UPDATE: Baby Alice has arrived! Alice Early Herrmann was born on March 24, weighs 8 pounds and 7 ounces and she's 21 inches long! We are all so excited! Currently her favorite activities include eating and hiccuping but we will have her selling books in no time!
Even before I found out I was pregnant last July, my husband, Erik, and I were already planning a library for our future little one. We are both readers who grew up with a rich selection of books at our disposal throughout childhood, and we wanted to make sure that our child could grow up with an even richer literary childhood. He and I both have favorites we grew up with, and we both have newer picture books we've fallen in love with as adults (because come on, who can resist the adorableness of Llama Llama or Olivia?). We have a library in our house already - over a thousand books that range from YA to cookbooks to classics to books in Latin and German - but we've been lacking in the baby and young readers department for a while now. With Baby Alice on the way, we decided this was a void we needed to fill as soon as possible! Even though she won't be reading for herself or asking for bedtime stories anytime in the immediate future, I think it's never too early to share the gift of reading with your little one, whether that involves reading to your baby bump, your newborn, or your smiling toddler!
There has also been a recent trend for baby showers which involves gifting a book instead of a card along with your shower gift. It's a tradition I'd heard of from many bookstore customers, and I've long thought that this is a brilliant idea! Cards are nice, but they usually end up shoved into a baby book or a box in the attic (if they aren't simply thrown away). They're nice, but they don't really offer any use to a baby or new parents. Gifting a favorite children's book with a message inside, however, is a wonderful gift that can not only help fill a new baby's library with fun books to read but also invites a direct and personal link between the gift-giver and the new baby. After all, baby is going to grow up surrounded by the favorite books of friends and family, books filled with messages of well-wishes and love! My best friends, who threw my shower, even included a cute library card with the shower invitation to explain this request to guests:
With that in mind, I wanted to share my list of books that I am excited to give to my own daughter when she is born (any day now!). There books range from favorites I or my husband grew up with to classics to books we simply thought were cute. Some of them we own, some we still plan to buy, but all would make wonderful gifts for the baby or toddler in your life! And don't forget to write a short message on the inside of the book so that as baby grows and reads, he or she can know who their favorite books came from!
Goodnight Moon is a children's classic that should be in ever child's library! This was one of the first books we got for Baby Alice (courtesty of Michelle).
Like Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are is a classic that every child should have the opportunity to experience!
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
Katy's distress at being a kangaroo with no pouch is quickly remedied by a kindly construction worker.
If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....
John and Michelle gave us a copy of this book for our baby shower, and Erik and I love to sing this song! We are also a very culinary family, so we're excited to celebrate some of Louisiana's most popular foods (many of which we enjoy often) with Baby Alice!
I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, (hence naming my daughter Alice), and I absolutely adore these little BabyLit board books! Jabberwocky is my favorite - it features lovely and colorful illustrations to accompany the first stanza of the famous poem!
BabyLit(R) is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library'.
"Will delight bookish babes of all ages." --Cool Mom Picks
Follow the white rabbit down the hole and drink from the purple bottle to meet an orange cat, a blue caterpillar, a mad hatter with a brown hat, and the queen of red hearts in Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit(R) Colors Primer. Kids will love Alison Oliver's colorful and cheeky illustrations bringing life to Little Master Carroll's beloved children's classic.
Get swept away by Little Master Shakespeare's tale of two star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit(R) Counting Primer. Count friends, kisses, love letters, and roses in this charming retelling of Shakespeare's famous story of young love.
Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit(R) Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals Alison Oliver's charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams' clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved class
I grew up reading Comet's Nine Lives, and it remains one of my favorite books from my childhood!
Llama Llama is my favorite picture book series! I can't recommend this adorable little llama enough!
Llama Llama, morning light.
Feeling yucky, just not right.
Down to breakfast.
Yucky music, great big feet.
Ladies smelling way too sweet.
Look at knees and stand in line.
Llama Llama starts to whine.
What's the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on.
Dewdney's catchy rhymes, effortless rhythm, and adorable artwork can now be enjoyed by even younger audiences. Toddlers will love this perfect read-aloud.
Start a brand-new day the Llama way with this new board book by Anna Dewdney. A good day starts with breakfast and brushing, kissing and hugging.
Mo Willems' Pigeon books are adorable and hilarious! This little pigeon causes more trouble than you'd ever think a bird could!
The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read.
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...
A picture book classic!
One of School Library Journal’s "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time (2012)
One of the National Education Association’s "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."
From New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman comes an affirming poem for unconventional, powerful, growing daughters at any age.
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?
Including a special feature, die cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience.
“In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.”
Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!
The #1 New York Times Bestseller
This irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is "a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers," according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.
An interactive picture book from the New York Times bestselling "Prince of Preschool"
Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.
Have fun with Olivia...
-building sand castles
-painting on walls
-and -- whew! --
going to sleep at last.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011!
A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.
The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner!
From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale.
Though this book is a bit more complex than most picture books, it is an absolutely beautiful book about the power of reading! It's one of my favorite picture books of all time!
Llama Llama’s tale of nighttime drama has charmed readers as a classic hardcover for a full decade. For the first time, Anna Dewdney’s infectious rhyming text and expressive artwork are available for the youngest of readers in this board book edition.
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful classic children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
This easy-to-read, must-have classic about a baby bird in search of his mother is perfect for every day!
As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!$7.99ISBN: 9780399240461Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Warne - June 30th, 2003
Already available in board book format, this very first Spot book now has a brand-new cover in a fresh, vibrant color that makes it jump off the shelf.$6.99ISBN: 9780763615765Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Candlewick - November 12th, 2001
"Alborough's simplicity results in another gem." — School Library Journal$5.99ISBN: 9780671449018Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little Simon - November 30th, 1982
This raucous story about the sounds animals make—including three pigs who say "la la la!"—is just right for reading aloud.
Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books.$7.99ISBN: 9781442450707Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little Simon - August 28th, 2012
The complete edition of the bestselling children’s favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, is now available as a Classic Board Book!
A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”
When all the letters of the alphabet race one another$6.99ISBN: 9780152067045Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 16th, 2009There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep?
$19.99ISBN: 9781442403796Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 24th, 2010
From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet.
Eye-Popping Fun for Toddlers!
Eight ingenious pull tabs, seven pettable textures, and an astonishing fold-out finale deliver interactive surprises on every page as a cast of irresistible critters use their heads to demonstrate opposites, actions, and more!Email or call for priceISBN: 9780152167738Availability: Out of PrintPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2003
Matthew Van Fleet's interactive board books are perfect for little ones who want to play with their books! There are so many tabs and texures for babies to enjoy, and the books are cute as can be!$9.99ISBN: 9780545903158Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Cartwheel Books - August 25th, 2015Scholastic Early Learners: Interactive books for hands-on learning. Perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders, too!
Lift the Flap First 100 Words is an entertaining board book that encourages children to lift the flaps and learn first words!
$9.99ISBN: 9780394800011Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Have a ball with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat in this classic picture book...but don't forget to clean up your mess!$16.99ISBN: 9780394800790Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch-mas cheer with the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas--the ultimate Dr. Seuss classic that no collection is complete without!
Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!
$9.99ISBN: 9780394800165Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Green Eggs and Ham is another one of those classics that every kid needs to own! I could probably recite half of this book from memory from the crazy number of times I read it as a child! It remains, in my opinion, one of Dr. Seuss' best!$16.99ISBN: 9780394800899Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Embrace diversity with Dr. Seuss and the Sneetches in this collection of stories about acceptance! The new matte finish cover makes it a great gift!$9.99ISBN: 9780394800301Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Arguably the most entertaining alphabet book ever written, this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr.$9.99ISBN: 9780394800295Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Join Dr. Seuss in this classic rhyming picture book–"the simplest Seuss for youngest use."
Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud with Dad! The rollicking rythym will keep kids entertained on every page, and it's an especially good way to show Pop some love on Father’s Day!$9.99ISBN: 9780394800387Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
Find out how wacky words can be with Dr. Seuss and the Fox in Socks in this classic hardcover picture book of tounge tanglers!
$9.99ISBN: 9780394809373Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers -
This was my personal favorite Seuss book as a kid! I can't tell you how many times I made my mom read it to me! Something about the rhythm and rhyme of this book about feet just made me smile!$9.99ISBN: 9780394806228Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1970
This Seuss classic is perfect for younger babies who aren't quite ready for storytime but love to listen to their parents' voices! Mr. Brown makes all sorts of silly noises that can make even young babies smile!$9.99ISBN: 9780394831299Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1975
The possibilities are endless in Dr. Seuss's classic Beginner Book—the perfect gift for grads, from kindergarten to college!$9.99ISBN: 9780394839127Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 1978
Read up a storm with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat–plus his friend Young Cat!
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.$16.99ISBN: 9780394865805Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 1984
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently.$18.99ISBN: 9780679805274Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 22nd, 1990
Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond!$9.99ISBN: 9780553520576Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2015
An introduction to the world of Dr. Seuss—for babies and babies-to-be!
$9.99ISBN: 9780394823959Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1972
When a spunky mouse invites a passing bird to see what's inside a People House, chaos ensues while beginning readers learn the names of 65 common household items—and that people are generally not pleased to find mice and birds in their houses! A super simple, delightfully silly introduction to objects around the home—from none other than Dr. Seuss!