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If Animals Kissed Good Night

If Animals Kissed Good Night

Bedtime, Lovey Dovey

Ann Whitford Paul

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 71403 votes, reviews
My First Library (Boxset)

My First Library (Boxset)

Vocabulary

Wonder House Books

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 66860 votes, reviews
I Love You to the Moon and Back

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Lovey Dovey

Amelia Hepworth

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 63195 votes, reviews
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Classics, Food, Counting

Eric Carle

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 57042 votes, reviews
Love You Forever

Love You Forever

Lovey Dovey, Canadiana

Robert Munsch

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 55672 votes, reviews
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

Classics, Rhythmic

Bill Martin Jr.

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 49174 votes, reviews
First 100 Words

First 100 Words

Vocabulary

Roger Priddy

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 36151 votes, reviews
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Modern Favs, Rhythmic, Alphabet

Bill Martin Jr.

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 34835 votes, reviews
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Classics, Caldecott Medal

Maurice Sendak

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 33010 votes, reviews
Where's Spot?

Where's Spot?

Classics, Permanence

Eric Hill

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 32146 votes, reviews
Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffes Can't Dance

Rhythmic, Being Yourself

Giles Andreae

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 28627 votes, reviews
Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

Animals, Permanence, Classics

Rod Campbell

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 27297 votes, reviews
The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of This Book

Nostalgia, Bravery

Jon Stone

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 26973 votes, reviews
The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Lovey Dovey, NY Times Best Sellers, Graduation

Emily Winfield Martin

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 26631 votes, reviews
Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Bedtime, Classic

Margaret Wise Brown

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 26068 votes, reviews
The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish

Classics, Perspective, Emotions, NY Times Best Sellers

Deborah Diesen

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 24276 votes, reviews
Grumpy Monkey

Grumpy Monkey

Emotions, Modern Favs

Suzanne Lang

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 23506 votes, reviews
I've Loved You Since Forever

I've Loved You Since Forever

Celebrity Authors, Lovey Dovey, Modern Favs, Adoption

Hoda Kotb

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 21028 votes, reviews
Moo Baa La La La

Moo Baa La La La

Best of Boynton, Modern Favs

Sandra Boynton

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 17263 votes, reviews
Corduroy

Corduroy

Classics

Don Freeman

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 16953 votes, reviews
The Going To Bed Book

The Going To Bed Book

Bedtime, Best of Boynton

Sandra Boynton

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 16509 votes, reviews
The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish

Sharing

Marcus Pfister

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 16066 votes, reviews
On The Night You Were Born

On The Night You Were Born

Lovey Dovey, Modern Favs

Nancy Tillman

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 14309 votes, reviews
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Modern Favs, Ethical Leadership

Alice Schertle

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 12310 votes, reviews
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Classics, Sounds

Helen Oxenbury

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 12088 votes, reviews
Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Modern Favs, Bedtime

Anna Dewdney

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 11074 votes, reviews
Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Lovey Dovey

Sam McBratney

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 9740 votes, reviews
See, Touch, Feel

See, Touch, Feel

Newborn Touch

Roger Priddy

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 9559 votes, reviews
The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

Classics, Diverse Leads, Caldecott Medal

Ezra Jack Keats

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 9393 votes, reviews
The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

Classics, Being Yourself

Munro Leaf

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 8126 votes, reviews
I Wish You More

I Wish You More

Lovey Dovey

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 8056 votes, reviews
My First Book of Baby Signs

My First Book of Baby Signs

Baby Signs, Vocabulary

Lane Rebelo

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 7570 votes, reviews
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Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing

Music, Emotions, Diverse Leads

Cedella Marley

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 7239 votes, reviews
Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Classics, Thinking Big

Crockett Johnson

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 5781 votes, reviews
Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla

Bedtime, Wordless, Classics

Peggy Rathmann

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 5697 votes, reviews
8 Little Planets

8 Little Planets

Space

Chris Ferrie

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 5586 votes, reviews
Please, Baby, Please

Please, Baby, Please

Celebrity Authors, Diverse Leads

Spike Lee

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 5188 votes, reviews
The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny

Nostalgia, Lovey Dovey

Margaret Wise Brown

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 5015 votes, reviews
The Jolly Postman

The Jolly Postman

Modern Favs

Allan Ahlberg

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 4859 votes, reviews
Things That Go (Indestructibles)

Things That Go (Indestructibles)

Rip Proof

Amy Pixton

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 4145 votes, reviews
I Love You Through and Through

I Love You Through and Through

Lovey Dovey, Rhythmic

Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 4063 votes, reviews
See and Say Book

See and Say Book

High Contrast

Wimmer-Ferguson

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 4042 votes, reviews
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The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

Classics, Growth Mindset, Perseverance

Watty Piper

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3739 votes, reviews
Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Tales

Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Tales

Nostalgia

A. A. Milne

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3676 votes, reviews
I Like Myself!

I Like Myself!

Diverse Leads, Diversity, Voicing Opinions

Karen Beaumont

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3492 votes, reviews
Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies

Baby Faces, Lovey Dovey, Diversity

Susan Meyers

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 3079 votes, reviews
Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

Emotions, Baby Faces

Abrams Appleseed

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 2766 votes, reviews
Peter Rabbit Gift Set

Peter Rabbit Gift Set

Classics, Animals

Beatrix Potter

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 2614 votes, reviews
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Baby Faces, Diversity, Travel

Mem Fox

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 2538 votes, reviews
Eating the Alphabet

Eating the Alphabet

Alphabet, Food

Lois Ehlert

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 2321 votes, reviews
Hello, Bugs!

Hello, Bugs!

High Contrast

Smriti Prasadam

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1894 votes, reviews
Yummy Yucky

Yummy Yucky

Food

Leslie Patricelli

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 1708 votes, reviews
Touch and Feel: Farm

Touch and Feel: Farm

Animals, Real Photos, Newborn Touch

DK

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1467 votes, reviews
Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys

Finger Puppet

Cottage Door Press

average rating is 4.7 out of 5, based on 1429 votes, reviews
Jane Goodall (Big Dreams)

Jane Goodall (Big Dreams)

Environment, Strong Female Leads

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

average rating is 4.9 out of 5, based on 1275 votes, reviews
ABC Dance

ABC Dance

Alphabet

Sabrina Moyle

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 729 votes, reviews
My First Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

My First Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes

Studio Fun Intl

average rating is 4.6 out of 5, based on 623 votes, reviews

Bookshelf Builder is a book-only registry for baby showers, birthdays, father fests and holidays.  We've combed through our data to identify the best 57 baby books by looking what books are the most gifted and most requested, but also feature diversity, emotions, cover the classics and support early development.  This is a selection of baby books that goes beyond storytelling, emphasizing the magic of bonding, attachment, and early development.

The baby books in this list are great for newborns, babies, toddlers and children under about 4 years old.  Whether you're here to stock your own baby's bookshelf or looking for baby shower gift ideas, we've got you covered. 

The 57 Best Baby Books

How We Compiled This List

The early years of parenting are a precious time for fostering deep connections and nurturing your baby's budding development.  Introducing your little one to the world of baby books is a beautiful way to create lasting bonds and lay the foundation for their early learning.

To help parents and their support circle build a baby's library at home, we've compiled a list of the best baby books out there.  Together, these books cover a broad range of types, topics, formats, and authors.  They feature a diverse set of leads, showcase bravery and emotions, and are just plain fun too!

January 24, 2024

Nina Sodhi, Founder of Bookshelf Builder

Our List Forms a Well Rounded Baby Library

An essential element to consider when gathering baby books is to consider how the books compliment each other and form a well-rounded foundation for story time.  Our list considers all the factors below, and we feel it forms a strong foundation for early literacy, bonding and cherished memories.   

 

Here are some themes for you to consider as you build your baby's library:

  1. First words & concepts: Support language development and early cognitive skills.  Fantastic opportunity to introduce multiple languages.

  2. Emotions & feelings: Choose books that explore a range of emotions, helping your child understand and express their feelings from an early age.  Include anger, frustration, and sadness to build acceptance of harder feelings.

  3. Engage the parents: Babies can tell when parents are genuinely engaged, so include books about parents' hobbies, interests, jobs, culture, homeland, etc. 

  4. Timeless classics:  Include timeless classics like "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown or "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. These books have been beloved by generations and are sure to create lasting memories.

  5. Diversity in authors and characters: Be deliberate about including stories featuring characters from different backgrounds and cultures.  Also include books written by a diverse group of authors to expose your child to a variety of perspectives and experiences.

  6. Multi-sensory: Include books with textures and interactive elements to engage your baby's senses.  Books with strong rhyming patterns can enhance language skills and rhythm perception.

  7. Board books: Start with sturdy board books designed to withstand the curiosity and exploration of little hands. 

Use Bookshelf Builder's Book Registry to Help

Bookshelf Builder is a book registry for baby showers, father fests, children's birthdays and holidays.  When you sign up for a baby shower registry, we automatically pre-fill your registry with these 57 books.  You can remove books that you already have or aren't your jive, and then add more books to get the registry just right for you and your family. 

 

We even help with human-generated personalized recommendations to guide you through the process.  For our team, providing the recommendations is the favorite part of our job!

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Bookshelf Builder is a book registry for baby showers, father fests, children's birthdays and holidays.  

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