7 Best books for baby girls

Publishers compete with ingeniousness to offer works with attractive graphics, thrilling stories, but also educational tools to prepare children to face life. The worldwide trend of children’s books is increasingly focused on images and ever more enjoyable and engaging graphics.

1. Molly Idle, Flora and the Flamingo

Molly Idle, Flora and the Flamingo

Can a book without words be missing among the essentials?  Why not if it’s a beautiful story? I really like this kind of books because it triggers the creativity of those who tell and test with a small child! This super-prized book Flora and the flamingo, in the sense that the title is Flora and the flamingo, with funny images, delicious and poetic, tells the story of a friendship, better tells the story of two dancers, better than both, because friendship is a beautiful dance.  

An album tells a game of imitation, the little girl imitating the beautiful choreography of the flamingo. Imitation because of admiration, resemblance (the girl wears a pink jersey and flippers) or want to play or dance? We do not know, but it leads to a nice story of friendship. A simple story, with very little text, but graphically it’s superb! With shutters to lift, revealing new poses, new mimicry … All pages are very nicely lined with pink flowers.

While doing research on the author, I saw that in fact it is a series. The little girl is called Flora and she also dances with a penguin on the ice or with two peacocks or even an ostrich!

2. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little fairies love unicorns. There are not many books that deal with these fabulous animals. But Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal caught our attention by beauty of its illustrations and by its exhaustive nature. It is a poetic story of friendship that makes us believe that dreams really come true. Little Uni the Unicorn believes that there should be a smart and strong little girl in the world who is waiting for her friend. But the little girl believes that a unicorn is waiting for her too. Children from the age of three will be seduced by the simplicity of the text and the illustrations by Brigette Barrager that full of charm.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965-2017) was a prolific writer who published more than thirty books for children since 2005 and the only author who he managed to simultaneously have three of his works on the list of Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy.

3. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden

If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden

This is the sweetest book with wonderful illustrations, very detailed, made in blue and orange. The illustrations by Melissa Castrillon with their color scheme capture the imagination of the child. The story itself is in the rhyme of a little girl inhabiting the imaginary world with objects and creatures to which she gives romantic names. Here’s a little sample: If I had a little garden, I would name it Whole. Whole would be filled with roots and seeds, and feed my heart and soul. It is a wonderful edition for children to explore the world; look for the meaning in words. Each page tells a new story about how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. This book will find echoes in the hearts of children as well as adults; will also delight with strong messages and universal themes.

4. Mitford at the Fashion Zoo by Donald Robertson

Mitford at the Fashion Zoo by Donald Robertson

Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson is a famous fashion illustrator and his ingenious works have captivated many. But when he doesn’t profile pop culture symbols, his real star is Mitford, the fashion-obsessed giraffe. This character has gathered a lot of fans starting from humble baby beginnings on Instagram. Now he is devoted to a whole parody book designed for adults who love fashion and modern children who early adapt to chic freaks as Robertson says. “We are all Mitford in the shower”.

Mitford was always longed to work for Cover magazine, and when he gets the opportunity, he does his best. It is clear that this is the transfer of the fashion world with designer names such as Mikael Boars and Shark Jakobs, but Mitford’s success reminds readers to quickly hold on to their dreams. He befriends fabulous diva characters like Panda Summers, Zap Possum…   and saves fashion week from disaster.

The illustrations deserve five stars, but the theme is more for adults than for children. It’s kind of “The Devil Wears Prada” in picture book.

5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (Author), Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)

Love You Forever

According to Robert Munsch’s website, he composed the theme after losing two stillborn babies. It was the song for his children and for a long time he could not sing it without crying. Only later did he make a book “Love you forever”. A little album that goes straight to the heart! We hope that the child who will receive this book will have loving parents to tell him this wonderful story!  

Every night, a mother sings the same song to her baby:

I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

As long as I’m living

My baby you’ll be.

The child is getting older. Despite the boy’s bad moves, his adolescence and his entry into adulthood, his mother watches over him and continues to sing the same song to him. Having become old and sick, no longer has the strength to pronounce it. It is then his son who will recite it, first to his mother, then to his little girl. A new cycle begins.

This highly successful youth album was first published in Canada in 1986. Mother’s love is described in her greatest disinterestedness, while the mother feels for her son great tenderness, despite his sometimes messy behavior. This book is deep and very moving. It symbolizes the unconditional love that never fades and is inherited from one generation to the next. It also reminds us that this bond is the most essential thing in the world, beyond the worries, stress and fatigue inherent in parenting. This book is extremely touching for both adults and children.

“I tell you, reading it, I had tears in my eyes and I am not even a mother! I definitely recommend it to all moms, especially those who have a boy who sometimes gets on their nerves! This book explains to the child that even if mom sometimes loses patience, she loves him with all his heart”.

“I offered this little album in a gift exchange at work. The person who received it, a little grumpy and disappointed: “I do not even have young children!” A few moments later, she had gone through the little book and it is the misty eyes that she thanked me”.

6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Author), Anita Jeram (Illustrator)

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Author), Anita Jeram (Illustrator)

Before going to sleep Little Nutbrown Hare asks his daddy Big Nutbrown Hare: “Guess how much I love you”. “I love you big like that,” he said, spreading his arms … And each one takes turns measuring his affection, through all kinds of acrobatics that parents and children (under three years old and up) can reproduce together. Illustrated with pastel colored drawings, the story is conceived a little like a new one with a fall full of poetry…

  • Hardback book (quite resistant) of small size (about 12-15 cm/less high than long)
  • Touching and adorable story
  • Beautiful drawings and writing well readable
  • Colors a bit too bland to stimulate baby’s attention
  • Cannot be easily manipulated for a small child because of its small size

7. I Had a Favorite Dress Hardcover by Boni Ashburn (Author), Julia Denos  (Illustrator)

I Had a Favorite Dress Hardcover by Boni Ashburn (Author), Julia Denos  (Illustrator)

Sweet and stylish story depicts a little girl’s favorite dress being repeatedly reused and recycled into various other favorite articles of clothing (as the year passes, the favorite dress goes from the favorite shirt to finally the favorite hair bow). When the hair bow falls prey to the puppy’s sharp little teeth, pieces of leftover tissue are saved and included in the picture. The girl is helped by a creative and hand-made mother. Bright illustrations of Julia Denos are a wonderful compliment to the narrative demonstrating the beautiful movement of the senses, as well as the joy and happiness that the little girl receives with each new “old” dress. A wonderful book about sewing and repurposing!

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