book week: favorite books for baby


This week is devoted to books. Each day I’ll share my favorites in different categories and I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments. On friday, we’ll do a link party.


I’m really excited about this one. It will be a great way to hear about new books our internet-friends are crazy about.  So start your blog posts {or start reading a book!} and we’ll share at the end of the week.


Today’s category is favorite books for baby.


{mama & No. 1}

Even though they are too little to fully understand, reading sweet board books is so good for babies.  My No. 1 loved books from the very beginning. No. 2 couldn’t make it through an entire book until he was about three years old. Each kid is different, right?

This collection of books are our family’s very favorites:


These have made it through all four of our kids and some of  my favorite things to gift to new babes.

Please share … what are some of your favorite books for babies?

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72 Responses to book week: favorite books for baby

  1. Jenn January 15, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Love this post, Emily! I’m going to check out Peepo–I love the Ahlbergs’ book Peek-a-Boo. Have you every heard of the Brambly Hedge series? Not board books, but amazing illustrations and precious stories of mice living in a forest in England. Think you might like :).

    • emily January 15, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Peepo is the same as peek-a-boo – but my mom brought this one back from england and so it has cute english words like ‘peepo’ instead of peek a boo and pushchair instead of stroller.

  2. Sara January 15, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Love all of your suggestions! Do you have a favorite store to buy your books?

    • emily January 15, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      We are big fans. As prime members you get free 2 day shipping and their prices are usually better than retail stores. If you have a local book store by all means, support it. But we don’t have one so my purchases go to Amazon.

  3. Andrea R. January 15, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    My kids enjoyed the Polar Express (even if it wasnt Christmas time) and P is for Pelican alphabet book. Dr. Seuss always went over well too!

    • emily January 15, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Lots of Dr. Seuss around here too!

  4. Jennifer Chess January 15, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    My all-time favorite children’s book is A Week of Racoons. I would highly recommend this book if you can get your hands on it. It is out of print and fairly expensive, but it’s a great read. It’s about a farmer who catches a troublesome raccoon at his house every day for a week. He takes each of them to a forest and at the end of the week they decide to go back to the farm. On their way, each of the racoons finds a place he prefers and stays there. The illustrations are pretty and colorful, the story is nice, the moral of the story is worth thinking about, and the repetition in the story helps with memorization.

    Perhaps its so poignant to me because my family lived in the suburbs and we had a problem with racoons. One summer, every day for a week my father caught a raccoon and he would take us with him when he released them in the wild. It helped teach us lessons about kindness to animals (even those that are troublesome!) and the importance of catch and release. It was wonderful to put in practice what we had read about.

  5. Jess January 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Hey Emily! Maybe you could do us a HUGE favor and show us all the different way you store your books? :) they’re my daughter’s favorite “toy,” and i am always looking for different ways to finagle them.

  6. Gretchen January 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    My son is 3 and still loves his Max & Millie books. I think they are great for toddlers!

  7. Normi from the Philippines January 16, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Hi Emily! These are great recommendations. We’re actually building up my son’s library (he’s nine months now) and we are on the look out for great books that he can enjoy at this stage. Do share more. :)

    Oh and please know that even from across continents, your posts never cease to inspire me. Keep it up and may God be glorified in what you do. :)


  8. k-lee January 16, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    i love the little hoot, little oink, and little pea trio of books by amy krouse rosenthal. i have read those to my nephews over and over again and never tire of them!

  9. Tanya H January 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    My babies heard the classics- Winnie the Pooh, Little Engine that Could, Dr Seuss, but this one made my 1yr old son laugh out loud when we read:
    I also LOVE Napping House and anything else by Audrey Wood.
    The ones I literally loved to death as a child are Babies and Baby Animals by Gyo Fujikawa: I still love the illustrations!!


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