I feel so lucky to have 'met' so many wonderful bloggers through our social media feeds and one of my absolutely favourite ladies...

Baby's First Books - Charnaie - Here Wee Read

Saturday, April 15, 2017 BookBairn 14 Comments

I feel so lucky to have 'met' so many wonderful bloggers through our social media feeds and one of my absolutely favourite ladies is Charnaie from 'Here Wee Read'. Charnaie is a fellow #kidlitpicks team member and has the best collection of multicultural and diverse books. Also she manages to haul home hundreds of library books each month - I swear she doesn't need to work out, she must already be able to lift a tonne weight of books at a time!

When I asked Charnaie to share some of her favourite books for babies I knew she would come up with a brilliant list! And now to hand over to Charnaie...

My absolute favorite gift to receive for my kids is a stack of great children’s books.  Of course that’s NOT the ideal gift my kids always want though as they’d much rather receive toys they can play with.  If I could gift every child in the world a stack of books to start their own little home library I would.  I think all children should have a collection of beautiful books to treasure, to enjoy, and to help them get the right start in life.  Wouldn’t you agree?
When my kids were younger I used to enjoy watching their interactions with books.  Once they got past the phase of chewing on them, they began helping me turn the pages and lift the flaps.  It’s truly amazing to see the progression kids make over time if they are consistently exposed to books and magazines.
Here are a few board book recommendations for building a baby’s first library.  I chose board books because they are more durable and can withstand all the wear and tear better than hardcover books. Enjoy!

Joy by Joyce Carol Thomas

This book is now out of print now, but you can still find a few copies online.  I believe the cover has also been updated too, but I like this cover best.  I think this book is such a sweet and tender story about a grandmother expressing her love to her grandson.  Absolutely LOVE this one!

Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering by Ruth Spiro

It is never too early to become an engineer!  With this adorable board book, babies will love learning the basics of flight giving them the head start they need.  Featuring friendly, simple text, cheerful illustrations and facts, this book is the perfect fun introduction to engineering.

Baby’s Big World Book Series from Barnes and Noble

This book in the Baby’s Big World series introduces children to important concepts using simple text and delightful art. Discover how we make music, from the letters for each note, to tempo, volume, and types of instruments.

Baby Blessings: A Prayer For the Day You are Born by Deloris Jordan

Did you know Michael Jordan’s mother is a published author?  I think this is a cute book for introducing a new baby into the home.  I like this book more for the illustrations than the text though.  The single sentence structure makes it a quick read to enjoy with babies letting them know what a blessing they are.

You Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker

In You Can Do It Too! a little girl passes newly won skills and abilities to a younger brother, teaching him everything she thinks he needs to know. The simple cadence of text and direct-to-the-heart art result in a book as warm and generous as its message, providing reading pleasure for toddlers, older siblings, and the grown-ups who love them.

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim

My kids favorite part of this book is the “this little piggy” rhyme. This book has easy and fun rhymes, vibrant colors and cute illustrations…just look at those toes on the cover! A wonderful book for both infants and toddlers.

Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

In this story a toddler boy plays peekaboo with everyone from his grandparents to his puppy, until it's finally time to snuggle into bed with his blankie.

Thanks Charnaie! What a brilliant list! Pop over to 'Here Wee Read' to read the full post as well as enter a giveaway for a gorgeous bookworm onesie that would make the perfect companion to any of these board books. To find her post, click here.
Hope you enjoyed this first guest post, to find them all click here.
Happy Reading, 
Mummy, BookBairn and BookBump!


  1. What a great list of recommendations. I like the sound of "Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering".

    1. Me too! And the music one - I love it when books are combined with music!

  2. Aaaa what a lovely diverse range of books, thanks so much for linking up with #readwithme

    1. I love Charnaie's selection - I wish we had more diverse books in our collection but they just don't seem to be as readily available!

  3. What a great list! I haven't heard of any of these, it's great to see some original choices for a new baby :o)


    1. I thought the exact same thing Catherine! When someone like you hasn't come across a book you know you've got something a little off the beaten path which is exactly what I wanted in this collab, as well as the old classics and modern favourites of course! It will be quite a eclectic mix I think! x

  4. What lovely books you've featured here. #ReadWithMe

  5. I always give Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell -it's a real enduring favourite

    1. You're welcome to write a blog post about it G'ma! Or you could just read it to him when he eventually arrives!

  6. Wow, those are a fantastic selection of books I'd never come across before.
    I'm off to look for the Baby's Big World Music book. Got to get that for the grandchildren.
    Thanks for sharing

  7. What a great list and lots I've never heard of before too. I love the look of Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! #readwithme

    1. Me too! Such a brilliant title and I love the idea of getting kids into these sorts of books as early as possible!