As you have probably heard over and over again: it is never too early to start reading to your child. Making books part of your bedtime routine is a great way to get your child on a consistent schedule, and this helps them sleep better (which is great news for you!). Here is a list of my Top 10 (or Top 15-ish) books that have been my favorite to read to my little one during the first years of her life; more importantly, my daughter loves these books!
The Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book is great if you want to see your baby or toddler fascinated by a book, then you need to pull out this finger pupper book. My little one gets so excited each time we pull this book out. She kisses the giraffe every time. The author makes other finger-puppet books as well.
2. Goodnight Moon
3. The Going to Bed Book
4. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
This book was a favorite at one point in my life, and I’m eager to be able to read it to my daughter. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) is a great book for children who are in their toddler years, especially considering they don’t make this book in the sturdy “baby and young toddler proof” boardbook form. I love the graphics of this book.
5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Every 4-year-old that I’ve come in contact with over the last couple of years has something to say about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. They love this book. This is for children 3-years and up, but it’s definitely a book you want to have in stock.
6. White on Black
White on Black is a great book for newborns, because many newborn babies love black and white contrast images (starting at around 3-weeks-old). My little one loved black and white images and it was so fun to see my child fascinate over something for the first time ever. Read more about black and white images on my post 1 Simple Way to Entertain Your Newborn Baby.
7. So Big! With Elmo
So Big! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Beginnings)
8. Love You Forever
9. Guess How Much I Love You
The book Guess How Much I Love You is yet another book that is paired well with a stuffed animal friend, like this rabbit character. This is a cute book to read during the day with your child.
10. Good Night World Series
Great Baby Gift Ideas – Book Theme
These Good Night Our World Series books make great baby shower gift presents because they personal add a touch to the gift. The book series has books for various cities and states, like Good Night Chicago, Good Night Philadelphia, Good Night New Jersey, Good Night San Diego, and many more locations around the United States.
11. More of My Favorites from Author, Sandra Boynton:
- Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items
- Must-Read – “Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving”
- Top 4 Must-Have Baby Bibs (2013)
- Top 20 Must-Have Items for Sick Baby or Toddler
- Best Humidifiers for Baby (Easy-to-Use)
- 5 Great Toys for Young Toddlers
- The Must-Have Clothing Item For Your Newborn Baby
- Sleep Issues and Your Baby: Must-Read Book
- Funny Books that Will Make Any Pregnant Woman Laugh