These books have been on our bookshelf since day one. Whether you’re a mom-to-be or are looking for the perfect gifts for your favorite mom friends. This list won’t disappoint! Diversity matters, and these have been some of our favorites since my daughter was just a baby. Check out the Amazon list at the end for links to buy these and more of our favorites!

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Please, Baby Please
By Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee 

From waking the entire house at five in the morning and wearing breakfast on their heads to making giant waves in the bath and refusing to go to sleep (without one more kiss), toddlers are always full of energy and surprises. Academy Award-nominated director and producer Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, recall some of the “surprises” that came with raising their own two children in this exuberant picture book that’s perfect for family sharing. The Lees personally chose acclaimed artist (and father of two) Kadir Nelson to illustrate this book, and the resulting work — a daring combination of warmth and vibrant color — explodes with all the energy of childhood (and concludes with the patience, understanding, and unconditional love of being a parent).

Whose Toes Are Those
By Jabari Asim 

In these books, playful rhymes answer the title question. “Knees like these/don’t grow on trees.” “Ten little lovelies/all in a row./ Whose toes are those?/ Do you know?” On each spread, viewers get a glimpse of the youngster in question. On the final spread, the book takes a vertical twist to show the whole, laughing child. The stories are sweet and simple, and children will enjoy bending knees or wiggling toes along with the protagonists. The illustrations were sketched in graphite and painted digitally; they are warm and lively with swirls of color and friendly animals looking on. The text refers to knees “so brown and so strong” and toes “so brown and sweet.” These titles will add welcome diversity to board-book collections. 

I Love You So Much
By Marianne Richmond 

I Love You So Much… puts into words the often indescribable quality of boundless, steady and unconditional love. This comforting story embraces the reader like a warm hug and gently reassures a child that love is for always — despite grouchy moods or physical separation. I Love You So Much… is the perfect pause in a hectic day, offering the gift of love to a treasured child.

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats 

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snow Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. We love that Peter lives in an apartment just like us and the illustrations are top-notch.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
by Verna Aardema 

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.”

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Nia Lawrence has over 10 years of experience working as an Art Director at some of the top magazinesin New York City. She was responsible for creating visual content for companies such as Real Simple, Latina, Redbook, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Suede and Victoria's Secret.. ​ Brooklyn, NY is home to the mom of one who currently runs the Nia Lawrence Design Studio, a print and digital marketing company.

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