My top 10 favorite baby books

There are so many baby books and there are so many benefits to reading to your baby. Some benefits are tangible and few we will never realize.  Below I have done some research and posted few benefits of reading to your baby or toddler along with the source.

  • Reading aloud to your baby is a great way to pass the time for parents. It increases the parent-child bond too. (Link to the article)
  • Reading helps to increase their attention span in the real world. Children get easily distracted, and teaching them to pay attention is a skill which we need to inculcate from a young age. (Link to the article)
  • Early reading promotes better brain, literacy, and numeracy skills. Who doesn’t want to help their kids to have better brain functions to help them navigate this world more successfully? (Link to the article)
  • Reading baby books also helps with better behavior, lower aggression, and hyperactivity in toddler ages.

Due to the above reasons and also many other intangible benefits of reading, I have compiled a list of 10 books to get you started on this journey of reading to your babies regularly.

Please note these books are my personal preferences. The following books are most appropriate for ages 0+ to 4.

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1. Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz

Description of the book:

It is a sturdy flap book that can even be held by a 4-month-old baby while lying down. In each page, there is a question asking about the baby’s body part and the next page has a flap, under which the answer is provided. The book not only teaches about the body parts but also about the prepositions – ‘behind’ and ‘under’.

I personally recommend this book because it is very simple and cute. It is very easy for your baby to grasp the questions and answer them over a period of time. My daughter had a very easy time relating to the book and her body parts; also she loved lifting the flap part very much.

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle, Bill Martin Jr.

Description of the book:

I have the paper-book format of this book. I am not sure if it is available in board book format. Each page has a big picture of an animal in one particular color. In a sing-song fashion, the book asks each animal about what they see. It goes in this format: “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? … I see a red bird looking at me”. And then you turn the page and ask the same question to the red bird and it goes on.

It was a gift to my daughter from a friend of ours and my daughter absolutely goes nuts over this book. I recommend this book because it is a great book to read in a sing-song manner and as they grow they will learn colors and animal names.

3. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Description of the book:

One more board book with flaps to capture the little one’s attention. In this book the author writes to the Zoo to ask for a pet and each time the Zoo sends an animal, the author sends back the animal to the Zoo asking for another one. So each page has a flap with an animal hidden under it.

This is a very fun and interactive book and is an extended version of teaching babies about animals. It is simple and straightforward with one animal picture on each page. Go for it if you want to get your kid excited to learn more about different animals with the help of books.

4. Moo, Baa, La La La!

Description of the book:

I just can’t get enough of Sandra Boynton’s books. As the name suggests this book deals with animal sounds. It has cute animal pictures with the sound the animal makes. It is silly and a great favorite of my daughter’s.

5. Campbell Push and Pull first stories books

Description of the book:

The first stories Campbell series are super sturdy board books, which are basically classics that are re-written to suit their audiences: ‘babies’ and ‘toddlers’. There are several titles in this series like – “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Cinderella”, “The Jungle book” etc. Your kids will have a great time being read to and playing with these books. Along with the story and illustrations, they have also made these board books to have “push, pull and slide” functions. The illustrations are so pretty and every household should have at least one book from this series.

6. Ladybird books – Level 1

Description of the book:

If you are looking for pocket-friendly, good book options, then this is your answer. These books come in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle edition. Though they are not board-books, the content inside is very simple and will guide parents on how to read the book properly. This book is great for toddlers especially.

7. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Description of the book:

This book comes in various formats – Board-Book, Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, and Audio. This is my personal favorite. Not only does my daughter enjoy listening to it despite its length (its the lengthiest of all her books), I enjoy reading it to her every time. The highlight of the book is its illustrations. It is a book with a moral for all of us. You have to experience the book to understand our family’s love for this book.

8.The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Description of the book:

If you are looking for a book to read and set your little one’s bed-time routine. then this is a great book. The illustrations and verses are very pretty and catchy. I personally read it to her with a tune. This was my second book purchase for my daughter and my daughter never tires of listening to this book.

9. Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! by Ruth Spiro

Description of the book:

I know a lot of you might wonder if babies really need to know about Aerospace Engineering. Before buying this book even I felt I was being ambitious, in-fact even now I think I am being over ambitious. But I don’t think this list will be complete without a book introducing babies and toddlers to science and getting them invested in learning concepts.

After this book, my 1-year-old daughter looks at birds and their flight a little differently. She understands that birds flap their wings as part of their flight. She understands that she has hands and birds have wings. It’s no small feat to make kids so young to understand these concepts. A toddler of 3-4 might grasp the book concepts a lot faster than a 1-2-year-old. But you can still make the 1-2-year-olds understand parts of the book to later tie it all up. It’s one of a kind baby book. Also, this is the 1st book in a series of 4.

10. A Is For Apple by Georgie Birkett

Description of the book:

As the name suggests, “A is for Apple” is a great alphabet book. Each page has an Alphabet written in tracks format so that it can be traced with your finger and 2 pictures; one will be displayed in the front and one is under the flap. The illustrations are neat and the flap is so much fun for babies and toddlers. Just make sure you read the book together with your baby, as they can tear off the flap quite easily.

I hope you find this list useful. I order most of my baby books online. Libraries are also a great source of an unlimited supply of books. Give your baby the choice to choose from options when you have a physical copy in your hand.

Do let me know in the comments if you have any other favorites. Happy reading to your children!

Also if you are interested to learn more about how to read effectively to your baby then please check out the article below:


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