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Books for Babies:Reader Input Wanted!

Good books for babies can be hard to find. The numbers of books in most libraries can be overwhelming, even in the toddler section, and the parents of the 0-3 age group are usually too busy keeping the kiddos safe, well-fed, properly rested, and entertained to share their recommendations.

Luckily, the Guardian archives have an interesting list of books for the Up to 3's. I like it because it's a little different than an American approach (though it does feature books by the U.S.'s own Mo Willems...how could it not!).

Let's put our heads together for all the new parents out there. What would the rest of you add to the Guardian's roster of books for babies? I'll start things off by nominating Anne Rockwell's Hello, Digger.

Add a rec in the comment section or email me at


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Hi Susan:

My favorite board book (and the one my kids enjoyed the most) is "Mouse Paint." I also thought this list could use some expanding!


Hi! We have a somewhat dated list here:


I hope it is of some use!


The BEST book for young ones for all time is "Goodnight Moon." A great place to look for books for this age group is the Texas Library Association's 2x2 list.

A book I recommend is "What Makes A Rainbow?" by Betty Ann Schwartz, Dona Turner (Illustrator).

Thanks, y'all! We are getting some more good titles. I'll have to look for many of them, even though we're beyond the baby book stage. I'm not familiar with "Mouse Paint" or many of the books on the 2004 Texas list. Cool. I love finding "new" books. The Bartlesville list is a good one, too. I'd forgotten how much Cressida Cowell's "What Shall We Do with the Boo Hoo Baby" used to tickle Junior and me, and we read Peter Sis's "Fire Truck" over and over. And "Goodnight Moon" is such a wonderful book, of course, as is "What Makes a Rainbow."

I thought of another, which we used to read all the time: Ezra Jack Keats's "The Snowy Day." Another classic.

"Yummy Yucky" by Leslie Patricelli is a great opposites book, and stinkin' funny too (she also has several we haven't read--"Quiet Loud," "Big Little," "Binky," and "Blankie"); any of the Daisy books by Jane Simmons; David Shannon's fairly recent "David Diaper Book" series--"Oops," "Oh, David!," and "David Smells"... Hum, I'm sure there are more but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

Thanks, Jamie! The Patricelli and Simmons books are new ones to me.

Hi there,
Here's some I've reviewed on my new blog BookCarousel (which is very new, but it's point is to connect parents/adults with great picture books for kids):

Goodnight Moon
Olaf & Venus series
Bailey Goes Camping
Little Cloud
Here Come Trainmice

Two favs of my kids: Feely Bugs, Chugga Chugga Choo Choo.

I could go on and on. There's so many gems!

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