Must Have Baby Books Chosen By Library Staff

I count myself among the lucky few: I work at Iowa City Public Library. The staff here are truly dedicated to what they do, and their knowledge of books is formidable. Since I'm expecting my first child in a few weeks my coworkers threw me a wonderful baby shower. I was completely overwhelmed with new books.

Because their choices are so considered, I thought others might be curious to know just what books library staff think someone should have for a new baby's library. Here's a list of what they chose. Most, if not all of these books are available in our collection or Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Board Books

Giraffes Can't DanceGiraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

MadelineMadeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Barnyard DanceBarnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

HippopotamusBut Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

doggiesDoggies by Sandra Boynton

moo baa Moo Baa La la La by Sandra Boynton

moo baaSnuggle Puppy! by Sandra Boynton

caterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

monkeysFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

carlGood Dog Carl by Alexandra Day

rainbowPlanting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

rabbitLittle White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

belly buttonWhere is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz

zoom zoom Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz

boogieBaby Loves to Boogie! by Wednesday Kirwan

boom boomChicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

book of sleepA Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

tiggy winkleThe Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle by Beatrix Potter

tom kittenThe Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter

hop on popHop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

circle Circle by Justine Smith

dinosaur That's Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt

napping houseThe Napping House by Audrey Wood

Picture Books

snoozefestSnoozefest by Samantha Berger

mittenThe Mitten by Jan Brett

click clack mooClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

motherAre You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

imogeneImogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

princess knightThe Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

mooseThis Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

purple crayonHarold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

library lionLibrary Lion by Michelle Knudsen

put me in the zooPut Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

hey diddle diddle Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes (Stories in Stitches) Illustrated by Dawn Mitchell

just go to bed Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer

ducklingsMake Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

wild thingsWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

baby woodland You Are My Baby: Woodland by Lorena Siminovich

abcABC by Dr. Seuss

green eggs and hamGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

tails Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

catCat by Matthew Van Fleet

one night far from here One Night, Far From Here by Julia Wauters

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