By Kathryn Peck
As a mom of 4 little ones, I’ve seen many books come and go. But there are a handful of books that have lasted through and been thoroughly enjoyed by all four of my kiddos equally. On my oldest son’s first birthday cake? It had a green sheep on top. If we meet someone named Nicholas, he’s likely a bunny. And whenever we see a red balloon, it’s got to be the one from the zoo in Peggy Rathmann’s “Goodnight Gorilla.”
These are the books that we’ll remember as my children grow, and these are books that’ll stay on my bookshelf no matter how worn and tattered they may become through the years. It just means that they are read and loved, and that’s a book with staying power.
“Peek-A Who?” by Nina Laden
“Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox
“I am a Bunny” by Richard Scary
“10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes” by Mem Fox
“Little Gorilla” by Ruth Borenstein
“Goodnight Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann
“Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown
“Hug” by Jez Alborough
“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell
“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt
About the author: Kathryn is the owner of Bicycle Pie and mom of 4 little ones. Also a writer, editor, and former owner of one of Boston's premiere baby boutiques, she continues to write about motherhood, children's products, family life, and all other things that test our skills and patience as parents.