30 best baby books for your baby's first library

A ref guide for gifting good titled books for little ones

By Sylvia Epie
30 best baby books for your baby's first library

When should I start reading to my baby?

It is never too soon to start reading for your baby. Babies can recognize their mother’s voice even when they are still in the womb, so it’s recommended to start reading to your baby while you are pregnant and continue when after birth.

According to a report from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), reading out loud to your baby is the best way to develop early literacy skills. It improves communication skills, stimulates the imagination, and builds memory. Reading is also a great way to bond with your baby, you can cuddle up together to make reading a comfortable and soothing routine.

Make reading a daily routine especially at bedtime, begin with a few minutes and then extend when their attention span increases. Use different voices for different characters, act out the stories to make them feel alive. Try to make it as fun as possible so your baby looks forward to it every day.

Here is a list of some of the best baby books for learning.

Best baby books for learning

There are many different kinds of books that interest babies, it all depends on their age, temperament, and development.

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1. First 100 Animals by Roger Priddy

Amazon.com: First 100 Animals (9780312496760): Roger Priddy: Books

An amazing book on animals, with real pictures, it is divided into sections for domestic animals, wild animals, and polar animals. Children love it, as it gives them a feel for nature. It is the ultimate favorite for young ones to learn about animals.

2. Bedtime Songs: 10-Button Children’s Sound Book By Scarlett Win

Bedtime Songs: 10-Button Children's Sound Book (10 Button Sound): Scarlett Wing, Cottage Door Press, Sanja Rescek: 9781680521238: Amazon.com: Books

This book helps your baby build motor skills through music, it strengthens his literacy and gives him a chance to express himself in a fun way. It is perfect for bedtime.

3. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck board book: Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry: 9780544568037: Amazon.com: Books

It’s the story of a little truck called blue that goes ‘Beep! Beep! Beep!’ because he got stuck in the mud while helping another truck. But luckily for him, his animal friends come to the rescue and help him out.

4. Baby’s Very First Lullabies Book By Stella Baggott

Baby's Very First Lullabies Book (Baby's Very First Books): 9781409565093: Amazon.com: Books

A musical book designed to lull a baby to sleep. It well-known songs like ‘Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Rock-A-Bye-Baby’. The songs are in a soft and gentle tone that will surely put your baby to sleep.

5. The Big Shiny Sparkly First Words Book by Susie Lacome

The Big Shiny Sparkly First Word Book (Big Shiny Sparkly Books): Susie Lacome: 9780762416462: Amazon.com: Books

A fun book to learn from, with flaps, illustrations, and questions to be answered. It is full of things to do, has everyday words to build your baby’s first vocabulary.

6. Who Said Moo? by By Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback

Who Said Moo?: Harriet Ziefert, Simms Taback: 9781609052799: Amazon.com: Books

It is a classic flap book that explores animal noises through repetitive text and colorful images. It teaches about common animals and the noises they make.

7. Baby’s Very First Noisy Nursery Rhymes by By Fiona Watt

Baby's Very First Noisy Nursery Rhymes: Fiona Watt: 9781409549710: Amazon.com: Books

This is a board book, with brightly colored buttons, it contains nursery rhymes such as 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and many other popular rhymes. Accompanied with catchy looking pictures that will capture your baby’s attention.

8. Nativity Flap Book by By Sam Taplin

Nativity Flap Book (Usborne Flap Book): Sam Taplin, Jessica Greenwell: 9780794525590: Amazon.com: Books

A flap book, that introduces babies and toddlers to the birth of Baby Jesus. It is beautifully illustrated and has flaps for little ones to lift and discover. Your baby will follow the Three Wise Men through their journey to Bethlehem and as they follow a bright star to get there.

9. Toes, Ears & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

Amazon.com: Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book (9780689847127): Marion Dane Bauer, Karen Katz: Books

A great book for 12-month-olds and upwards, teaching them the different body parts in a fun way.

10. Fox In A Sox by Dr. Seuss

Amazon.com: Fox in Socks (Beginner Books) (9780394800387): Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel: Books

This is a book that teaches new basic words in a fun way, it has bright illustrations and flaps. An excellent book for preparing your baby for his first words.

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11. Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks

Close Your Eyes: Kate Banks, Georg Hallensleben: 9780374301019: Amazon.com: Books

A story about a mommy tiger who wants her little cub to settle down, go to sleep and dream of exciting adventures. She assures him that she will be there when he wakes up, explaining to him that the dark is just the other side of the light. This story encourages a child teaches them not to be afraid of the dark.

12. Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Amazon.com: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (9780399226908): Eric Carle: Books

It’s the story of a hungry and tiny little caterpillar, it is weak and insignificant and he eats his way through all the healthy fruits and foods it comes across. Eventually, this weak little caterpillar transforms itself into an amazing butterfly.

13. I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy

I Kissed the Baby!: Mary Murphy: 9780763624439: Amazon.com: Books

A perfect book for the early weeks of your baby's life. It is in black and white but has splashes of color that grab your attention. The story is about a group of animals who come together to celebrate the birth of a baby.

14. I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge

I Know a Rhino: Charles Fuge: 0049725508613: Amazon.com: Books

A story about a little girl who enjoys a special friendship with a rhino and a giraffe, they go on many different adventures together.

15. The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh: A. A. Milne: 8601405204585: Amazon.com: Books

An all-time classic, the adventures of Winnie and his friends! Read this book and enjoy watching the wonder on your little one’s face. It’s full of adventure and it teaches children all about building friendships. 

16. Noodle Loves Bedtime by Marion Billet

Noodle Loves Bedtime: Nosy Crow, Marion Billet: 9780763658762: Amazon.com: Books

The story of Noodle a panda bear and his mother, it has lots of colorful pictures. Baby will love to touch and feel this book.

17. Jiggle, Jiggle, Sing & Giggle: Children’s Sound Book by Scarlett Wing

Amazon.com: Wiggle, Jiggle, Sing & Giggle: Children's Sound Book (5 Button Sound) (9781680521214): Scarlett Wing, Cottage Door Press, Hannah Wood: Books

A book of playtime songs every baby will love! Complete with lyrics and accompanied by vibrant illustrations, it also has matching audio buttons to play the tunes. Your baby develops motor skills by pushing the buttons.

18. Baby Faces by DK Books

Baby Faces: DK: 9780789436504: Amazon.com: Books

This book shows pictures of different babies all making different faces, like happy, sad, crying, etc. It is excellent for your baby’s social development. Babies love the soft squishy cover to put in their mouth when teething!

19. Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Amazon.com: Pat the Bunny: First Books for Baby (Pat the Bunny) (Touch-and-Feel) (9780553508383): Dorothy Kunhardt: Books

An old favorite, published in the 1940s, it is great for Babies as it is a touch-and-feel book. There isn’t any story in it, it just offers of the whole collection of interactive actions a Baby or a toddler will love imitating. It’s a to-do book, doing things like looking in the mirror, smelling the flowers, etc. 

20. Are You My Mother by P.D Eastman

Amazon.com: Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) (0038332269864): P.D. Eastman: Books

A classic tale of a baby bird looking for his mother. The book helps build babies' vocabularies and builds by repeating a bunch of phrases through out the book.

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21. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea

Gossie: A Gosling on the Go! (Gossie & Friends): Olivier Dunrea: 0046442747912: Amazon.com: Books

The book is about a baby gosling who is wearing her favorite red boots. She wears them every day but one day they disappear. She looks for them everywhere but couldn’t find them. Then, at last, she finds it on the feet of another yellow gosling.

22. C Is for Coco: A Little Chick’s First Book of Letters by Sloan Tannen

Amazon.com: Coco Counts: A Little Chick's First Book of Numbers (9781599900728): Sloane Tanen, Stefan Hagen: Books

A book teaching toddlers about numbers and counting in a fun way using rhymes and songs.

23. My big animal book by Roger Priddy

My Big Animal Book (My Big Board Books): Roger Priddy: 9780312511074: Amazon.com: Books

Part of the same series as my first 100 animals, it has big pictures of real animals. Your baby gets to familiarize with animals up close.

24. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon: Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd: 8601400225332: Amazon.com: Books

This is about a little rabbit preparing for his bedtime. How he says goodnight to all the things outside his window and inside his bedroom.

25. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

How Santa Got His Job: Stephen Krensky, S.D. Schindler: 9780689846687: Amazon.com: Books

A story of Santa and how he delivers presents dressed in his red suit with the help of his elves.

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26. The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book: Todd Parr: 9780316070409: Amazon.com: Books

A book that teaches about family, in a fun way. Family members and different types of families

27. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

Amazon.com: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (0000805047903): Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle: Books

This is a book teaching a child about the animal kingdom with a horse, a frog, and a bright yellow duck.

28. Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pete the Cat Paperback Book Set: Includes 4 Books: • I Love My White Shoes • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons • Pete the Cat Saves Christmas • Rocking in My School Shoes: Eric Litwin, James Dean: 9780545783064: Amazon.com: Books

Pete is a very cool cat, he teaches lessons about rolling with life's curve balls.

29. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mc Bratney

Guess How Much I Love You: Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram: 9780763642648: Amazon.com: Books

The story is about a mother hare trying to express her overwhelming love for her baby.

30. Corduroy by Don Freeman

Corduroy: Don Freeman: 9780140501735: Amazon.com: Books

The adventures of a teddy bear who needs to find a home as well as a shiny button for his overalls. He finds them and also finds a friend, Lisa, who uses her savings to buy him from a department store.


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Reading is another way of introducing your baby to the world around them, things like sounds, animals, colors, numbers, shapes, and characters.  It is best to try different types, like books with folds, plastic books, books that make noises and any other interesting books. Try out as many as you can until you find your baby’s preferences.