7 Must-have Books in Baby's First Library

7 Must-have Books in Baby's First Library

Most of us have heard how important it is to have books at home and read them, even to young kids. But how do you know which titles your baby or toddler will love? With reference to the Children's Book Council Joint Committee and the Quicklists Consulting Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), we've created this list of all-time classics to help expectant and new parents fill their baby's bookshelf.

1. Corduroy
By Don Freeman

A funny, timeless story of a slightly shabby teddy bear in need of a home (and a button for his overalls). He finds both, and a friend, when a little girl named Lisa uses her savings to buy him at the local department store.

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2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 好饿的毛毛虫
By Eric Carle

The book's stunning mixed-media collages and simple but memorable story have charmed millions of readers since its 1969 debut. It follows the development of a newborn caterpillar on his trail through a multitude of snacks—who doesn't dream of eating one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon in one day?—and his transformation into a butterfly. Little fingers will enjoy poking the holes the caterpillar leaves behind as he munches his way through the story. 

Buy The Very Hungry Caterpillar

如果说有一条虫子能一路畅通无阻地从一个国家爬到另一个国家,那么就是它了! 三十多年来,这条从艾瑞克·卡尔手里爬出来的红脑壳、绿身子、高高地弓起来走路的毛毛虫,已经“吞噬”了世界上二千多万个孩子的心。 这是一本充满了诗情与创意的图画书。 


3. Goodnight Moon 月亮晚安
By Margaret Wise Brown

You know you're a parent when you can recite this iconic book by heart. The poetic story follows a little rabbit preparing for bed as he says goodnight to everything in his room, and the world outside his window. This classic bedtime story features black-and-white drawings alternating with the boldly colored illustrations of the room, which darkens as slumber nears. 



4. Guess How Much I Love You 猜猜我有多爱你
By Sam McBratney

A young bunny and his dad sweetly try to one-up each other with how big their love for the other is in this sweet tale, illustrated with gorgeous watercolors. It's a lovely tale of unconditional love, perfect for the babe you love "all the way to the moon—and back."

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5. Dear Zoo 亲爱的动物园
By Rod Campbell

A classic lift-the-flap book, the story begins with a child's letter to the zoo, requesting a pet. A series of animals arrive—under flaps to be uncovered by the reader—and are discovered to be not quite right (too heavy, too scary, too naughty), until at long last, the perfect pet appears.




6. Good Night Gorilla 晚安,大猩猩
By Peggy Rathmann

This clever bedtime tale follows a mischievous gorilla who snatches a zookeeper's keys and releases all of his animal friends to secretly spend the night at the zookeeper's house. With minimal text, the narrative is told mostly through pictures, inviting parents and children to describe what's happening and invent the details of the story.





7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? 棕色的熊,棕色的熊,你在看什么?
By Bill Martin, Jr.

Beautifully and boldly illustrated by Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), this classic picture book is easy on the ears, with its rhymes and repetition. The question-and-answer format invites young listeners to participate in "reading" the book.




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