The Best Baby Books

Books are one of my favorite things to buy and receive for my little girls!  Being a book worm myself I hope to instill in my girls a love of reading.  I have read every day with them since they were newborns and it is such a productive and sweet quite time activity.  There are so many amazing children’s books available but here are a few of my must-haves to start your baby library with.


  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown – I have read this book to Elle almost every night since she was born and have followed tradition with Josie. They know it by heart and it has just become part of our bedtime routine
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman – My girls beg for this short story about an adorable bear over and over. Get your tissues ready, though. I cry at the end every time. (I have also been accused of crying during commercials though, so it doesn’t take a lot to get my tears flowing.)
  • Llama Llama Wakey-Wake, by Anna Dewdney – This is a darling rhyming book and my girls love to finish the sentences because they are easy to remember. There is a whole collection of Llama Llama books and they are all great!
  • Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendack – This is a classic that will never be outdated. This much-requested book has been very well loved at our house.  My only complaint with this book is that I can’t find a board version, which I like best when reading to babies.
  • Nursery Rhymes, by Kate Toms – The hand-stitched illustrations in this book are amazing, making the classic nursery rhymes enjoyable and memorable.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle – Mr. Carle is a genius! His books are intriguing and exciting to little minds.  We have multiple versions of this book (hardback, board book and plush book) and all are read often.
  • Moo, Baa, La La La, by Susan Boynton – My little ones knew this book by heart at a very young age. It teaches animal sounds while its song-like rhythm makes memorization easy.  Definitely a must have!
  • Jane Eyre: A BabyLit Counting Primer, by Jennifer Adams – The BabyLit book series is a great way to begin the introduction of classic literature into your child’s life. My girls love counting along with the Jane Eyre Counting Primer!
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I ALWAYS opt for the board version of a book if available.  My girls are still young and I cringe anytime they turn a paper page.  Eventually a nice hardback collection would be great, but for now we love wearing out those board books.

What are your must-have baby books?!   Are there any that you love that didn’t make my list?  Watch for our Best Toddler Books List soon!

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