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Books on the baby brain

Okay you guys, let’s get real. I have a lot of baby on the brain. And I promise NOT to talk about baby all the time here, but when I’m so excited about books AND I’m so excited about baby, it’s bound to happen every once in awhile!

I’ve started thinking about what books we’ll be reading to baby during all those feedings the first months, and then later when they are old enough to want a bedtime story! I’ve already got a list going of course because I live for lists. I’m definitely interested to know what you read to your kiddos from in utero onward! And/or what books you think babies and kids would love to read.

As for me, this is what I’ve got so far:
(links go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but I don’t get any kickback from you clicking through.)

Straight outta the womb:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. I mean OBVIOUSLY.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. My husband always reminds me how much he adores 
this book, so obviously this one is in.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. So many feels reading this as a child and as an adult. It’s a lot for me to think about whilst pregnant without sobbing uncontrollably.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Clearly, this book is rad. Beyond that, there is a bookstore in Minneapolis called Wild Rumpus that will blow their little mind one day so that makes it extra cool.

And a little later:
The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry. This was MY BOOK back in the day. Strong emotional attachment for me, which means I want to share with the little one.

Corduroy by Don Freeman. I remember reading this book endlessly and watching a movie (I think?) about it. He just wants a button, you guys!

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. This book is another classic that will grow with them, and one that we will happily read again and again!

Batman: The Brave and The Bold (Book Block Series). Yeah, we may have bought this already. Like, immediately. What can we say? We’re NERDS. And they’re awesome.

Ones I won’t be able to resist:
Percy Jackson. I know it’s a little old for an infant but YOU GUYS I love Percy Jackson so much and I think it could be kinda fun to read these books out loud while nursing. So there.

Chronicles of Narnia. Same as Percy Jackson but in this case my husband is already familiar and adores the books (don’t worry, he’ll love Percy one day when he reads him) so this is a bit more special for us as a family. 

What do you think? What would you add to this list? What were some of your fave books as a tot? Let me know!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. YES! Where The Wild Things is totally a rad book.

    OMG. Also? The Polar Express for when it's Christmas because that book is gorgeous in so many ways.

    ALSO. The one about the Alphabet tree - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. AND AND. I'd have to recommend the Kevin Henkes books like Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. I loved those books.

    Yay for baby nerd! <3

    1. Oh FO SHO The Polar Express! Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. I'm a children's librarian, so I know a lot picture books. I'm going to recommend some (because I love to) and I hope I don't overwhelm you.

    Llama Llama Red Pajama - Dewdney
    Tacky the Penguin - Lester
    The Pigeon books - Willems
    Elephant and Piggie books - Willems
    Really, anything by Mo WIllems (you cannot go wrong with him)
    Like April says, Kevin Henkes is wonderful. I particularly like Birds and Old Bear
    There's a Nightmare in My Closet - Mayer
    There's an Alligator Under My Bed - Mayer
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Martin
    THe LIttle Hungry Caterpillar - Carle

    Ooookay, I'm going to stop there. I could go and on. I love picture books!

  3. Oooooh such a good list! I'm a fan of the classics that were read to me when I was younger like Dr. Seuss and Beatrix Potter. I can't even imagine how excited you must be right now!

  4. I loved Love You Forever by Robert Munsch when I was a child.

  5. Eek! This is so much fun. I would add Brown Bear, Brown Bear or maybe The Hungry Caterpillar? Those were my favorites as a kid. Um... there's also this Treasury of Children's Book that I love so much. I had to use it for a class in college, but I ended up keeping it. Swimmy is in there, and how about Alexander and the Very Bad (etc etc) Day? :) Oh oh oh. These titles bring me back to elementary school!

    1. I LOVE The Hungry Caterpillar! Thank you for the reminder on that one and for the heads up on the other ones too! Woo!

  6. Another Maurice Sendak book that I always loved growing up (it was banned due to some nekkidness) is In the Night Kitchen - soooo fun!

    Also, some lesser-known picture books I adored as a kiddo:

    The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway
    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

    So happy about your baby news! If I didn't say it before - CONGRATS!

    1. nekkidness! bahhahaha!

      Thanks for the heads up on the lesser known books, too. And THANK YOU! We are quite excited.

  7. I love it when people read to their babies- even when they're too young too comprehend. Such a sweet tradition! My good friend and her husband read all the major Tolkien books to their son when he was wee, and he was soo enraptured by the sound of their voices. And now he's 3 and they're reading him and his baby sister the Chronicles of Narnia. So don't worry if the story is beyond them- they'll enjoy the time with you regardless!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! That's good to know. I feel a little less silly wanting to read the Big Adventure Books so early on now. :)

  8. Oh good gracious, these are all SO VERY GOOD. For little ones, I love the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. LOVE THEM.

    You win with the Percy Jackson series. Hands down.

  9. I love that you picked some of my favorites out - like The Giving Tree! And Percy Jackson is a total WIN for being on this list.

    When I was a kid, I read (or had read to me) all the Dr. Seuss books and a bunch of fairytales (both the nice ones and the "real" ones).

    P.S. Don't forget Harry Potter!

    1. Harry Potter FOR SURE. It just gets so Mature and Adult near the end...but that's life, right?

  10. Picture me bawling in the middle of the store after reading The Giving Tree for the first time. Such an amazing, beautiful,simplistic book.

  11. If you like Goodnight Moon- Check out Goodnight Goon. It is a parady on Goodnight Moon and my 2 year old loves it (I do too!). Also, add "The Gruffalo" and "If you give a mouse a cookie". Both favorites in my house.


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  13. Love all of these! I can't wait to start buying all the cute books and reading them!

  14. 1. Anything by Kevin Henkes.
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    3. The Story of Ferdinand
    4. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    5. Harold and the Purple Crayon
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