Books, and the time spent reading with my babies are some of the most special and memory-filled times I have experienced as a mother. There are books that make me and Baby giggle, books to help lure Baby to sleep, books that help them get to know the world around them, and then of course there are the books that make me (and most mommas) tear up at the first page, all the way through to the end. Here are some of my favorite books that as a mother hold a special place in my heart, and no matter how many times I read them, always choke me up a bit.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Most moms are familiar with this sweet story about the woman that takes us on the journey of a mother rocking her baby boy to sleep at night, all the way into adulthood, until she grows old and then it’s time for her grown son to rock momma at night. A sweet reminder that no matter how big they grow, our children will always be our baby, and we’ll love them forever.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Guess How Much I Love You is the story of Little Nut Brown Hare and his daddy, Big Nutbrown Hare, comparing back and forth how much they each love each other. With imaginative words and its sweet back and forth size comparison details, it is easy to see that father and son both love each other very, very much.
Little Otter's Big Journey by David Bedford & Susan Winter
Little Otter gets a bit lost and scared in the big blue sea when Momma Otter goes out in hunt of food for her and baby. Little Otter soon discovers that when Momma is away, there are plenty of nice friends in the sea to help, and in the end Momma ALWAYS comes back to her baby. A nice book to help little ones with separation anxiety.
When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli
A wonderful bedtime book for working families, it walks baby and child through all the wonderful things they will do together when mama comes home each night. When I worked full time this was an almost nightly read to my daughter and son, and it still strikes a sentimental chord with me.
Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury
A sweet reminder to not only cherish the “firsts” in a child’s life, but also the “lasts”, such as the last time they take a pacifier, the last bed time book you read to them, the last little league game. The firsts and lasts are all special and a reminder to slow down a bit because childhood goes so fast.
I Love You Mommy by Jillian Harker & Kristina Stephenson
There is so much for a young bear cub to learn! How to feed themselves, how to play with others, how to take turns. But luckily Mommy is right there beside bear cub walking him through each learning experience with a gentle guiding hand. Showing us that our Mommy is the very first, and most special teacher we’ll ever have.
On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
A sweet bedtime story teaching baby just how special they are, because there is, or never will be another just like them.
A Night Night Prayer by Amy Parker
You and baby can say night night to the sun and stars and birds and trees in this sweet rhyming bedtime book. But most of all, saying a night night prayer for those that watch over and protect us is the most important thing of all.
Time For Bed by Mem Fox
Our copy of this beautifully illustrated bedtime story is worn and tattered because both our children requested it read to them every night for a couple of years. We say good night to all the farm animals, and baby learns to wait expectantly for the very last page, which holds a loving good night kiss.
You're All My Favorites by Sam McBratney
A bookshelf-must for for any parent with more than one child, You’re All My Favorites points out how each child’s unique traits entitle them to an equally special place in their parent’s hearts.