There’s a reason that classics stay classic. In fact, the top books for your baby are the same ones your parents probably read to you. So, let the classics live on in these five amazing classic books you’ll love to read with your baby. And someday, they may even read them to their own children.

  1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Compromised of only 50 recycled words, tiny ones love this creative story that follows Sam and his reluctant pal. Better yet, these 50 words are simple and easy to repeat, encouraging vocabulary building.

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Max’s world captivates young audiences and introduces them to an island full of monsters. According to author Maurice Sendak, the so-called “wild things” were modeled after his various aunts and uncles. So small ones can relate to the idea of bossy adults and wanting to escape sometimes.

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Simple drawings convey big ideas in this tear-jerking story. A mother’s unconditional love echoes again and again. The tree gives “the boy” everything she has until she can give no more. And even the youngest children can look at the pictures and see these sacrifices. Also, older ones can learn something new as they grow with the story.

  1. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

A mouse rising above her bullies subtly teaches little ones about confidence. Paired with colorful illustrations, being proud of your differences is another lesson in this sweet story.

  1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

You can encourage early literacy through storytelling in this wordless book. But the beauty of this story is that there is no story. However, the pictures speak for themselvesĀ or at least encourage children to do so.

Some stories stay with you forever, and many of those stories are the ones you heard when you were small. But by reading them to your children, they promise to stay classics into the next generation. Sharing these beloved tales is a nice way to share your baby and children.