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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald

I grew up in a home of readers. We were read to often from early on. I have every intention of keeping that going in my home. My three-year-old can sit with books for hours in a day; I have no doubt the love of reading will grow with her! Here are a few books we have found as favorites for baby’s first year.

10 Favorite Baby Books

a book with words
First 100 Words

a book about all babies
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

a book about getting ready for bed
Time for Bed P.B. Bear

a book with the best message
Jesus Loves Me!

a book with sweet pictures
Baby’s Best Friend

a book set for little hands
My First Library Baby Einstein

a book about moving
From Head to Toe

a book for bedtime
Time for Bed

a book for flipping
Where’s Spot?

a book that is a classic
Pat the Bunny

Print the full list here.

10 Favorite Baby Books

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. — May Ellen Chase

What baby books would you add to this list?

10 Favorite Baby Books

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57 comments on “10 Favorite Baby Books”

  1. I completely agree. My 2 year old can sit for a long time quietly reading either by herself or with me/my husband. She is very active, so when she is in the “reading zone” it says a lot. We love Sandra Boynton series.

    • Love it! It’s so wonderful to see the little ones getting into books. Thanks for mentioning the Sandra Boynton books. Great picks!

  2. I’m so glad to see this list. I’ve been trying to decide which books to get for my 4 month old. We only have a few for her now (we’ve read them over and over again because we read to her every day). I’ll look into some of these.

    • My girls just loved “Baby’s Best Friend” when they were younger. They loved the pictures of all the animals and sweet little baby faces. For the real little ones “Baby Love” by Sandra Magsamen is also fun. It’s a cloth book. Enjoy checking out the books!

  3. Hurray for reading to kids a LOT! I have fond memories of Pat the Bunny from when I was little. A favorite of ALL my kids has been Margaret Wise Brown’s “Big Red Barn.” We’ve gone through a couple board book copies!

    • I’ll have to check out “Big Red Barn” as I’m not familiar with that book. You know a book is great when you have gone through multiple copies!

  4. We are big readers in our home too. One of my favorite things to do is to lay next to my son on the couch in front of the fire and read. He’s too big for my lap these days, almost a teenager, but thankfully, he absolutely loves reading (and cuddling). Great list of recommendations!

  5. As a preschool teacher, mother and now grandmother, you picked a great selection of books. My grandson’s favorite is Where’s Spot. You never read enough, put the books everywhere, cars, diaper bags, varioius places around the home. It is something that gets created way before they go to school. Nice job!

    • Thank you! Yes, books everywhere! There is actually a book called Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt. :)

  6. These are good books. We also love Goodnight Moon, On the Night You Were Born, and Runaway Bunny! Plus, any books on or including animals are great! I’m sure there are others, but these are favorites that we own! :)

  7. Great picks! I need to get a few of these. We have a nice book collection going because everyone brought a book to my baby shower instead of a card.

    My 5 month old’s favorite right now is Snuggle Puppy. It makes him giggle!

    • I love the idea of a book instead of a card! That seems common now. So great to have a book you can read over and over again instead of a card that may be thrown away. And…for people who miss writing in a card. You can always write in a book! I love seeing the writing in my girls books as it’s fun to be able to remember who gave it to them.

  8. I agree, we read at least one story, if not two, every night before songs and bed. My favorite book as a kid was “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book”. Sorry, just the Grover version. I found this and my oldest loved it when she was a toddler, and used to ask for it every night. Now that she is older we have expanded our library a lot, we also have some e-books too! I love Gerald Hawksley for this too!

  9. I’ve always been an avid reader with my children. They love books and we read at least 2-3 per day.

    You shared some great selections here too!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  10. Thanks for sharing this list. I am hosting a baby shower and we have to bring books instead of cards with the gift and this gave me a couple ideas. We are huge book readers in our family! A couple favorites are I love you Stinky Face & the Lady Bug Girl books!

    • My 3 year old enjoys the Lady Bug Girls books! I love the idea of bringing books instead of cards to a shower.

    • I’m not currently on instagram. I have considered it, but I’m new to blogging and I think I already have enough to do for now. Hopefully someday. :)

  11. i can’t believe I haven’t read anything on this list!! I think I need to add to my library. You have some great books on here. Thank you for this list!

  12. That’s a great list of books. We love Pat the Bunny. And other favorites of ours are Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You?, and almost everything by Sandra Boynton.

  13. I love the quote at the beginning of the post. So amazing :) I have no clue how I have never heard it before. I love “Time for Bed,” such a sweet story. I love Eric Carle also. My kids love the Brown Bear book. Stopping by from the ShineHop!

  14. Hi Emily,
    The quote you began with on your featured photo is one of my favorites, and it is oh so true. :) Also, I love the classic baby book Pat The Bunny. I have teens now, but still remember reading that over and over to them as well as all the Spot books. I clicked here because of your title about books for babies. :) I came via Motivational Monday Link Up.
    Have a wonderful day and be blessed!
    Pamela – Literate For Life

  15. I so agree reading is such a joy and pleasure. We tell our children that when they learn to read they can do anything and learn anything. Reading is so important and a love for it is a gift. All my children (except the youngest – still learning) have a love of reading. One side affect though is they don’t go to sleep too early as they want to keep reading. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    • Yes! Reading late into the night! Less sleep isn’t great, but it’s not too bad of a reason to stay up too late. :)

  16. That Jesus Loves Me book looks great! I will have to look for it.

    Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk. We hope you plan to join us tomorrow.

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