Starting a collections of books can begin BEFORE starting your family. Before gathering all these books, checkout the titles at your local library, bookstore and/or children’s shop. After all, you need to like them, too, because you’ll be reading them over & over & over & over & over…NOT KIDDING…..add about 50 more “over”s….
OKAY, NOW I LIKE THEM, BUT THEY ARE $$$$!!!
Yeah, children’s books can be very pricey, especially when buying hard-backed ones (which I recommend for the long-haul). There were several books (hard-backed & board books) in my children’s home & classroom libraries that had to be replaced because they are/were loved-to-death!
Maybe, I’m low-balling the 50 reads….
So, here are a few places to shop for gently-used and/or new copies of your child’s first books:
- used book stores
- garage & estate sales
- flea markets
- local library book sales
- elementary school library book sales
- neighborhood book swaps
You can, also, put them on a gift registry list as well as a birthday & holiday wish list. My Dr. Seuss collection got its start by a few thoughtful college roommates who gave me several hardbacks as birthday gifts!
A FEW CONTENT AND IMAGE SUGGESTIONS
- Remember the books you loved as a child. If you can’t remember, ask Mom, Dad, Grandparents,babysitters, and/or older siblings.
- FIRST baby board & cloth books should be primary-colored bright with simple, large images-real & drawn.
- Select books that are wordless, have rhyming text, are sing-songy, use repetitive language, and/or have a flip-and-find format.
- Many children love stories with animal characters who talk, are young, are silly, and mirror problems/fears they are experiencing.
- Non-fiction books about the world around them (trucks, food, utensils, baby animals, shapes, colors, clothes, toys, family members, furniture, community helpers, etc) can become favorites, too, especially if you weave stories about them.
AND NOW FOR THE LIST:
This list was compiled by Parents magazine with the help of The Children’s Book Council and The Association for Library Service to Children. Some of these books are “old-school” and have withstood the test of time, while some are “new classics”. Many of the authors are favorites of children and have written numerous, well-loved books for them, as parents & librarians will tell you.
As for me, I can tell you I’ve read almost all of the books on this list to many young children over & over &over……
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- Banks, Katie CLOSE YOUR EYES
- Bright, Denisa F. IN THE TALL, TALL GRASS
- Brown, Margaret Wise GOODNIGHT MOON
- RUNAWAY BUNNY
- Campbell, Rod DEAR ZOO
- Carle, Eric THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
- Christelow, Eileen FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED
- Dunrea, Olivier GOSSIE
- Eastmann, PD ARE YOU MY MOTHER?
- Freeman, Don CORDUROY
- Guarino, Deborah IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?
- Henke, Kevin KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON
- Intrater, Roberta G PEEK-A-BOO
- Keats, Ezra Jack THE SNOWY DAY
- WHISTLE FOR WILLIE
- Kunhardt, Dorothy PAT THE BUNNY
- Martin Jr, Bill BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
- Munsch, Robert LOVE YOU FOREVER
- McBratney, Sam GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
- Opie, Iona edited by MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE
- Raffi THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
- Rathman, Peggy GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA
- Savadier, Elivia TIME TO GET DRESSED
- Schindel, John BUSY PENGUINS
- Williams, Vera “MORE, MORE, MORE”, SAID THE BABY
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