Some of these are great to read to your newborn even though they can’t understand what you are saying. It just feels good to read to them and to your fellow baby care giver during or after a long day. Others are good for anytime in the first year. Here are some of my favorites.
Have you seen Trees?
Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain
At This Very Moment – Jim Arnosky
Molly Bang* – All of Me, 8,9,10, When Sophie Gets Angry, My Light,
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Mac Barnett*- Mustache, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, Oh No!, Oh No! Not Again, chloe and the lion,
Judi Barrett* – Animals should definitely not wear clothing, The marshmallow incident
Barbara Bottner – Miss Brooks’ Story Nook, Miss Brooks loves books, *
Margaret Wise Brown – Love Songs of the Little Bear*
You Will Be My Friend *
Who says Women can’t be doctors?
Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Little Blue Truck
Wild About books
Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stuntshow
Virginia Lee Burton – The Little House,
Ten Little Mummies
Gerald McDermott- Musicians of the Sun,
Will you read to me?
Sex is a funny word
It’s okay to be different
Donald Crews – Freight Train
Peck, Peck, Peck
Mem Fox – Hello Baby!
Is there really a human race?
Click Clack Moo Cows that type
Yes Yes Yaul
Kristy Dempsey – Mini racer
The Magic Pillow
Tomie DePaula – The Art Lesson, Jack
Once upon a twice
Look and See: What am I* – there are more like this in the series
Eric carle – Mister Seahorse The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Little Owl’s Night – gift from Grandpa Joel
Lois Ehlert – Lot’s of Spots, Ten Little Caterpillars
Z is for Moose *
Barbara Bottner, An Annoying ABC,
Dr Seuss’s A, B, C
The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z by Steve Martin and Roz Chast
Living Sunlight by Molly Bang
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
Older than the Stars –
You are Stardust
Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton
The Universe Verse
The Tree that Time Built
Moody Cow Meditates
Hailstones and halibut bones by Mary o’neil
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Greet the Dawn by S.D Nelson
Over in the Forest
Over in the Ocean
Over in the Hollow
Giving Thanks – A native American Good Morning Message by Jake Swamp
Ashley Bryan* – Who built the stable?
The Song of Francis by Tomie De Paola
Creation by Gerald McDermott
Little Tree – a Christmas poem by EE Cummings
Good Night Moon – A classic. Why is it a classic you may ask? I don’t know. Maybe something to do with the strange yet comforting repetition of saying goodnight to things we don’t usually wish goodnight. Sort of an animism-lite.
On the Day You Were Born – All of nature knows your baby is coming and as they spread the message you can read about various natural processes that will be occurring while your baby is about to come out. If you don’t cry at the last page you need to get in touch with your feelings.