Reading to your baby is one of the most important developmental experiences for your little one. It will teach them sounds, language, arts, cause and effect, object-word associations, counting, colors, emotions, social cues, and about love and friendship. Books are very important building blocks for your baby's brain development, and you'll be happy to know that there are tons of excellent, fun, colorful, and engaging books out there for you to read and enjoy.
Some of our all-time favorite baby books are up at the top, but otherwise this list is in no particular order, and includes options suitable for both infants and toddlers. They're all fantastic and highly recommended! We hope you enjoy! Also check out our new list of the best bilingual English-Spanish baby books!
Eric Carle uses bright mixed-media collages with primary colors to illustrate a simple story about, you guessed it, a very hungry caterpillar! Great artwork, interactive book design, and delicious snacks!
This interactive book is tons of fun, inviting your baby to press the dot and see what happens! Teaches cause and effect, with the dots moving, multiplying, and scattering with the touch of your baby's finger!
An important and timely celebration of diversity and the beautiful skin tone differences that characterize the world around us. Join 7-year old Lena as she explores the colors that paint ourselves, our cultures, and our neighborhoods. A great first read about race, belonging, and the power of differences.
Mo Willems makes some of the cutest and most helpful books for babies and toddlers who are questioning their uncertain worlds, learning to express their emotions and independence, and navigating complex social relationships.
The author uses nature (leaves, twigs, flower petals) to make beautiful critters like lions, pigs, flamingos, and one of the most beautiful butterflies we've ever seen! Simple, creative, and inspiring interactions with nature.
We all make mistakes, and it's important for your baby to know that it's a natural and beautiful part of the learning process. This book turns tons of little mistakes into a beautiful and interactive collage of beauty!
One of the best stories for kids, the hero Max goes on a rompus and gets himself in a little trouble, and ends up sent to bed without dinner. Watch and listen as Max explores an imaginary forest that grows in his room, and his adventures with the wild creatures fo the forest!
A wonderful toddler book about the important relationship between a black child and her father, this book won the Feminist Book Project award, and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award and Irma Black Award. A beautiful story that positively represents black men and their daughters, and a great read for all colors and genders!
Beautiful artwork combined with an inspiring story about Susanne and her exploration of the natural world around her, this book guides children through a multi-sensory exploration of the natural world all around them (ages 3-8).
This book has real photographs of penguins going about their daily business, including splashing, dashing, drooping, and even pooping! A fun delight with beautiful images from professional photographers.
This fun lift-the-flap baby book is a colorful first lesson about our bodies, revealing parts of the body hiding under hats, shirts, and bubble baths! A fun game of peek-a-boo for baby and parents alike!
I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet… This book tells the tale of a child who requests a pet from the zoo, and the silly series of animals that were sent. Some too heavy, some too naughty, until the perfect pet arrives.
Beautiful and simple illustrations fill this fun book about animals and insects in your backyard. The story is told from the caterpillar's perspective, looking up at the big curious child peering down.
Beautiful artwork combined with an inspiring story about Susanne and her exploration of the natural world around her, this book guides children through a multi-sensory exploration of the natural world all around them.
This is a beautiful story about a mother's unconditional love for her baby bunny who wants to run away. A fun tale of make-believe chase, with a mother who is willing to travel to the lengths of the earth to stay with her baby.
This book is about the complex emotions characterizing each and every day of baby's and your life, and how love is a constant throughout. Find the hidden heart on every page for a fun interactive activity!
With scooped-out die-cut pages that invite baby's fingers to explore, this is a great hands-on multisensory book that will get baby thinking about opposites, like day-night, small-big, and heavy-light.
Another amazing book by the folks at Blue Dot Kids Press, Ivy spends an imaginative day with the birds, singing as they sing, eating as they eat, and flying as they fly. A rich and creative journey that is both creative and educational.
Roger Priddy is back with another learning board book with bold colors and adorable pictures. In this one, he focuses on 100 simple first words for baby, inviting baby to play along and find the objects.
In this classic Dr. Seuss book, a tired little bug is getting sleepy and his yawn sets off a chain event of yawns for some very silly looking creatures. Experience great rhymes and illustrations that are sure to get your child yawning!