All titles: Ages 0-3, 5 Flags
I love tiny clothes as much as the next mom, but how many sleepers or onesies does a baby really need? A librarian friend gave me the first five of the following board books as a shower gift. All five were a huge hit with my little one from the time she was six months until I carefully packed them away last summer. A thoughtful and meaningful gift my daughter and I will always treasure. Help foster a love of reading from a child’s first months by considering the titles from this list for the next time you need a baby gift.
Written and Illustrated by Jez Alborough
As he wanders through the jungle, a baby chimp named Bobo observes various animals hugging affectionately and he decides he wants some loving too! Luckily, Mama Chimp is near to provide all the cuddling her little one craves.
Colors (Slide ‘n Seek)
Written and Illustrated by Chuck Murphy
A fun introduction to colors and animals with simple text.
A “heads up”: My daughter loved to slide the tabs on this book, but one of them often got stuck, causing her to wail in frustration. She did not develop the dexterity to cope with this until was close to 18 months old.
Baby Animals (DK Baby Genius)
Beautiful color photographs and simple captions describing the animals’ actions (sleeping, standing, peeking, romping, etc.) A good companion book for a trip to the zoo.
Pooh’s Five Little Honeypots (Disney)
In this simple rhyming story, Pooh happily devours the contents of five honeypots. Slide the honeypots over as Pooh finishes each one. A nice tactile feature that thoroughly entertained my daughter.
Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
“The moon is up / It’s getting late / Let’s get ready to celebrate / It’s Pajama Time!” A fun read for anytime of the day.
(These next five are my additions to the list.)
Written and Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
It’s time to say goodnight, but a mischievous gorilla and his zoo animal friends follow Joe the zookeeper right into his home when he’s getting ready for bed. A delightful story with minimal text that invites discussion of the illustrations.
My Many Colored Days
Written by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher
Rich illustrations blend with subtle Seussian rhyme to introduce moods and emotions by associating them with different colors and animals.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Written by Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
A classic with vibrant pictures, Brown Bear unfolds in a pattern that even young babies quickly learn to anticipate.
Written and Illustrated by Byron Barton
Written and Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli