Where it's for a baby shower, new born, birthday or graduation, we know there are many gifts out there that are worth giving. But the best? Books. Reading to kids from a young age is worthwhile and meaningful.

Not only does it create a special bedtime bond between the reader and the child, but it encourages the child to read from a young age. And if there's anything else we know, it's that a few number of children books should be on every kid's bookshelf. This is our top 5 list of books that no child should be without.

Just Me And My Dad (Little Critter)

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day, or any day!

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children, now and forever!

From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids-both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.

This book is one of the best sellers in children's books and has been for years. It tells the story of a caterpillar and its life cycle, starting from coming out of its egg to emerging into a beautiful butterfly. Not only does it have amazing illustrations, but it teaches the days of the week and counting up to 5. A perfect book for a new mother and child eager to learn!

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Over the years, the book has received a lot of controversy based on the multiple themes that are provided, but it is still on our list since it is a childhood staple.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day and a sure pick for our list.

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