September is one of the busiest months; kids head back to school, retailers and savvy shoppers start preparing for the upcoming holidays and book publishers release all sorts of new titles to the reading public. Children’s books are among those new releases and, according to Amazon, here are the top five best books of September that were written specifically for children ages birth to 2 years of age.
Also included on the following list of books for babies and toddlers are the Children’s Fiction Examiner’s five books that should be in every baby’s nursery. These are classics that have stood the test of time and have been loved by babies (and older humans, too) for generations.
Amazon’s Top 5 Books for Babies for September
“The Bunny Rabbit Show” by Sandra Boynton, published by Workman Publishing Company; Brdbk edition (September 9, 2014) Ten talented bunny rabbits put on a show for your toddler’s enjoyment. Dancing, singing and generally entertaining, these rabbits join other animals on the pages of parent-favorite Sandra Boynton’s books.
“Baby Night-Night” by Amy Pixton and Kate Merritt, published by Workman Publishing Company (August 26, 2014) This sturdy boardbook will soon be a bedtime favorite. Simple text and colorful pictures help little ones see that other babies have nighttime rituals to make them feel safe and secure as well.
“Baby Bedtime” by Mem Fox and Emma Quay, published by Beach Lane Books (August 26, 2014) Little elephants illustrate all the things that must be done before sleep can happen. Kisses, hugs, drinks of water, stories and more all play a part in getting ready for bed.
“Baby Bear Sees Blue” by Ashley Wolff, published by Little Simon; Brdbk edition (September 9, 2014) Although the title states that Baby Bear sees blue, he also sees red, yellow, brown and a rainbow of colors. As he spends his day with Mama Bear, Baby Bear explores his world and learns his colors.
“Time for Bed” by Petr Horacek, published by Candlewick; Ltf Brdbk edition (September 9, 2014) This getting-ready-for-bed book reveals more and more of the last page as the story unfolds. With various shapes and colors, little readers will be ready to snuggle into their warm beds by the time the book is completed.
Five Books That Should Be in Every Baby’s Nursery
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, published by HarperFestival; Brdbk Rei edition (January 23, 2007) The great green room filled with kittens in mittens, a cow jumping over the moon and the little old lady whispering hush is a must have for every baby. This classic combines rhythm with colorful pictures that children will love.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, published by Philomel; Brdbk edition (March 23, 1994) This colorful, book not only shows what happens when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, but it also introduces young readers to the days of the week and counting to seven. A book that children will want to look at and have read to them again and again.
“The Mitten” by Jan Brett, published by Putnam Juvenile (October 4, 1996) Only Jan Brett can make a reader believe that a rabbit, a mole, bear and lots of other forest animals could fit into one white mitten left out in the snow. Although Nikki promises his grandmother he won’t lose his mitten, he does forget about it after playing outside. When he does retrieve it, he doesn’t quite understand why it isn’t the same size it once was.
“The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey and Gustaf Tenggren, published by Golden Books (January 9, 2007) Originally released in 1942, thousands of children have grown up reading the story of a little puppy who is always just a little bit later than everyone else. He is, however, a reminder that there is a time and place for taking our time and enjoying the world around us.
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, published by Candlewick; Brdbk edition (October 14, 2008) A father and son try to outdo one another in expressing their love. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare show just how special the relationship between a father and son can be.