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This list of the best kids books about parents is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From More Than Balloons to Baby's Firsts there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about parents? Let us know!

More Than Balloons book
#1
More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier and illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don't compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller's whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.

Make Way for Ducklings book
#2
Make Way for Ducklings
Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home. This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#3
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

When the World Was Waiting for You book
#4
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Anna Currey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby's crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

I'll Never Let You Go book
#5
I'll Never Let You Go
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In good times . . . When you're excited, the world joins with you, You bounce all about--look, I'm bouncing, too! In bad times . . . When you are sad and troubled with fears, I hold you close and dry all your tears. And all the times in between. When you are high and when you are low, I'll be holding your hand . . . and I'll never let go. Share this beautiful celebration of unconditional love with someone special in your life.

  1. You're All My Favorites - Three much-loved baby bears begin to wonder if their parents have a favorite. On board pages.

  2. On the Night You Were Born - On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

  3. Daddy Honk Honk! - An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

  4. Where Do Kisses Come From? - Introduces some of the many reasons why parents kiss their children, including because they smile or because they are sick, and reveals where kisses come from.

I Love Dad book
#10
I Love Dad
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Show Dad how much you care with this delightful board book from the creators of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss. From his stubbly kisses to his sky high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like Dad. This charming Classic Board Book is a celebration of dads everywhere!

Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book book
#11
Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent's arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

Baby Love book
#12
Baby Love
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This cozy and cuddly picture book celebrates all the most wonderful things about babies and is perfect for reading aloud to little ones. Rosy cheeks. Button nose. Little fingers. Tiny toes. Sweet kiss. Warm hug. Yes, it must be baby love. Anyone who has ever delighted in a baby’s bright smile or darling toes will instantly connect to this adorable picture book with simple text and adorable illustrations. With just the right balance of sweetness and humor, this is a soothing ode to all the wonderful bits and pieces that make up a cuddly, snuggly baby.

I've Loved You Since Forever book
#13
I've Loved You Since Forever
Written by Hoda Kotb and illustrated by Suzie Mason
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lyrical text and illustrations of baby animals and their mothers show the love of a parent.

Mockingbird Song book
#14
Mockingbird Song
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

In an updated version of the old lullaby, a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

  1. You're My Little Honey Bunny - The perfect story to share with your own honey bunny! Celebrate your little honey bunny with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut shapes to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story of love between a parent and child.

  2. Welcome Little One - Welcome Your Little One to the World! On the day you were born, it was love at first sight. We welcomed you, little one, and held you so tight. For parents, the arrival of a newborn child is an event that offers the promise of never-ending love. Filled with lively illustrations and heartfelt rhyming text, Welcome Little One allows parents and children to celebrate and cherish their bond

  3. Sweet Dreams - A mother who would do anything for her son lovingly urges him to fall into sweet dreams.

  4. Utterly Lovely One - A mother crane celebrates her little one's loveliness and draws other animal species into the circle of love.

Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book book
#19
Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent's arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

The Sound of Silence book
#20
The Sound of Silence
Written by Myron Uhlberg
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Myron Uhlberg was born the hearing son of deaf parents at a time when American Sign Language was not well established and deaf people were often dismissed as being unintelligent. In this young reader adaptation of his acclaimed memoir, Hands of My Father, Uhlberg recalls the daily difficulties and hidden joys of growing up as the intermediary between his parents' silent world and the world of the hearing.

If There Never Was a You book
#21
If There Never Was a You
Written by Amanda Rowe and illustrated by Olga Skomorokhova
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

If there never was a you, how empty life would be! Who would make me smile and laugh and keep me company? Filled with heartwarming messages of love, belonging, and togetherness, If There Never Was a You gently reassures children that the place they hold in their parents' hearts can never be filled with anything else.

Wrapped in Love book
#22
Wrapped in Love
Written by Lucy Golden and illustrated by Kathryn Selbert
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In this endearing board book, an iconic blanket is wrapped around newborns, providing them with warmth and security, just as their parents do. As soon as babies are born, they are swaddled in their very first blanket and placed in their parents' loving arms. This book demonstrates how the warmth and security of this blanket, as well as the love and care of family, follow babies home. With soothing, lulling text and heartwarming illustrations, this board book is perfect for anyone who’s welcoming a newborn into the family.

Love book
#23
Love
Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Join a baby rabbit and its parent as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. The little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a parent’s love is the best love of all!

  1. You are My Wish - Since its publication in 2001, You Are My I Love You has sold half a million copies worldwide and given voice to the unique love parents feel for their children. Now the creators of this modern classic reunite to honor the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it’s the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there’s truly nothing like it. With touching, heartfelt words and warm, playful illustrations, Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa shine their spotlight on this unique relationship.

  2. Yawning Yoga - A beautiful bedtime routine for yogis of any age! Starting with a gentle Om, Yawning Yoga’s simple instructions, gorgeous illustrations, and soothing poetry guide readers through a relaxing routine to end the day. Thoughtful poems depict a series of step-by-step yoga poses. Each of the poses is accompanied by its Sanskrit name, adding to the layers of learning. Written by a specialist in yoga for children, this lovely introduction to the elements of yoga practice—including stretching, posture, and breath work—will help children and their caring adults ready their bodies for a restful sleep.

  3. Always - One little elephant learns that a parent’s love is unconditional. There is always love between parent and child, which is the heartwarming message in an exquisite new title from Emma Dodd. Featuring stunning illustrations of an elephant family and with interior pages embellished with foil, this makes a handsome addition to any nursery bookshelf.

  4. Love - This delightful book explores the joys of unconditional love between a parent and child. Beautifully illustrated pages and a gentle story make this perfect for sharing and creating special memories together.

You're Just What I Need book
#28
You're Just What I Need
Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Julia Noonan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the fun as a mother and child play a loving game of hide-and-seek in this charming hardcover reissue of Ruth Krauss's delightful story, originally titled The Bundle Book. As baby hides beneath the soft blanket, Mother tries again and again to guess what in the world the bundle could be. Brought to life with soft and playful full-color artwork by Julia Noonan, this heartwarming classic is perfect for parents and young children to share.

Tomorrow Is Waiting book
#29
Tomorrow Is Waiting
Written by Kiley Frank and illustrated by Aaron Meshon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A touching, timeless book about a parent's everlasting love for their child--and all of the potential their child has within. Tonight as you sleep A new day stirs Each kiss goodnight Is a wish for tomorrow... As her baby dreams, a mother imagines everything her child will someday be: independent and imaginative, kind and courageous, a listener and a leader. And each hopeful, heartfelt wish is paired with a kiss, and a promise of her love. Tender and moving, Kisses are Wishes is a modern celebration of the dreams we have for our children for finding their place in the world, and for how they will make it a better world. A perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation, it's a book that will be treasured, passed down, read and loved--again, and again, and again.

Hands & Hearts book
#30
Hands & Hearts
Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving hands that use American Sign Language. Readers will learn how to sign 15 words using American Sign Language with the help of sidebars that are both instructive and playful. And the beautifully illustrated beach scenes will appeal both to the deaf community and to hearing parents and children, who will enjoy this gentle introduction to some basic words in ASL. Hands & Hearts is a picture book unlike any other, revealing the special bond between mother and child.

You Are Loved book
#31
You Are Loved
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Perfect for baby showers, gender reveal parties, and first birthdays, this edition extends the sentiments in the bestseller On the Night You Were Born and tells children they are loved. With space and prompts for writing personal messages in the book, this volume is sure to be a special keepsake.

Wiggle and Move book
#32
Wiggle and Move
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

  1. Good Babies - Any parent who has ever been sleep-deprived will smile at this richly illustrated, lively original folktale that reassures us that all babies are good babies — and that patient love can foil even the worst-laid plans. A troll-baby living with humans? A human baby with trolls? What chaos and heartache that would lead to! Long ago, a dark-eyed witch, passing through a valley deep in the mountains of Norway, discovered two families — one human and one troll — each with a brand-new baby. The human baby slept all day and cried all night, driving his family crazy, no matter how much they rocked or sang or made funny faces. Likewise, the troll baby was a terror who slept all night and cried all day, which is when trolls like to take to their beds. Meanwhile, the witch, hoping to refresh her travel-weary bones with some wickedness, gleefully swapped troll-brat for human infant. But what is a wily witch to do when her bad intentions backfire?

  2. I Love You All Year Through - A celebration of the love for a child through every season, with delightful artwork by the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Hoda Kotb's I've Loved You Since Forever. Poetic verse perfectly expresses the unconditional love shared between grown-ups and their precious little ones. Togetherness is always special, whether you are enjoying springtime showers, lazy summer days, or the cozy chill of autumn and winter. The touching message will resonate with parents, grandparents, and anyone who has a little one in their life. A must-have for new parents...and every family's storytime bookshelf!

  3. Love You More - In this heartwarming picture book, a mom and dad realize how much love their child has brought to their family. I love you more than all the raindrops falling from the sky . . . and all of the puddles we splashed in. I love you more than all the blooming springtime flowers . . . and all the dandelions we made wishes on. Views of love are forever changed with the wonderful addition of a baby to the family. Parents come to realize that their love is boundless and only keeps growing more than they ever thought possible-more than all the raindrops in the sky, more than all the sand on the beach, and more than all the stars in the sky, proving that the love of a parent is unconditional and unparalleled. Parents will love sharing this sweet story with their child!

  4. My Mother Is So Smart - Mothers are so amazing–is there anything they can’t do? Through the heartfelt words of a little boy awed by all the things his mom can do, this glowing celebration of mothers has a universal appeal that will make young readers everywhere want to share it with their own moms. Featuring Tomie dePaola’s classic soft illustrations and in a wonderful smaller trim size, this is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day–or any day!

Hand in Hand book
#37
Hand in Hand
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Be my teacher from day one. Be my sky, my moon, my sun. The bond a parent and child share is special. In this sweetand heartfelt board book, renowned author-illustrator Rosemary Wells celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning: talking and walking, feeding and reading, playing and dreaming, and more. Spectacular art and a powerful message make this a perfect gift for Mother's Day and Father's Day!

Hand in Hand book
#38
Hand in Hand
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2--16

"This sweet and heartfelt picture book celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning"--

Touch & Tickle book
#39
Touch & Tickle
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features special activities to promote feelings of security and confidence and encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

What Mommies Like book
#40
What Mommies Like
Written by Judy Carey Nevin and illustrated by Stephanie Six
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Following in the footsteps of What Daddies Like, now young readers can find out what mommies like best in this story about a mommy bear and her cub's special day together. Mommies like big hugs. Mommies like kisses. Mommies like "Good morning to you!" Mommy Bear and her little cub spend the day together doing all kinds of things that mommies like! They ride their bikes to the library, have a hullabaloo, play kazoo, and much more. But after a fun-filled day, there's one thing that mommies like best . . . saying "I love you!" This is the perfect companion title to What Daddies Like.

Pirate Boy book
#41
Pirate Boy
Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy, Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. Luckily, his mother reassures him that she would find him, even if she had to swim on a dolphin, battle sea monsters, and wield a bottle of pirate-shrinking magic spray to do it! Young readers will love this adventurous and ultimately reassuring tale of a mother's love.

  1. Always Come Home to Me - A moving and uplifting tale of two children and their parents, and the beloved pet doves that help them to understand one another. "Fei, fei — fly, fly, little birds, but always come home to me!" Mei-Mei and Di-Di are head-over-heels in love with their new doves. Like devoted parents, the siblings tenderly nurture Butterfly and Squeaky as they grow from chicks to fledglings to birds. But when Mei-Mei and Di-Di arrive home to find that the doves have disappeared, their young hearts break into a thousand pieces — and they run away, determined to reclaim their beloved birds. Will Mei-Mei and Di-Di return home with the doves before they break their own parents’ hearts?.

  2. Baby's Firsts - Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to his first birthday.

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