My son is now 2 and a half, and his daycare buddies are not far behind. Over the past couple of years, we have accumulated quite the collection of books for babies and toddlers. In addition to this, we have borrowed many children's books from the library. By now, it is quite obvious which books should be among the first to introduce babies to. (I'll save why I think some books win out over the others for another post.) Here are my top picks.
Birth to 15 months
- There are four similar books by Helen Oxenbury that are, without a doubt, my favourite first books for kids: "All Fall Down", "Clap Hands", "Say Goodnight", "Tickle Tickle".
(Image from: http://books.simonandschuster.com/All-Fall-Down/Helen-Oxenbury/Oxenbury-Board-Books/9780689819858)
2. "Get to Work Trucks", by Don Carter.
3. "Dinosaur ROAR!", by Paul & Henrietta Stickland.
4. "Barnyard Dance!" by Sandra Boynton.
5. Mary Engelbreit's "Mother Goose".
6. "Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo", by Kevin Lewis.
7. "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?", by Bill Martin Jr.
8. "B is for Bear", by Roger Priddy.
9. "Duck in the Truck", by Jez Alborough.
10. "Mortimer", by Robert Munsch.