Beyond Goodnight Moon

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I love Goodnight Moon. My favorite line is “Goodnight mush.”  That is so great – who thinks of sending good wishes to their mush?  That being said, it’s kind of funny that every new parent receives about ten copies of Goodnight Moon for their baby. Lovely gift, but there are other thousands of other picture books that babies (and their families) love. New, imaginative, and beautiful books are published every year so if you want to branch out beyond the Great Green Room, here are a few suggestions:

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox  (a simple but beautiful celebration of babies. The text rhymes and Helen Oxenbury’s watercolor illustrations feature adorable pudgy little hands and legs – what more could you want?)

My First Mother Goose, edited by Iona Opie and illustrations by Rosemary Wells (Opie is a trusted authority in the world of fairy tales. This is a perfect gift for a new baby)

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood (If I had a nickel for every time I read this book to my son when he was young, we could stop worrying about paying for his college education. At least the first year, but still….this is a must-have book.)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

Board books by Karen Katz

Board Books by Annie Kubler

And one of my new favorites that will now be on my list of books to buy for new parents….Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?  This terrific new picture book – by Tom Slaughter – is an interactive book that compares living to non-living things. Basically, it is just really cool. For example, each page has something like this:

“If a kitten grow and becomes a cat, can a cap grow and become a hat?   But…you lift the flap to see the cap become a hat. You have to see it.

On a completely different note….I read an obituary of Patience Abbe in the New York Times on Sunday and keep thinking about Abbe’s story. At twelve-years-old, she was the author of Around the World in Eleven Years, the story of her very interesting family and their travels. Abbe died at the age of 87.  If you have a few minutes, it’s worth reading. Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/arts/patience-abbe-87-child-chronicler-of-travels-is-dead.html

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