Little List: Best Children's Books

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When I was pregnant, for some reason, I was extremely concerned that my son wouldn't have enough books. My husband and I are avid readers, and over the years have accumulated way too many books. But, we didn't own a single children's book since this was our first child. So, I did what I always do, and what I am doing right now for you. I made a list (alphabetized by title for once). Here is my list of best books to buy to start your child's library. Some are longer than others, but two years in, my son still loves each and every one of them.

A Book of Sleep, By: Il Sung Na

A is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changes the World, By: Eva Chen

Are You My Mother?, By: Dr. Suess

Baby Signs, By: Joy Allen

Baby Touch and Feel Animals, By: DK

My Big Truck Book, By: Roger Priddy

Blueberries for Sal, By: Robert McCloskey

Brown Bear Brown Bear, By: Bill Martin, Jr.

Busy Penguins, By: John Schindel and Jonathan Chester

Caps for Sale, By: Esphyr Slobodkina

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, By: Bill Martin, Jr.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type, By: Doreen Cronin

Close Your Eyes, By: Kate Banks

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, By: Judi Barrett

Colors, ABC, Numbers, By: Roger Priddy

Corduroy, By: Don Freeman

Dear Girl, By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Dear Zoo, By: Rod Campbell

Doggies, By: Sandra Boynton

Dragons Love Tacos, By: Adam Rubin

Eloise: A Book for Precious Grown Ups, By: Kay Thompson

Your Baby's First World will be Dada, By: Jimmy Fallon

Everywhere Babies, By: Susan Meyers

First 100 Words, By: Roger Priddy

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, By: Eileen Christelow

Giraffes Can't Dance, By: Giles Andreae

Goodnight Gorilla, By: Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Moon, By: Margaret Wise Brown

The Gruffalo, By: Julia Donaldson

The Going to Bed Book, By: Sandra Boynton

The Goodnight Train, By: June Sobel

Gossie, By: Oliver Dunrea

Green Eggs and Ham, By: Dr. Suess

Guess How Much I Love You, By: Sam McBratney

Harold and the Purple Crayon, By: Crockett Johnson

Harry the Dirty Dog, By: Gene Zion

Hello Bugs, By: Smriti Prasadam

If Animals Kissed Goodnight, By: Ann Whitford Paul

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, By: Laura Numeroff

In the Tall Tall Grass, By: Denisa Fleming

Is Your Mama A Llama?, By: Deborah Guarino

Kitten's First Full Moon, By: Kevin Henkes

Little Blue Truck, By: Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, By: Alice Schertle

Little Feminist Board Book Set, By: Mudpuppy

Llama Llama Red Pajama, By: Anna Dewdney

Look at the Animals, By: Peter Linenthal

Love You Forever, By: Robert Munsch

Miss Piggle Wiggle, By: Betty MacDonald

More More More, Said the Baby, By: Vera B. Williams

My Big Animal Book, By: Roger Priddy

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, By: Dr. Suess

My Very First Mother Goose, By: Iona Opie

On The Night You Were Born, By: Nancy Tillman

Pat the Bunny, By: Dorothy Kunhardt

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcake, By: Kimberly and James Dean

The Polar Express, By: Chris Van Allsburg

Runaway Bunny, By: Margaret Wise Brown

The Day the Crayons Quit, By: Drew Daywalt

The Giving Tree, By: Shel Silverstein

The Noisy Garage, By: Dennis R. Shealy

The Pout-Pout Fish, By: Deborah Diesen

The Rainbow Fish, By: Marcus Pfizer

The Snowy Day, By: Ezra Jack Keats

The Wonderful Things You Will Be, By: Emily Winfield Martin

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, By: Eric Carle

We're Going on a Bear Hunt, By: Helen Oxenbury

Wheels on the Bus, By: Raffi

Where is My Belly Button, By: Karen Katz

Whistle for Willie, By: Ezra Jack Keats

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