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My best friend’s baby shower is Sunday and I’m in Baby Shower mode (BTW, she’s at 29 weeks and looks fabulous! She has only a tiny baby bump!). I was thinking about children’s books, which ones are essential in a nursery, so I compiled my list. I know book titles are supposed to be underlined, but I can’t figure out how to do that in WordPress (I italicized them instead)!

These are my top ten favorite children’s books for infants & toddlers (some of them were my mother’s favorites to read to me).

1. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

2. Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

3. My World by Margaret Wise Brown

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

6. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

7. Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

8. 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo by Eric Carle

9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

10. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Reading at My Literacy Level

Reading at My Literacy Level

These are my top ten  favorite pre-k children’s books

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

3. 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

4. Brown Bear, Brow Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (illustrated my Eric Carle)

5. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

6. Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

8. A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

9. Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

10. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

These are my top ten favorite kindergarten – first grade books.

1. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatball by Judi Barrett

2. Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett

3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

4. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

5. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

6. No David! by David Shannon

7. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by George Waber

8. The House on East 88th Street by George Waber

9. Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

10. Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola