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