In today’s mail, BookPage received a beautiful 25th anniversary edition of Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose, published by Penguin Young Readers. When my daughter was a baby (she’ll turn 25 this fall), this wonderful volume of dePaola’s cheery artwork and classic Mother Goose rhymes was a family favorite, and our well-worn first edition still rests on a bedroom bookshelf. Looking at the 25th anniversary edition, I realized that some new mother, just starting a library of books for her baby, would love to have it. And that got me thinking: if I was putting together a collection of books for a newborn, which ones would I choose? What books should be on every baby’s bookshelf?
Here’s what I came up with — a personal Top 10 List of “Best Books for Baby,” ranging from classics to some newer books:
If you were going to a baby shower (with a book theme) what book would you take? Keep in mind that I’m asking about picture books you would give to a new baby. Requirements are: wonderful artwork and very few words on a page.
What books would be on your “Best for Baby” list?