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. 

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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。 

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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. 

小兔子準备上床睡觉,临睡前他显得依依不捨,开始对房间里的熟悉事物道晚安,随著窗外的皎月高掛,万籁俱寂,小兔子终於安心入睡了。对生活环境的依恋,是孩子捨不得上床睡觉的单纯理由,本书是历久不衰的经典图画书,贴近孩子的生活体验,非常适合在睡前与孩子温馨共读。

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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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一大一小两只兔子短短的对话,浓缩生命中最复杂、也是最伟大的情感。小兔子认真地向大兔子表达“我爱你”,并用各种身体动作和看得见的静物表达自己对大兔子的爱。但不管怎么比,永远也比不过大兔子来得多、来得高、来得远。最后,小兔子终于在一片酽酽爱意的包裹下睡去了。

本书全球销量已突破2300万册,绝对值得珍藏细读。

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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.

这是一本玩具翻翻书,故事中有一个小小孩想要养宠物,於是写信向动物园要,没想到,动物园寄来各式各样的宠物,就是没有他要的,直到动物园寄来一只狗,小小孩终於找到刚刚好适合他的宠物。

在这一本书里,每一页上都有一个小翻页,里面隐藏许多形状大小不一的动物。孩子们可以经由翻开小翻页的遊戏,认识许多动物,还有许多的形容词。

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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.

晚安,大猩猩

夜深人静,动物园的管理员去跟动物们一一道晚安。调皮的大猩猩拿走了他挂在身后的一串钥匙,从笼子里溜了出来,还偷偷放出了大象、狮子、长颈鹿……就这样,动物们悄悄地跟在管理员身后回了家.

全书文字并不多,但幽默耐读、温情脉脉,图画更是闪耀着一种宝石般的卡通色彩,整个故事就像是作者用浓浓的夜色与五彩缤纷的荧光粉画出的一个梦

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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.

随著这样一问一答的句子、重複的韵律与节奏,一本充满各种动物与色彩的图画书在孩子面前慢慢展开。

这是一本备受全世界小朋友喜爱的图画书,整本书都是用艾瑞‧卡尔一贯具有创意性的贴画构成,色调鲜明、活泼。幼小的孩子可以从这本书中学习句型、欣赏语言的节奏性,并学会各种动物的命名,更可以认识颜色,增广视野。

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