The best baby books list is, of course, somewhat subjective. We all have our favorites, and we all have those books that are nostalgic from our own childhoods.
This list of the 20 best baby books of all-time represents a mix of long-time classics, as well as some newer titles for you to discover.
Best Baby Books of All-Time
These books are beloved for many reasons; whether it be sweet illustrations, stirring (but simple) text, or just because it will hold your baby’s attention – there is something here for every tiny reader and their parents.
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Your child may be too young to understand all of the text. But reading to your baby from a very early age is one of the best things you can do to encourage their development.
And remember: there is a wide range in terms of when kids learn to read. But that is not what you need to be thinking about in these early years. You are laying a groundwork for future literacy through the simple, age-old act of sharing a story with your child.
- I Am A Bunny
- Goodnight Moon
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- The Snowy Day
- Big Red Barn
- First 100 Words
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- The Going to Bed Book
- Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Love You Forever
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
- Everywhere Babies
- Please, Baby, Please
- Where's Spot?
- Bear in a Square
- If Animals Kissed Good Night
- Giraffes Can't Dance
- Ten Tiny Toes
I know, I know - the bedroom is the size of a palace and that fireplace is definitely not child-proofed. And yet still, the gentle rhythm of this book can’t be beat. Repeating a few lines puts my toddler to sleep (not that that’s always the goal of reading, but it’s a win at bedtime).
This Caldecott Medal-winning book has been celebrated by generations of readers. It is regarded as a classic of children's literature, and is one of the first books to realistically depict a multi-cultural urban neighborhood. As the young protagonist Peter delights in the snow, you will find yourself delighting in this book.
This is a tear-jerker, so it *may* go over your baby's head. That being said, it's a classic for a reason. This story about a mother's boundless love for her child will strike a nerve. And the quiet nature of the story, plus the repetition of the most important lines, makes for a sweet read-aloud experience with your baby.
Even the youngest children love to hear the sounds of their parents reading to them. This is a great opportunity to cuddle up with your baby and spend some high quality time together.
I hope this list helped you find some new books to enjoy with your child. These are the stories that your child will come to love and remember. And, perhaps, read one day with their own children.
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