Having spent many of my working hours pre-Caroline in a preschool classroom reading book after book I knew that reading would be an important part of my parenting style. Caroline first discovered book at 2 months old when I, in an attempt to entertain her in between naps, pulled out Dr. Seuss' ABCs. She's been completely mesmerized by the book ever since.
I started working on a list of favorite children's books before Caroline was even born (based off the books I read to my class). Now that list is growing rapidly as I discover more books with Caroline (and yes, many fails that don't make the list).
Here is my (and baby Caroline's) list of 25 Children's Books Worth Reading...
(in no particular order)
1) On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, celebrating the one and only ever you
2) The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann, such a fun book about a little boy who saves the day when the babies crawl away from the town fair chasing after butterflies.
3) The Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton, Hippos and their appreciation for their belly buttons...or as they say "bee bo"! Lots of silly fun.
4) It's Time to Sleep My Love by Nancy Tillman, beautiful pictures and a beautiful bedtime lullaby in story form.
5) The Story of Ferdinand
6) The Kissing Hand, a good story for children nervous about being away from home and mommy
7) Goodnight Ocean
8) Horton Hears a Who
9) Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry, a classic tale of how a bunny and cat become friends despite their instinctual differences
10) The Runaway Bunny, about a mother's love for her little bunny
11) Owl Moon, this story about exploring the snowy woods after dark is great for a snow day
12) Bread and Jam for Frances, a good story for picky eaters
13) Night, Night Little Pookie
14) The Duckling Gets a Cookie?
15) Goodnight Moon
16) Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
17) Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
18) Love Song for a Baby by Marion Dane Bauer
19) Tell Me About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, a beautiful story about adoption and how it makes a family
20) Tumford the Terrible by Nancy Tillman, a fun book about a mischievous cat learning to say "I'm sorry"
21) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
22) I Love You Forever
23) Dr. Seuss' ABCs
24) The Jesus Storybook Bible, our favorite children's Bible...very gospel centered as it carries the theme of a Savior and our need for him into every story including the Old Testament ones
25) Shelia Rae the Brave
Oh, and in case you're wondering in these pictures Caroline and I are reading On the Night You Were Born by my favorite children's book author Nancy Tillman.
What are some of your favorite children's books to read to your child?