One of my friends recently had a baby shower. She has siblings, in-laws, and family friends who are all donating hand me downs so she really didn’t need or want most of the more “traditional” baby shower gifts. So I did what any self-respecting mother of five would do: I asked my friend what she wanted for the impending arrival. Her answer was both simple and incredibly complex – she wanted books to read to her baby at bedtime. At least getting the books would be fairly easy, but the question of which books led me down a rabbit hole of internet research. So I turned to my friends for advice, asking what their baby or toddler’s favourite book was and this is the list I came up with – 5 books that kids love and parents don’t mind reading over and over again.
Goodnight Gorilla is definitely high on the list of books I love. Kids can easily follow the words in the story, there aren’t many of them but the illustrations more than make up for the lack of words. Its re-readability factor is high too, which is good when your child wants the same book every night for 4 months. Not that I’d know anything about that.
Each Peach Pear Plum
This adorable rhyming book was around when I was a kid and has aged far more gracefully than I have. It is just as awesome for little ears now as it was then. This was the original “I spy” book – each page has a fictional character from a fairy tale hidden on it and while infants can’t find the hidden character, the book grows with kids as they get older.
Speaking of adorable rhymes, The Gruffalo has a great rhyming cadence and kids love the repetition – it helps them join in and “read” the book with you. The Gruffalo is a story about a mouse who wants to walk in the woods – a very dangerous endeavour for a little mouse when the woods are full of things that like to eat mice! To stay safe, the mouse invents an imaginary monster – but what if the monster wasn’t imaginary?
The Very Cranky Bear
I love books with a moral and this one has a great one that even parents need to hear sometimes: Everybody has a special talent, even if they don’t think they do. The Very Cranky Bear is the story of a very cranky bear (shocking, I know) and the 4 animal friends who try to cheer him up. It’s a delightful story with adorable illustrations.
The Going To Bed Book
No discussion of books for babies and toddlers would be complete without a Sandra Boynton book and The Going To Bed Book is one of my favourites. There is no way I could pick a single favourite Boynton book, but this one is a great bedtime book. I have several friends whose kids loved this book so much they can still recite it by heart even though their youngest child is in school! The catchy rhymes, fun illustrations, and charming characters will make it an instant favourite.
So those are the five books I got my friend for her baby shower. What books were (or are) a huge hit with your little ones? Did I miss your favourite? Share below!