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Preparing for Le Bébé

    January 12, 2015 | News about

Agent Monika Woods shares her must read baby books and looks for your recommendations.

My husband and I are having a baby in March and we are both big readers. We’ve been thinking about our own childhoods and how we both learned to love reading so early in life, and we hope that our child does too. It’s exciting to think about a teenaged version of our baby looking through our bookshelves someday and asking us what we think of a certain book. We’ve also been brainstorming ideas on how we can try to make sure our kid grows up to love books and we want to create reading experiences for our child.

I remember going to the library with my dad, and my mom suggesting book after book for me to read as a kid, and I can’t wait to do those things too. We’re going to have an alphabet poster on the wall, and tons of children’s books around way before the baby would ever be able to read them, just to be prepared!

For le bébé:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I love this book so much I still own my own copy from when I was a child. To me it’s a classic.

My First Kafka by Matthue Roth

This book is actually one my husband is excited about and showed me! I think it’s really cute and funny, and hope it’ll inspire a future of reading…

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

I love the illustrations, the recurring characters, the rhyming, and Madeline herself. And I love how much fun Madeline has. These books were also favorites from my own childhood.

For me:

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

I’ve been enjoying this book because it feels like a battle plan to combat a my biggest fear, which is that the baby won’t stop crying. A lot of parents I know have enthusiastically recommended this one to me, which meant a lot and is the reason I bought it.

So, what recommendations do you have for new moms and babies? Tweet us your thoughts @InkWellMgmt

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