The classic children’s picture book Goodnight Moon marked its 70th anniversary earlier this month.
It’s an amazing accomplishment to have a book in print and part of generations of baby libraries for so long. I read it to my kids when they were little, but truth be told, it wasn’t one of my favourites. Despite the repetition and familiar words, my kids never insisted I read it to them, either.
We had other favourites, for sure. They loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anything by Sandra Boynton, touch-and-feel picture books, such as That’s Not My Baby, and lift-the-flap books. My personal favourite is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I cry uncontrollably every time I read it. In fact, it’s one of the bestselling children’s picture books of all time.
I have a nephew who is due next month and I love buying books for babies. Now that my kids are in grade school, I feel a little out of the loop when it comes to picture books for children.
Is Goodnight Moon one of your favourites? If you were starting a library for a baby, what books would you put on the shelves? I’d love your recommendations.