Last weekend, the baby and I enjoyed a wonderful baby shower in New Jersey with family and friends. It was so, so nice to see everyone and I so wish that I could have spent more time talking to everyone who was able to attend. One of my favorite gifts (shown above) was a stack of books from Virginia that all had strong, brave, female main characters.
And as you know, Josh and I love reading (as does Virginia), so this gift hit so many of the right spots. Plus, there were a few books in the assortment that I haven’t read, so I’m looking forward to enjoying them myself. The books range in age-appropriateness and difficulty, though I can imagine reading all of these books aloud to the baby much before she’s ready to read on her own, which is already making me happy.
Virginia had compiled her book choices with some help from her younger sister Caroline and her mom, who are both also big fans of books. I asked to see the full list so that I could make sure to have a resource to consult whenever we need to add to the collection.
I so loved—and still do—curling up with a good book. In fact, my preferred way of reading is to read an entire book in one sitting, or in one weekend, because then I get to feel like I’ve really gone right into the book. I hope our girl feels the same way.
And because I didn’t think it was fair to keep this big list of awesome books to myself, here it is, for your reading pleasure. These are in no particular order and the list contains a few that might not fit into the theme of Virginia’s gift exactly, but I thought it better to give you more than less.
The expanded list:
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Rainbow Goblins
anything Eric Carle (like the Very Hungry Caterpillar)
anything Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat, The Sneeches, The Lorax)
anything Beatrix Potter
The Berenstein Bears
The Polar Express
A Light in the Attic
The Giving Tree
Where the Wild Things Are
Strega Nona (this one is about an Italian Grandma witch who recites magic over her pasta pot!)
Harriet and William and the Terrible Creature
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
The Princess Who Lost Her Hair
Song of the Lioness Quartet
The Wizard of Oz
A Colored Fairy Book
Walk Two Moons
Ella Minnow Pea
Catherine Called Birdy
The Phantom Tollbooth
Old Mother West Wind
Mists of Avalon
Little House on the Prairie, in the Big Woods, etc.
Anne of Green Gables
Tales from Shakespeare
P.S. Here’s my first post on reading to the baby, which has many awesome book recommendations in the comments!