10 Must-Have Books For Baby’s First Library

Here are some must-have books for baby’s first library. These are not only pictures of animals but include books with substance too. Many are great for six month old, but also good for older toddlers.

1. The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
The Velveteen Rabbit chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner.


2. Goodnight Moon

Good Night Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon is an American children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was first published in 1947, and is a highly acclaimed example of a bedtime story


3. The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
‘Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.’
So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.


4. Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop


5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
THE all-time classic children’s book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds!


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6. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, The Places You'll Go
by Dr. Seuss
A perennial favorite. From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.


7. Oh, What a Tangle!

Oh, What a Tangle
by Anita Pouroulis
Kiki is an artistic, little girl who’d prefer to do anything other than brush her hair every day. There are simply so many other better things to do! So it comes as no surprise when Kiki’s hair develops a tiny knot. But rather than wish it gone, Kiki nurtures that knot until it becomes something grand, something worthy of an incredible story.


8. But Not the Hippopotamus

But Not the Hippopotamus
by Sandra Boynton
A shy hippopotamus is hesitant to join in the fun that the other animals are having. But little by little, the hippo finds her courage. A fine and funny classic.


9. The Little Engine That Could

the little engine that could book cover
by Watty Piper
“I think I can! I think I can!” This well-loved classic tale of the Little Blue Engine who isn’t afraid to try has and will continue to inspire and entertain generations of children.


10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit book cover
by Beatrix Potter
Mr. McGregor has two things on his mind when he sees Peter in his garden. One is the safety of his lettuces; the other is rabbit pie. Peter was carefully told not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, but some little bunnies have to learn things the hard way.

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  • Barbara_Vogelgesang

    I love the lettering on the Velveteen Rabbit…what edition or publisher is that from? Thanks

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