Where to find great books for babies and kids

Earlier this month, I was so excited to have Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books kick off our series of “Best Books for Little Ones.”  I think it’s a completely awesome thing to have so many creative minds out there in the world sharing and inspiring us.

When you think of “first books” for babies, everyone knows the standards: Guess How Much I Love You, Pat the Bunny, Goodnight Moon or The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  And, don’t get me wrong, there’s a reason these are books everyone loves: they’re fantastic!

But, trust me that if you’re expecting right now, you will get each of these as a gift at some point.  So as you make some purchases on your own to build your little one’s library, you might as well explore some of the many, many, many other terrific books out there.

Vanessa was the first book blogger I began following, and I absolutely love her “books for babies” list – you’ll find ABC books, “I Love You” books, nursery rhyme books and more.  I found a new one for my wishlist just today within Vanessa’s “Good Night” section: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Kate Toms.

Another great site for book inspiration is Julia’s Bookbag; I love that on this blog, Julia’s Mom (Melissa) features photos and stories from their everyday world followed by a book that relates to their experiences.

One of the things I believe can make stories really special is when your child can relate to them.  Gracie’s one quarter Chinese and I am so excited to read her Dim Sum for Everyone and Chinese Children’s Stories one day soon.  The blog “Brown Like Me” also has a mission of promoting heritage and culture and can help parents find great books that star characters that “look” like their kids.

And finally: one of my absolute favorite children’s book sites – One Potato.  One Potato’s mission is to do exactly what I’m urging YOU to do now – find the lesser known books, the books less read, the “undiscovereds.”  Find them… and LOVE them.

I don’t think there’s any better book purchase than one that was a recommendation from a friend.  Tell me which books are your “must haves” and “most loved!”

Photo from Kate Byars Photography

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6 Responses to “Where to find great books for babies and kids”

  1. Melissa@Julia's Bookbag July 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Kate!

    Thank you ever so much for your wonderful comments about our blog, really appreciate the mention! Finding inspiring books for tots and kids is such a joy isn’t it? So glad you mentioned Vanessa’s blog as well, because really, there can never be enough FUN BOOK GOODNESS :) Thanks again and come visit us again soon!

  2. Melissa@Julia's Bookbag July 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh almost forgot! To answer your query: My most loved baby/toddler book of ALL TIME is “The Little Fur Family” by Margaret Wise Brown!


  3. Ben July 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Hi Kate!

    Great site recommendations!

  4. silly eagle books July 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Great post, Kate! I’m glad you found some books for your wishlist and also glad you discovered Julia’s bookbag and Brown Like Me–I love those blogs, too. http://www.littlepageturners.com is another great book blog that Iove. :)

    For when Gracie is older (i.e. into books with paper pages), I recommend The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Shaeffer. It’s set in China and the illustrations are gorgeous.

    Also, I recently discovered Que te Gusta/What Do You Like by Michael Grejniec. It’s a beautiful spanish/english book for babies and toddlers. One of my new favorites.


  5. Tracy Fisher July 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I love The I Believe Bunny books by Tish Rabe, they are sweet and simple, which is the perfect combo for my little one’s bedtime stories.

  6. Kate Sundy-Hong July 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks for the comments, everyone :) I love your suggestions… NONE of them were ones I had heard of before so I’ve added them to our “must read” list. Thanks again!