Mother Goose Time
Library Programs with Books and Babies

Baby Books

This page contains lists of Mother Goose/nursery rhyme collections, librarians' favorite picture books, and links to baby booklists and bibliographies:

Mother Goose/Nursery Rhyme Collections

Listed below are some of the most beloved Mother Goose/nursery rhymes collections:

Brooke, L. Leslie, illus. Ring O’ Roses: A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book. New York: Clarion Books, 1992. ISBN 0395613043.

Cousins, Lucy, illus. The Little Dog Laughed. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1990. ISBN 0525445730.

DePaola, Tomie, illus. Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1985. ISBN 0448421550.

Long, Sylvia., illus. Sylvia Long's Mother Goose. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999. ISBN 0811820882.

Opie, Iona., ed. Here Comes Mother Goose. Illus. Rosemary Wells. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999. ISBN 0763606839.

Opie, Iona, ed. My Very First Mother Goose. Illus. Rosemary Wells. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1996. ISBN 1564026205.

Sabuda, Robert. The Movable Mother Goose. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0689811926.

Whatley, B., illus. My First Nursery Rhymes. New York: HarperFestival, 1999. ISBN 069401205X.

Wildsmith, Brian, illus. Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes. Oxford University Press, Inc., 1987. ISBN 0192721801.

Picture Books

Listed below is a sampling of expert-recommended picture books, all quite suitable for using in Mother Goose Times:

Baker, Keith. Big Fat Hen. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994. ISBN 0152928693.

Cimarusti, Marie Torres. Peek a Moo! lllus.Stephanie Peterson. New York: Dutton, 1998. ISBN 0525460837.

Fox, Mem. Time for Bed. Illus. Jane Dyer. New York: Harcourt, 1993. ISBN 0152010890.

Hale, Sarah Joespha Buell. Mary Had a Little Lamb. Photographs and afterward by Bruce McMillan. New York: Scholastic, 1990. ISBN 0590437739.

Martin, Bill, Jr., Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Illus. Eric Carle. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc., 1983. ISBN 0030641640.

Ormerod, Jan. The Saucepan Game. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989. ISBN 0688085180

Willams, Sue. I Went Walking. Illus. Julie Vivas. San Diego, Gulliver, 1990. ISBN 0152004718.

Baby Booklists

Listed below are links to bibliographies/lists, compiled by experts in the field, of books appropriate to share with babies. Please note, many of the following lists contain books with small dimensions, such as board books, which are appropriate for one-on-one sharing. Many Mother Goose programmers bring out bins or baskets of board books for parents and children to peruse after the program proper. In addition, the lists found through the links below could prove helpful for reader's advisory:

Baby's Book List--Public Library Association

Beginning with Books: A Bibliography of Easy-to-Read Books for Use with Babies and Toddlers
Compiled by Kathleen T. Horning, Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Books for Babies--Discovery Health

Idaho State Library's Fiction Titles Appropriate for Children 0-5

Idaho State Library's Nonfiction Titles Appropriate for Children 0-5

Idaho State Library's Recommended Board Books

New York Public Library's 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know

Read California--Books for Babies

Sainsbury's Baby Book Award

Vermont Center for the Book--Recommended Picture Books for Babies and Toddlers

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