Is there anything sweeter than a baby book? I love to give board books as presents for baby showers and little one's birthdays. You can be sure they will be treasured for years to come and read many times over. I could make a list of fifty board books that I love, and if I'm honest, a list of fifty board books I would gladly never read again. (Harold, I'm talking to you and that purple crayon of yours.) But for now, I'll keep it to four that are currently at the top of my list.
I have this book memorized from front to back, and it still never gets old. This sweet story has a beautiful rhythm to it, and the cadence makes it easy for the baby to stay engaged with the story. There are lots of "BEEPS" and "HONKS" for the babes to chime in on and feel like they're a part of the story.
The first time I saw this book I was like, "Oh good grief, this is so New York," but after reading it I totally fell in love. It combines Warhol's lovely drawings with words and simple phrases, and it's oh so sweet. It's a cute way to introduce babies to Warhol's art, but it's not pretentious at all. 10/10 would recommend.
This is the Spanish version of the cute touch-and-feel book, which makes for a nice change, I think. Whether you're raising your kids bilingual or not, having a few words here and there in another language will only enhance their grasp on the world at large, even at a very young age. And babies love being able to feel the different textures on each page. It's part of a series called the, "This is not My..." books, but as far as I know, this is the only one I've seen in Spanish.
I could put every single one of Eric Carle's sweet books on this list, but this is my current favorite. It's a gentle story about a little girl who wants to play with the moon, so her Papa gets it for her. (Insert DUH.gif) The pages fold out to make giant pictures of the moon, so maybe wait until your baby is no longer in the "eating books" phase to get this one.
I was at a baby shower a couple months ago, and one of the guests mentioned that someone gave her baby a parody of the "This is not My..." books called, "This is not My Private Jet." Have you seen it? It sounds like my personal nightmare. I'll stick to the tractor, THANKYOUVERYMUCH!