On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Illustrated by Nancy Tillman
In this sweet story you read about all the ways the world celebrated the night your precious little one was born. The illustrations are whimsical and relaxing to look at. This is a great one to add to your nightly bedtime routine! (Honestly, I've loved every book of hers that I've read.)
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
WOW. The first time I read this I couldn't even speak at the end. I quickly read it on the phone while I was on the phone with my mother and started bawling (we're talking ugly crying here). She asked what was wrong, so I read it to her... then we were both so choked up we couldn't speak.... yeah, read it!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Illustrated by Mo Willems
Want to get a little silly with your mini-me? This book is a great way to get started! If your kid is anything like Baby Girl they will love to yell to the Pigeon "NO!" every time he asks to drive the bus. They may pick up a thing or two about limits too. There is a whole series of books staring the Pigeon and his friends too.
If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond
Illustrated by Marianne RichmondThis is a story for us moms who have a hard time letting go and letting our babies grow up and become the amazing adults we are raising them to be. This would be a great story to read together with your beginning reader too as every other page is written from either the parent's point of view or the child's. Its a very sweet reminder that we can't and shouldn't keep our children little forever.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Dr. SeussIt might be the Biology teacher in me, but I love the lessons the Lorax teaches us. Speaking up for those who can't defend themselves, taking care of the things you have, and caring for the Earth are lessons that are taught by The Lorax. The Seussian style is both fun to read for you and listen to for your wee one. On a side note I really liked how the full length movie filled out this classic story and gave it a fulfilling conclusion.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault