The much-anticipated birth of Blue Ivy Carter, daughter to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, got us thinking: What books should the new parents read to the little girl who is bound to have everything? We’ve picked five favorites that are sure to make little Blue a lifelong book-lover.
“The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle
Carle has been a leader in children’s lit for generations, and his latest book captures as much wonder and creativity as his earlier work. We think baby Blue will get a kick out of having her name in the title, but we hope her parents don’t blame us when she starts asking for a pony.
“New York, New York!: The Big Apple from A to Z” by Laura Krauss Melmed
The city that never sleeps is very special to the couple (it’s where they were married in 2008, and also where baby Blue was born). Jay-Z made his love for his home city known with “Empire State of Mind.” This book will make Blue street-savvy before she can say “Brooklyn.”
“Eloise” by Kay Thomspon
Rumor has it that author Thompson based the title character, a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel, after her goddaughter, Liza Minelli. Since Minelli was also born straight into fame and fortune, we think Blue will be able to relate.
“Every Thing On It” by Shel Silverstein
Silverstein’s latest posthumous collection was an instant bestseller. The charming line illustrations will be a hit with Blue as daddy Jay-Z raps the poet’s rhymes.
“Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are busy working parents, and they’ll want some couple time every once in a while. We’re sure they will have no lack of babysitters, but they should keep this book handy for when Uncle Kanye comes to visit.