Top 10 Best Baby Books
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
November 14, 2011
Filed Under Books
Contributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Whether educational, visually stimulating or as much for new Moms and Dads as baby, reading to our young ‘uns is a rite of passage.
There’s only one small glitch, sorting through the billions and billions (as Carl Sagan might say) of options.
Alas, your search is over. I think you’ll find at least a few of the top ten best baby books below to your liking.
10. Good Night Gorilla
As you’ll note working your way through the best baby books list, getting little Johnny to sleep is a common theme amongst the great ones Good Night Gorilla is no exception. What sets this one apart from some is it’s ideal for parents who don’t want to, or are simply too tired to actually read. This story is told almost entirely through pictures, definitely catching baby’s attention.
9. Baby Memory Book
Okay, not a book in the reading sense, but these have to be on the best baby books list. If you have older children and have ever taken the time to sit down with a glass of wine, TV off and spend a quiet hour or so paging through an old memory book, you know. Of course, the flip side of memory books is the instant aging that occurs when you realize she’s “already 14!” Even with that painful reality, it’s worth it.
8. Belly Button Book
Similar in concept to best baby books item #4 below, it’s been scientifically proven that babies and their parents are borderline obsessed with belly buttons. Maybe it’s the all-purpose nature of them (collecting unwanted lint in one neat, easy package) or some innate calling; the fact remains belly buttons are cool. One of the best baby and children’s authors around, Sandra Boynton has captured the essence of the innie (or outie).
7. C is for Coco
Whether or not you buy into the theory that 2-month old children can learn Mozart in a week simply by sleeping with a headset cranked to some concerto or another, I figure it can’t hurt, right? Same applies to giving the little one a head start with her letters. C is for Coco may be the impetus needed to join the professional spelling bee tour, or some other worthwhile scholastic ambition.
6. Hello, Moon!
Bath books, what a great concept. This book written by Phillipe Dubarle-Bossy is made of durable, waterproof cloth and is full of vivid pictures and colorful pages. It also comes with a Velcro strap so you can slap it on the side of the crib, or even use it as a mobile. There’s a Hello, Sun! book too if it turns out Jr. likes serials.
5. pat the bunny
Our love of 3-D can’t start early enough, as evidenced by this classic written by Edith Kunhardt Davis. With a fuzzy, bunny-like cover, playing with it’s half the fun. The psychologists will tell you it helps to build motor skills, sensory perception and all that other psycho-babble. Personally? It just feels good.
4. Toes, Ears and Nose
For some unknown reason, many parents have a borderline psychosis-like fascination with their new baby’s digits and assorted sensory organs. The “got your nose” game will keep some parents occupied for hours, long after baby has gone to la-la land. Now, you have an excuse; you’re just reading Marion Dane Bauer’s classic, not exhibiting obsessive/compulsive behavior.
3. Mr. Brown Can Moo
As with best baby books (almost) chart topper Margaret Wise Brown below, a Dr. Seuss inclusion in the list is a moral, if not legal, obligation. The greatest body of kids literature in the history of mankind, hands down. By prepared for this one though, it requires parents to participate mimicking various barnyard-like sounds. Not for the shy or skittish.
2. Goodnight Moon
Any list of the best baby books must include Margaret Wise Brown; particularly this classic. If you’re not familiar with this one, or maybe it’s been a while, Goodnight Moon walks baby and you through the getting ready to hit-the-hay routine. Of course, the little bundle of joy will be up again in an hour and half, giving you another shot at honing your craft.
1. Love you Forever
Robert Muncsh penned this instant classic about 25 years ago. Now, Top 10 lists are subjective as we all know. But I can state, unequivocally, this it the best baby book ever written. I have yet to find a parent who’s read this to their child and not had to wipe at least a few tears; Moms and Dads alike. Good tears mind you, I mean, it’s not like there’s a chemical waste spill or anything.