Books are an essential part of your child’s development, and if you want to create a lifelong reader, you want to have books around from the time they are young. Not only does it help them to understand the importance of books, but you can also use books to develop a routine that your child will carry with them for the rest of their lives. This is a great way to form a connection and start preparing for baby while you are going through the egg donation or surrogacy process.
However – not all books are created equally. Some books will mean a lot to you, mean a lot to your children, and will teach lifelong lessons. What are some of those books that you want to stock your baby’s nursery with? Here are a few:
10. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli
This is a great book that your child will be able to read for the rest of his or her life – and find inspiration in some of these fantastic women. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls covers 100 women who have made a positive impact on the world, including Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai. The stories are all inspirational and will teach your children how to persevere, strive for more, and remain grateful for all of the opportunities that you have in your lives.
9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This is the type of book that means something different to you depending on when you read it. Where The Wild Things Are is a book that we can all connect to – and it inspires everyone to embrace their inner monsters. At the very least, it will teach your children that even when they are at their worst, they will always belong at home.
8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Another book that has stood the test of time, The Giving Tree is especially poignant in today’s world. Perfect for your own children or nieces and nephews, it is a painful reminder of what happens when we give (or take) too much.
7. So Many Stars by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol might seem like a strange choice for a children’s book, but this one is absolutely beautiful and will help to instill a love of art in your children. This modern classic is a fantastic read and an even better sight.
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
If there is one book that every nursery should have, it is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This beautiful book, which you can buy in many different formats (though the diehard fans will always favor the original) little kids will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and the pop-up surprise at the end of the text.
As a bonus, you can also use Carle’s book to teach your children how to count and the days of the week.
5. Besos for Baby by Jen Arena and Blanca Gomez
The best time to teach someone a language is when they are younger. Share this with your friends who speak Spanish and those that do not – it is easy to read aloud, and the sweetness shines through.
4. I Wish You More by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Amy Krause Rosenthal has hit a sweet spot for so many people – and I Wish You More is undoubtedly a great thing to read, no matter how old your children are. This is the type of story you will read and tear up as you get through it – but the heartfelt tone is one that all children need to hear.
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A classic for almost anyone who has been born since its production, this is the book most given to new parents and children. It has been studied by many children’s authors and remains beloved at all times. Why? There is just something so calming about it – and that is what we all want at bedtime.
2. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
An ode to self-esteem and resilience, I Like Myself! is an excellent book for all children who are going to grow up in a world that tells them they are less than or not enough. The rhyming text makes it fly quickly, and it will teach your child to have compassion for others.
1. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
The last book on this list is also the last book published before Dr. Seuss’s death in 1991. To celebrate National Dr. Seuss Day on March 2, read this inspirational tome that will travel with your child from the day he or she is born until graduating college.
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