41. Michael Kindness ()

    There are 4 board books by Kit Allen that both of my boys have loved: Longjohns, Galoshes, Swimsuit and Sweater. They are simply, but adorably illustrated and show a child getting dressed for a day out; one book for each of the 4 seasons.

    Our 1yo is currently obsessed with Longjohns and points until you read it at LEAST 4 times.

    Here’s a link to that one, so you can see how cute they are:

    http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780618229963

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  42. Bookfool, aka Nancy ()

    Wow!!! What a list you’ve got! I’m going to second Eric Carle recommendations. There are loads of classics that have been turned into board books and most kids go through a ripping stage, so have plenty of board books and little plastic books (the kind that float in the tub) for those first years. You got some terrific suggestions. I’m too old to remember what I read to my kids. I bought them pretty much one of everything. I had very few books as a kid, so I went way crazy. Oh . . . love Robert Munsch, too. The Paper Bag Princess is a favorite of mine. Not sure about the boys. LOL My eldest said one of his favorite books was Regards to the Man in the Moon. I remember that much.

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  43. Bookfool, aka Nancy ()

    Sorry, that makes it sound like Regards to the Man in the Moon is a Munsch book and it is not. I can’t remember the name of the author but it’s about a little boy who pretends a garbage can is a rocket ship, I think.

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  44. Amber Stults ()

    Two I recommend are “Little Mouse Gets Ready” by Jeff Smith and “Open Me… I’m a Dog!” by Art Spiegelman. Both are cute and humorous. I bought the Spiegelman book as a baby shower gift. Both mommy and son like to read it.

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  45. Alana

    What a great idea! I’ll have to remember that when it’s my turn and maybe have a book shower or something.

    Here are, in my opinion, the finest books ever written for small children. I loved them as a kid myself, so they’re all kind of, um…old.

    1. The Little Engine That Could- Watty Piper
    2. Little Golden Books, especially The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, and The Tawny Scrawny Lion
    3. Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom (lots of fun to listen to with the cool rhythm of the rhymes, and also a nice exposure to the alphabet at an early age)
    4. Get a treasury of classic nursery rhymes- you know, Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, etc. They’re pretty old-fashioned, but it seems like kids should know them.
    5. Treasury of fairy-tales (but maybe not the really morbid original versions)
    6. Harry the Dirty Dog- no idea who it’s by, or if it’s even still in print, but I loved it as a kid
    7. Are You My Mother?-P.D. Eastman (which is just a pen name for Dr. Seuss)

    Congrats!

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  46. Tif ()

    I really could go on and on about kids books, but I will try to narrow it down to some of my favorites . . . especially considering that a number of them have already been named above.

    Definitely Sandra Boynton! Our favorites include The Barnyard Dance, Moo Baa La La La, The Bedtime Book, Blue Hat Green Hat, and Snuggle Puppy. In fact, we sing Snuggle Puppy almost every day still!!!

    Gotta have the classic Pat the Bunny book. I’ve got two kids and I think we are on our 3rd copy! This is a MUST!

    For the older toddler, definitely Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems! These will keep you laughing and I even find myself saying, “Let’s read this one more time!!” HILARIOUS!!

    Gotta have Are You My Mother? . . . but I recommend the fabric version with the move-able baby bird! So stinkin’ cute!!

    Have you ever seen the Tails book by Van Fleet? There are others out now that I . . . I mean, my kids really, really want. Art is gorgeous and they are very interactive!

    Other classics include Where The Wild Things Are, Curious George, The Little Engine That Could, The MItten, and almost anything by Richard Scarry and Dr. Seuss!

    I really could go on and on, but I will stop there! If you need more recommendations, just holler! I’ve got more!! πŸ™‚

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  47. Kristina ()

    I have a 3 year old little boy and he loves loves loves all the scholastic board books! Some are nursery rhymes, some are sensory images, some are recognizing colors, body parts, numbers. He loves those and carries them around everywhere. He also likes the books that have the flaps that you can look under.

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  48. booklover

    I loved the book Mummy Laid an Egg. Babette Cole has great kids books πŸ™‚

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  49. Debbie's World of Books ()

    My daughter is three and loves:
    The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

    When she was little she really liked:
    Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
    The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear (she didn’t care for Polar Bear, Polar Bear as much)
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
    Pretty much any lift the flap book by Karen Katz
    I Love You Through and Through

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  50. Becky West

    My favorites were The Monster at the End of This Book and by age 4 I could recite dozens and dozens of Shel Silverstein’s poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, though as a child I did not like the Giving Tree because I thought the kid was mean.

    I also had a book of fairies with intricately drawn illustrations that I could stare at for hours.

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  51. Jeanne ()

    I think But Not the Hippopotamus and Moo, Baa, La La La are the best of Boynton. Also you should get her book and cd collections, because then you have something to sing to the wee one; our favorite is Philadelphia Chickens.

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  52. Ann

    My daughter is pregnant and I’m collecting the Mr. Men books for her. I used to read them to her when she was a child and we lived in England. I found some of them at Half Price Books.
    Ann

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  53. Monica ()

    ANYTHING by Dr. Seuss
    Everything by Robert Munsch, ESPECIALLY “Love You Forever”
    One Upon a Potty by Alana Frankel (comes in both girl and boy versions with different illustrations)

    And then I’d suggest picking a parenting book for you and your partner. Do some research and maybe select something that will be good for the first few years of Baby’s life.

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  54. paul stickland ()

    The Paper Bag Princess was a big hit with all my five boys and so many of the others above (lovely to see my Dinosaur Roar mentioned!) My Tabitha 21 months just loves Goodnight Gorilla, me too! Used to have a book called Big Hat Small Hat, which I have sadly lost, who was that by?

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  55. Gayle ()

    I am a little late to the party, but for 0-3 here are some faves:

    Dear Zoo (the best!!)
    Goodnight Gorilla
    Ten Minutes Til Bedtime (should be read along with Goodnight Gorilla)
    That’s Not My _______ (dog, doll, bear, truck, etc.)
    Llama Llama Red Pajama
    Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

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  56. Barbara

    OK, I’m coming late to the show—all the Sandra Boynton books but especially Barnyard Dance. And of course Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.
    And I’ll add Are You my Mother and Jamberryj!
    Barbara

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  57. Lisa

    You’ve got a lot of great suggestions for books so I won’t add any more to your list but I will give this tip: babies eat books; do not freak out if a corner of a very beloved book disappears over time. But if you know it’s one you’ll want to have for the next baby (or even for those someday grandchildren) buy a second copy so baby can keep enjoying the book however he prefers!

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