Best Children's Books About Parents

55 Children's Books About Parents

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
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.

You're All My Favorites book
#5
You're All My Favorites
Written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Three much-loved baby bears begin to wonder if their parents have a favorite. On board pages.

Daddy Honk Honk! book
#6
Daddy Honk Honk!
Written and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

On the Night You Were Born book
#7
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Baby Love book
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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.

You're My Little Honey Bunny book
#11
You're My Little Honey Bunny
Written and illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

Sweet Dreams book
#12
Sweet Dreams
Written by Jewel and illustrated by Amy June Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

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

Welcome Little One book
#13
Welcome Little One
Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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

There's No One I Love Like You book
#14
There's No One I Love Like You
Written by Jutta Langreuter and illustrated by Stefanie Dahle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Now available as a board book! Brayden Bunny doesn’t feel like picking up his toys or washing his whiskers. It’d be so much easier to live with his friends, so Brayden decides to give it a try. But every new home he visits comes with a new problem: Missy Mouse’s house is too messy, Benny Badger’s house smells a little funny, and Fipsi Squirrel’s house is too high. At last Brayden Bunny visits his Cousin Pepi. Everything there is perfect and easy, but it doesn’t take long for Brayden to realize that something—or someone—very important is missing.

Touch & Tickle book
#15
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.

My Mother Is So Smart book
#16
My Mother Is So Smart
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

Wiggle and Move book
#17
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.

Calm and Soothe book
#18
Calm and Soothe
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby, and helps to build a sense of security and confidence. On board pages.

You are My I Love You book
#19
You are My I Love You
Written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The all-time classic, bestselling ode to the love shared between parent and child. Perfect for new parents, baby showers, christenings, and sharing at bedtime. I am your parent; you are my child. I am your quiet place; you are my wild. I am your favorite book; you are my new lines. I am your nightlight; you are my starshine. A day in the life of parent and child–full of smiles and giggles, messes and meals, boundless energy and well-earned rest. Not to mention lots of love. Here, in simple rhyming verse accompanied by colorful, playful illustrations by world-renowed artist Satomi Ichikawa, is one such day. Share it with others and treasure the memories.

Hands & Hearts book
#20
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.

Hand in Hand book
#21
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"--

Tomorrow Is Waiting book
#22
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.

Love book
#23
Love
Written by Helen O'Dare and illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Bounce and Jiggle book
#24
Bounce and Jiggle
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.

A Surprise for Bunny book
#25
A Surprise for Bunny
Written and illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

An adorable padded board book for parents and children! Little Bunny is excited today. Outside there's a treasure hunt game to play. In this fun and playful story, Mommy Bunny has set up a scavenger hunt for Little Bunny and Fluffy Squirrel. They look in the bushes, under the swing, on the ground, and in the tree until they finally find the treasure--a picnic for the both of them! This beautifully illustrated board book is the perfect gift for new parents!

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