Reading Recommendations

Staff reading picks for parents

Staff Picks for Parents

  • Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore, PhD Mark S Lowenthal, PsyD
  • Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder  by Mariah Bruehl
  • Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn – and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less  by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D. & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
  • No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids by Harley Robart, M.D.
  • Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems  by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids  by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
  • Fun On the Run by Cynthia L. Copeland

STAFF FAVORITES:   

  • Baby 411  by Denise Fields and Ari Brown M.D.
  • Toddler 411  by Denise Fields and Ari Brown M.D.
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child  by Marc Weissbluth
  • Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • Touchpoints   by Brazelton
  • Read-Aloud Handbook  by Jim Trelease
  • Bright From the Start  by Jill Stamm
  • Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

 

 

books to read with babies

Books to Read with Babies

  • Cleo’s Color Book  by Blackstone, S.
  • Whose Baby Am I?  by Butler, J.
  • Welcome Baby!: Baby Rhymes for Baby Times  by Calmenson, S.
  • Peek-a-moo!  by Cimarusti, M.
  • Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words  by Cousins, L.
  • Animal Crackers: A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems and Lullabies for the Very Young by Dyer, J.
  • This is the Baby  by Fleming, C.
  • The Everything Book  by Fleming, D.
  • Time for Bed  by Fox, M.
  • Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Growing Minds  by Freymann, S.
  • As Big as You  by Greenstein, E.
  • Hush Little Baby  by Halpern, S.
  • Look at You!: A Baby Body Book  by Henderson, K.
  • Where’s Spot?  by Hill, E.
  • Baby Talk: A Book of First Words and Phrases  by Hindley, J.
  • Hands Can  by Hudson, C.
  • Counting Kisses  by Katz, K.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Martin, B.
  • Here are My Hands  by Martin, B.
  • Splash!  by McDonnell, F.
  • Wake Up, Me  by McGee, M.
  • I Kissed the Baby  by Murphy, M.
  • I Like it When…  by Murphy, M.
  • The Baby Goes Beep  by O’Connell, R.
  • Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young  by Prelutsky, J.
  • You and Me, Baby  by Reiser, L.
  • One Naked Baby: Counting to Ten and Back Again  by Smith, M.
  • How Do You Make a Baby Smile?  by Sturges, P.
  • My Very First Mother Goose  by Wells, R.
  • I Went Walking  by Williams, S.
  • “More, More, More,” Said the Baby  by Williams, V.
  • Piggies  by Wood, A.
  • Sleep Rhymes Around the World  by Yolen, J.

TEACHER PICKS

  • Moo, Baa, La La La  by Boynton, S.
  • First 100 Words  by Priddy, R.
  • Toes, Ears & Nose!  by Dane Bauer, M.
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button?  by Katz. K.
  • Boynton Rhyming Books  by Boynton, S.
  • Hop on Pop  by Dr. Seuss
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes  by Fox, M.

 

Must-read Books for Toddlers

Must-read Books for Toddlers

  • Little Gorilla  by Bornstein, R.
  • Black Dog Gets Dressed  by Boyd, L.
  • Big Red Barn  by Brown, M.
  • Cat’s Colors  by Cabrera, J.
  • From Head to Toe  by Carle, E.
  • Who Hops?  by Davis, K.
  • Dog’s Noisy Day  by Dodd, E.
  • Gossie  by Dunrea, O.
  • Does a Pig Flush?  by Ehrlich, F.
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster!  by Emberley, E.
  • Mama Cat Has Three Kittens  by Fleming, D.
  • Hello, World  by Foreman, M.
  • Here Come Poppy and Max  by Gardiner, L.
  • Book!  by George, K.
  • Is Your Mama a Llama?  by Guarino, D.
  • Four Friends Together  by Heap, S.
  • Kiss Good Night  by Hest, A.
  • Hush! A Thai Lullaby  by Ho, M.
  • A-hunting We Will Go!  by Kellogg, S.
  • Whose Mouse are You?  by Kraus, R.
  • Chugga Chugga Choo Choo  by Lewis, K.
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?  by Martin, B.
  • Giddy-up! Let’s Ride!  by McDonnell, F.
  • Terrific Trains  by Mitton, T.
  • Toddlerobics  by Newcome, Z.
  • Wave Goodbye  by Reid, R.
  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime  by Schaefer, C.
  • Calling All Toddlers  by Simon, F.
  • A Hat for Minerva Louise  by Stoeke, J.
  • Silly Little Goose!  by Tafuri, N.
  • Clarabella’s Teeth  by Vrombaut, A.
  • Mouse Paint  by Walsh, E.
  • Hi, Pizza Man!  by Walter, V.
  • Little White Duck  by Whippo, W.
  • Silly Sally  by Wood, A.

TEACHER PICKS

  • Little Blue Truck  by Schertle, A.
  • Happy Hippo, Angry Duck  by Boynton, S.
  • Bear Snores On books  by Wilson, K.
  • Octopus Hug  by Pringle, L.
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon books  by Johnson, C.
  • Dr. Seuss Books

 

 

Books for Big Kids

Books for Big Kids

  • The Hat  by Brett, J.
  • Mr. Gumpy’s Outing  by Burningham, J
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel  by Burton, V.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Carle, E.
  • Rainy Day Slug  by Colburn, M.
  • Planting a Rainbow  by Ehlert, L.
  • Bark, George  by Feiffer, J.
  • The Gingerbread Boy  by Galdone, P.
  • Seals on the Bus  by Hort, L.
  • Good-Night Owl  by Hutchins, P.
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge  by Fox, M.
  • If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo  by Hendrick, M.
  • Chrysanthemum  by Henkes, K.
  • The Pigs’ Picnic  by Kasza, K.
  • Pet Show!  by Keats, E.
  • Tacky the Penguin  by Lester, H.
  • Swimmy  by Lionni, L.
  • Froggy Goes to School  by London, J.
  • What! Cried Granny: an Almost Bedtime Story  by Lum, K.
  • Blueberries for Sal  by McCloskey, R.
  • Flashing Fire Engines   by Mitton, T.
  • Six-Dinner Sid  by Moore, I.
  • Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs?  by Most, B.
  • Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?  by Nodset. J.
  • Where the Wild Things Are  by Sendak, M.
  • Shark in the Park  by Sharratt, N.
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout  by Sloat, T.
  • Caps for Sale: a Tale of a Peddler  by Slobodkina, E.
  • Pete’s a Pizza  by Steig, W.
  • Singing Chick  by Stenmark, V.
  • The Pig in the Pond  by Waddell, M.
  • A Chair for My Mother  by Williams, V.
  • Northwest Animal Babies  by Wolfe, A.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?  by Yolen, J.
  • Trashy Town  by Zimmerman, A.
  • Harry and the Lady Next Door  by Zion, G.

TEACHER PICKS

  • anything Dr. Seuss
  • anything Mem Fox
  • anything Sandra Boynton
  • anything Magic Tree House