Posted: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Education.com recently got together for a staff baby shower. Everyone was asked to share their favorite children’s books to help start a library for the mom-to-be. We’re a group of perpetual kids at heart, so getting together this basket of children’s classics was a total blast. And since we just can’t get enough of these fantastic books, we also decided to share our picks with the community!
With child development gurus and expert moms among us, many opted to pick out a sensory baby book, filled with colors, textures, and shapes. Some top picks include:
If I were a giraffe (Aneta’s pick), Colors and Shapes (Jyothee), Colors (Daniel), Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfisterand (Candace), Peek-a-Who? By Nina Laden (Danielle), and That’s Not My Dinosaur (Amanda).
Richard Scarry’s word books (Denise and Lorri) were popular picks for verbal development, with images and words to match. Another favorite was First 100 Words (Seema).
Not surprisingly, many picked out timeless children’s books that many grew up reading and adored. These popular picks included:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Alex)
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (Kristi)
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Ron)
Are you My Mother? By P.D. Eastman (Vicki)
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (Julie)
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Carol)
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Jenny)
The Hungry Little Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Yale, Beebe and Ariana)
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Patrick)
The Little Prince by Antoine De Sant-Exupery (Seann)
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Carlee)
Many of us grew up reading the imaginative poems of Shel Silverstein, so our staff pick was A light in the Attic (Jody), which is filled with his classic poems and drawings.
Some parents in the group highly recommend the Caldecott Honor Mo Williams’ Pigeon books, including Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (Kat) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Todd), guaranteeing lots of giggles!
There were a handful of newer books that are sure to be classics in their own time, including the Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth (Bob), Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer (Jackie), and Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld (Graham). Also a great way to read the classic fairytales and stories is to buy a new collection such as The Family Storybook Treasury (Jeremy).
Dr. Seuss holds a special place in many of our hearts. Our favorites were Green Eggs and Ham (Miguel) and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Brandon).
Finally, a few of us picked out holiday classics, because the baby will arrive just in time for Christmas! The favorites included The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (Johanna) and The Berenstein Bears Trim the Tree (Lauren).