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Best Books for a New Child's Library

These are books to recommend contributing to a new baby's library for them to enjoy with their parents as they experience the joy of being read to. While I know few new arrivals who haven't been gifted with a copy of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, it would be nice to keep the focus on mostly newer titles since, while we adults have fond memories of the books we were brought up with, there are so many wonderful new ones too that reflect today's time and culture. Please add only books with at least 500 ratings- these books should be vetted through wide readership.
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391 books · 390 voters · list created September 7th, 2011 by Erin Reilly-Sanders (votes) .
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message 1: by Tony (new)

Tony I removed lots of books that don't meet the criteria.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Erin, you want any more removed, just mention it here; I can get them. (I saw it last night, but right as I was going to bed.)


message 3: by Erin (last edited Sep 22, 2014 05:47PM) (new)

Erin Reilly-Sanders Thank you! Just for the record, I'm not generally a fan of censoring but the list needed to be trimmed to better reflect suggestions that are widely available and reputed to be good (meeting the at least 500 ratings criteria). Some folks have different interpretations of what books are relatively new and would be appropriate for a young child than I do but maybe I'll just be more specific when starting lists in the future.


message 4: by Leticia (new)

Leticia Can someone please filter out this list to remove the annoying independent titles that don't belong here?


message 5: by Capn (last edited Jun 24, 2022 01:38AM) (new)

Capn Would it perhaps be helpful to add some age ranges to the description? Maybe it's just me, but when I read your description, I get the impression these are meant as gifts to new parents, and the age of the child would be 0 to 1 or maybe 2 years...?

I love so many of these books dearly, but Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Strega Nona and many of the other GREAT BOOKS listed would probably make better birthday gifts for preschool-aged children (say, 4-6ish).

Did you intend this to be for baby books? Board books with bright pictures, limited text? :) I have voted with this criteria in mind, anyway. Helpful to folks looking to buy gifts for baby showers... :)

Then again, it's possible you intended this to be for core books in a child's home library, in which case a range of ages would be desired? (I guess it won't matter, because most people aren't going to pay attention when they vote anyway).... ;)


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