Note: All of these are board books. Though some board books are edited down for the format, they are the only thing worth buying if you are going to let your kid put their own hands on the books. Regular books will be torn within minutes, if not seconds. Board books are sturdy and grubby-hand-resistant and even hold up well to some chewing on the corners.
The book I bought without a second thought was
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle|
|Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden|
|Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann|
|Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman|
|Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli|
|Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle|
|The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone|
|Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell|
|Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham|
I could keep going with a big list of every other Eric Carle board book, tons of Dr. Seuss titles, the other Leslie Patricelli ones or any of the Roger Priddy books that are so bright and colorful and great for introducing "firsts" but I'll stop here.
Which board books do you think are must haves for a baby/toddler library?
Feeling a bit nostalgic,