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10 Books to Start a Baby’s Library

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

What books do you think of when reflecting on your childhood? Which books resonate most?

For me, it was Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, which followed a baby through their day. Along the way, a series of holes in the pages allowed readers to ‘peep’ through to the next page, giving a hint of what was to come. I’d giggle delightedly as my parents turned the page and shout “Peepo!” and it is a book I’ve kept in a safe place ever since, saved for the day when I can repeat the experience with my own child. It’s place in my child’s library is guaranteed.

But what other books deserve a place in your baby’s library? We put our heads together and came up with a list of 10. Here are some of the highlights:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd

Goodnight MoonWe couldn’t possibly exclude this classic of modern children’s literature. This tale of a young rabbit bidding goodnight to each familiar thing in his moonlit room has been beloved by generations.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things AreMax, a wild and naughty boy, is sent to bed without his supper by his exhausted mother. In his room, he imagines sailing far away to a land of Wild Things. Instead of eating him, the Wild Things make Max their king. Soon Max tires of this and sails home, only to find his supper, still hot, waiting for him. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are has inspired the imagination of generations.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very HungryAnother classic, in which a caterpillar eats its way through a variety of foodstuffs before metamorphosing into a butterfly in a a joyous explosion of color, which serves as affirmation of the wonder and beauty of nature.

Check out the complete list here, and let us know what books were in your childhood library, and what you read to your child before bed each night.