Sunday, August 5, 2012

Building Babies First Library

We all know the importance of reading to your infant, even when they are still in the womb.  But, are you aware of how to start your babies first library or what titles to choose.  As an educator and on our third pregnancy, we have quite an extensive home library.  My sister on the other hand is just starting to build her library and I wanted to help her and other first time mothers get started on Babies First Library.  Here is a sample of the classics we have chosen for our home library. Each book has been read so many times, I'm sure I could recite them all word for word!  In no particular order:
By Don Freeman
A funny, timeless story of how a little girl named Lisa and a teddy bear become best friends.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
A newborn caterpillar takes you on a journey to transform into a butterfly. Who doesn't dream of eating one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon in one day?

Is Your Mama a Llama?
By Deborah Guarino
Lloyd the Llama's quizzes his friends about their mamas. When his buddies (including a bat, a seal, a duckling, and a calf) give Lloyd clues about their moms, he has to guess what kind of animal they are.
Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown
A little rabbit prepares for bed as he says goodnight to everything in his room, and the world outside his window.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
By Eileen Christelow
Kids will enjoy the repetition and rhyming, and parents will totally relate to the exhausted mama monkey.
Guess How Much I Love You
By Sam McBratney
A young bunny and his dad go back and forth about how much they love each other, each one trying to express more love than the previous. 
Good Night, Gorilla
By Peggy Rathmann
A mischievous gorilla snatches a zookeeper's keys and releases all of his animal friends to secretly spend the night at the zookeeper's house.
Are You My Mother?
By P.D. Eastman
A baby bird is on a quest to find his mother after falling from his nest. He asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow, an airplane, and a snort (actually a steam shovel) if they are his mother, before eventually being reunited with her, back in the nest.
Love You Forever
By Robert Munsch
The relationship between a boy and his mother from his infancy into his adulthood, as their roles shift and responsibility for the other shifts from mother to son, who by the end, has become a father to a little girl of his own. 
The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats
A little boys day of events when snow has covered everything in sight. 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin, Jr.
With the rhymes and repetition, the question-and-answer format young listeners will be sure to participate .
Runaway Bunny
By Margaret Wise Brown
A mother's unconditional love for her child. As her baby bunny tells her of his plans to run away, the pair engage in a make-believe game of chase, where she changes to find him, no matter how far away he travels.

Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak
A child called Max plays around his home making "mischief" in a wolf costume one evening. As punishment, his mother sends him to bed without supper. The book then takes you through his journey to Where the Wild Things Are.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
By Laura Numeroff
If a hungry mouse comes to your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, what will come next??
Chick Chicka Boom Boom
By Bill Martin, Jr
The letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: "Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!"
Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Shel Silverstein
A collection of children's poetry that addresses many common childhood concerns and also presents purely fanciful stories.

Whether you decide to purchase or check out these books from the local library.  This is definitely a list of must reads and bedtime favorites. 

What are/were must reads with your children?

1 comment:

  1. I have several of those books and a bunch more. I love reading and since becoming a mom I love reading to my daughter. I recently started getting the Little Miss books for her.