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Babies, babies, babies! Their sweet snuggles, kissable toes, contagious smiles, and innocent presence miraculously overpower their wonky sleep schedules and mournful cries to make them delightful additions! Whether you are getting ready for a new baby at your house, already have a baby you're reading too, or just love a sweet reminder of our first stages, these books about all kinds of babies (yes, animals too!) cover a variety of situations and will give you all the good feels—we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Top 10 Books About Babies

Hello in There! book
#1
Hello in There!
Written and illustrated by Jo Witek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is so perfect for anyone with a little one and expecting another, especially if your first is going to be a big sister. :) I loved that this book has the interactive flaps to open and see the baby growing inside mom's tummy, and it's a great way to help show little children what's happening during pregnancy and help them grasp that there's a baby in mommy's tummy. The illustrations in this book are also so darling. The text is all things big sister is saying to her little sibling, full of thoughts little ones may have when mom's pregnant.

Combines lighthearted illustrations and interactive flaps in a whimsical tale about a soon-to-be older sibling's happy anticipation of a new baby that compels her to sing loudly to her mother's tummy and describe everything that is waiting in the outside world.

Hatch book
#2
Hatch
Written and illustrated by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is a very cute lift-the-flap with a nice rhyme scheme! I love that it focuses on baby animals that are hatching, and you get a little clue in the text to help you guess what animal you will uncover next. Plus, the illustrations are cute and I like how colorful the book is.

Can you guess what each egg will hatch? Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.

Famously Phoebe book
#3
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The cutest book for new big siblings adjusting to their new baby sibling! This book is creative, fun, entertaining, and has an important lesson inside. The illustrations are really cute, too!

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place. For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#4
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

When the World Was Waiting for You book
#5
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Anna Currey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a great book about welcoming a new baby, talking about the before and after. The illustrations are amazingly sweet and pair perfectly with the rhyming text.

What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby's crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

The New Small Person book
#6
The New Small Person
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great story about an only child who finds himself no longer the only child around. It does a fantastic job of showing some of the struggles of adapting to life with a sibling. I really like that it takes you through a journey starting at a new baby, but also some of the frustrations of having a slightly older little sibling who sometimes gets into your stuff and wants to follow you around and wear your clothes. Lest you worry this is only about sibling frustration, fret now—it also brings the reader around to how nice it can be too. In fact, life might actually be a lot more fun with a little person around ;)

Feeling jealous when a new sibling arrives, little Elmore Green becomes frustrated when the "small person" knocks over his things and licks his jelly-bean collection until a special night when their relationship changes. By the award-winning author of the Charlie and Lola series.

Littles book
#7
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations are expressive and sweet, and the rhymes about all the ways tiny babies are cherished trip off the tongue in soothing rhythms. The families shown in this book are diverse in terms of ethnicity as well as parenting style, but one thing is constant—they all love their littles! The way that the story jumps on the final page from the baby celebrating its first birthday to heading off to school on a bus reminds of us how fast time really does fly and makes it a great fit for parents and children looking forward as well as backward.

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

Little Sleepyhead book
#8
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike and illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love that this bedtime book is sweet and rhyming while also teaching little ones the names of body parts (eyes, arms, tummy, ears...). The pictures are sweet and have lots of different babies in them, bringing in a great diversity factor.

A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever! Tired little eyes, ready now for bed, Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead. By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep. Shhh . . .

Little Miss, Big Sis book
#9
Little Miss, Big Sis
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is a beautiful take on the (mostly) sunny side of sibling love. I appreciated the positive, upbeat tone and message and how excited, loving and caring this big sis is right from the beginning. The short writing style (in rhyme) and spunky illustrations perfectly compliment each other to create one cohesive story that will give you all the feels.

The big news is this—Little Miss becomes a big sis! In the perfect follow-up to Plant a Kiss, Little Miss learns the wonders of becoming a big sister as she and her family celebrate the momentous arrival of a new baby. New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and award-winning illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have teamed up once again to create a charming story about Little Miss. Little Miss, Big Sis is the perfect gift for any child becoming a big brother or sister and any expecting families!

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends book
#10
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Grammy

In playful, colorful illustrations this book teaches the names for many different animal babies. You'll know some already, and some will be unexpectedly fun. There is a recap page at the end where you may quiz your little reader and try to spot the animal babies. This book has helped me with a crossword puzzle clue or two!

Here's a puppy, there's a kitten . . . a yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups, Chuckling Ducklings features baby animals of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite with kids as they learn the special baby names that match all the grown-up animals they know and love.

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Books About Babies and New Sibling

Hello in There! book
#1
Hello in There!
Written and illustrated by Jo Witek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is so perfect for anyone with a little one and expecting another, especially if your first is going to be a big sister. :) I loved that this book has the interactive flaps to open and see the baby growing inside mom's tummy, and it's a great way to help show little children what's happening during pregnancy and help them grasp that there's a baby in mommy's tummy. The illustrations in this book are also so darling. The text is all things big sister is saying to her little sibling, full of thoughts little ones may have when mom's pregnant.

Combines lighthearted illustrations and interactive flaps in a whimsical tale about a soon-to-be older sibling's happy anticipation of a new baby that compels her to sing loudly to her mother's tummy and describe everything that is waiting in the outside world.

Famously Phoebe book
#2
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The cutest book for new big siblings adjusting to their new baby sibling! This book is creative, fun, entertaining, and has an important lesson inside. The illustrations are really cute, too!

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place. For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

The New Small Person book
#3
The New Small Person
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great story about an only child who finds himself no longer the only child around. It does a fantastic job of showing some of the struggles of adapting to life with a sibling. I really like that it takes you through a journey starting at a new baby, but also some of the frustrations of having a slightly older little sibling who sometimes gets into your stuff and wants to follow you around and wear your clothes. Lest you worry this is only about sibling frustration, fret now—it also brings the reader around to how nice it can be too. In fact, life might actually be a lot more fun with a little person around ;)

Feeling jealous when a new sibling arrives, little Elmore Green becomes frustrated when the "small person" knocks over his things and licks his jelly-bean collection until a special night when their relationship changes. By the award-winning author of the Charlie and Lola series.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Little Miss, Big Sis - The Book Snob Mom - This book is a beautiful take on the (mostly) sunny side of sibling love. I appreciated the positive, upbeat tone and message and how excited, loving and caring this big sis is right from the beginning. The short writing style (in rhyme) and spunky illustrations perfectly compliment each other to create one cohesive story that will give you all the feels.

  2. Maple - Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open. When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

  3. Ninja Baby - From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

  4. Julius, the Baby of the World - Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.

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Books About Babies and Moms

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#1
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

On the Night You Were Born book
#2
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

Sweet and calming, this book is perfect for reading together while snuggling before bed. When we've finished, my toddler likes to hear the story of the day she was born (usually multiple times). While its narrative style isn't my favorite, it's great for creating an opportunity to express my love for my rambunctious three-year-old.

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

Someday book
#3
Someday
Written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A mother reflects on the all the milestones, from walking in a deep wood to holding someone else's hand, that her child will achieve during life.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Baby Penguins Everywhere! - Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins? One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all. Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

  2. Mama Loves You So - With lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their little ones right from the start! Start here. If only raising a child was that easy. It can be difficult in the first year to figure out what’s just right for your baby. But with this new line of books—New Books for Newborns— story time is really that simple. Designed as the first books to start reading with your baby, these just-right stories hit all the right notes with soothing texts, lovely art, and, most importantly, stories meant for sharing any time of the day. Start here. Snuggle up. It’s story time! This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

  3. These Words I Shaped for You - A loving, lyrical ode to the bond shared between mother and child in the tradition of You Are My I Love You and On the Night You Were Born. Before you were born, you fit into the round fullness of my belly and when I dreamt I sent words like love to keep you safe. And when I first touched your tiny hand to mine, I drew a heart inside your palm for you to hold. There is no love more beautiful, more pure, than the deep-rooted love shared between parent and child. Told with vivid, poetic language, and accompanied by Basak Agaoglu's adorable, child-friendly art, Megan Merchant infuses genuine warmth and compassion in this celebration of a mother's heartfelt affection for her child. Whether it's Mother's day, Valentine's Day, graduation, or just an ordinary day, this is the perfect book to share with the people in our lives we cherish most.

  4. Hand in Hand - Be my teacher from day one. Be my sky, my moon, my sun. The bond a parent and child share is special. In this sweetand heartfelt board book, renowned author-illustrator Rosemary Wells celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning: talking and walking, feeding and reading, playing and dreaming, and more. Spectacular art and a powerful message make this a perfect gift for Mother's Day and Father's Day!

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Books About Babies and Parents

Daddy Honk Honk! book
#1
Daddy Honk Honk!
Written and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An arctic fox adopts a baby goose in this heartwarming read-aloud perfect for dads and their little ones When Aput the fox finds an abandoned goose egg, he has no idea what’s in store for him. He doesn’t know anything about babies and he certainly doesn’t know what to do when the gosling hatches and mistakes him for its daddy. So he decides to find the gosling a home. But with each page turn, Aput learns more about caring for a baby and, with a little help from his friends, he discovers what a baby needs most is love.

Baby Love book
#2
Baby Love
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This cozy and cuddly picture book celebrates all the most wonderful things about babies and is perfect for reading aloud to little ones. Rosy cheeks. Button nose. Little fingers. Tiny toes. Sweet kiss. Warm hug. Yes, it must be baby love. Anyone who has ever delighted in a baby’s bright smile or darling toes will instantly connect to this adorable picture book with simple text and adorable illustrations. With just the right balance of sweetness and humor, this is a soothing ode to all the wonderful bits and pieces that make up a cuddly, snuggly baby.

Welcome Little One book
#3
Welcome Little One
Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Welcome Your Little One to the World! On the day you were born, it was love at first sight. We welcomed you, little one, and held you so tight. For parents, the arrival of a newborn child is an event that offers the promise of never-ending love. Filled with lively illustrations and heartfelt rhyming text, Welcome Little One allows parents and children to celebrate and cherish their bond

Honorable Mentions
  1. More Than Balloons - Grammy - This charming story of the boundless love of a parent for a child makes for ideal bedtime reading. The creative rhymes and consistent meter are remarkable, as are the many details for spying and identifying on each page. There is a great variety of animals rendered in a warm palette of colors participating in a wide range of experiences throughout the seasons of the year. Plenty to discuss, and even use as a springboard for your own adventures.

  2. Love - This delightful book explores the joys of unconditional love between a parent and child. Beautifully illustrated pages and a gentle story make this perfect for sharing and creating special memories together.

  3. You Are Loved - Perfect for baby showers, gender reveal parties, and first birthdays, this edition extends the sentiments in the bestseller On the Night You Were Born and tells children they are loved. With space and prompts for writing personal messages in the book, this volume is sure to be a special keepsake.

  4. Good Babies - Any parent who has ever been sleep-deprived will smile at this richly illustrated, lively original folktale that reassures us that all babies are good babies — and that patient love can foil even the worst-laid plans. A troll-baby living with humans? A human baby with trolls? What chaos and heartache that would lead to! Long ago, a dark-eyed witch, passing through a valley deep in the mountains of Norway, discovered two families — one human and one troll — each with a brand-new baby. The human baby slept all day and cried all night, driving his family crazy, no matter how much they rocked or sang or made funny faces. Likewise, the troll baby was a terror who slept all night and cried all day, which is when trolls like to take to their beds. Meanwhile, the witch, hoping to refresh her travel-weary bones with some wickedness, gleefully swapped troll-brat for human infant. But what is a wily witch to do when her bad intentions backfire?

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Books About Babies and Family

When the World Was Waiting for You book
#1
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Anna Currey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a great book about welcoming a new baby, talking about the before and after. The illustrations are amazingly sweet and pair perfectly with the rhyming text.

What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby's crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender book
#2
Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender
Written by Elvis Presley and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The king of rock-and-roll’s #1 hit song “Love Me Tender” is now an endearing picture book Adapted from the unforgettable classic song, Elvis Presley’s Love MeTender is a heartwarming ode to the special bond between children and the adults who love and care for them–be they parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, aunts, uncles, or guardians. With its simple, timeless message, Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender is destined to join Guess How Much I Love You as a baby shower staple. And the sweet, inclusive illustrations make it a book every family will treasure “all through the years, ’till the end of time.”

Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion book
#3
Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion
Written and illustrated by Candlewick Press
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

It’s time for Peppa’s family to get together, and Grandpa and Granny Pig are the first to arrive. Once Auntie Pig, Uncle Pig, Cousin Chloe, and Baby Alexander show up, the whole family is there. Peppa wants to teach the baby how to speak, but all he says is “goo-goo.” It’s a little loud with so many people under one roof, but what matters is celebrating one another — that’s what family is all about.

Honorable Mentions
  1. If I Could Keep You Little - IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE exemplifies Marianne's real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.If I could keep you little,I'd decide on matching clothes.But then I'd miss you choosingdots on top and stripes belowIf I could keep you littleI'd cut your bread in shapes.But then I'd miss you finding"Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!"

  2. Wrapped in Love - In this endearing board book, an iconic blanket is wrapped around newborns, providing them with warmth and security, just as their parents do. As soon as babies are born, they are swaddled in their very first blanket and placed in their parents' loving arms. This book demonstrates how the warmth and security of this blanket, as well as the love and care of family, follow babies home. With soothing, lulling text and heartwarming illustrations, this board book is perfect for anyone who’s welcoming a newborn into the family.

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Books About Babies and Interactive

Hatch book
#1
Hatch
Written and illustrated by Heather Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is a very cute lift-the-flap with a nice rhyme scheme! I love that it focuses on baby animals that are hatching, and you get a little clue in the text to help you guess what animal you will uncover next. Plus, the illustrations are cute and I like how colorful the book is.

Can you guess what each egg will hatch? Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.

Feeling Great! book
#2
Feeling Great!
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

Looking Good! book
#3
Looking Good!
Written and illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

Honorable Mentions
  1. On the Go! - Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

  2. Baby See, Baby Do - Baby smiles. Baby waves. It's your turn, now you do it, too! Whether silly or sleepy, playful or pouty, the expressive babies featured in this first board book of emotions are sure to enthrall curious youngsters. Bright, cheerful photographs highlight a range of emotions and movements that babies will love to imitate—and with an attached fold-out mirror to accompany every sturdy page, little ones will have no trouble practicing their own funny faces!

  3. I Am a Baby - "I am a baby, this is my crib, this is my high chair, this is my bib." Photos of happy babies and words that encourage make this an irresistible read-aloud for every child and family. From the author of the critically acclaimed A Kiss Means I Love You and Show Me Happy comes a delightful approach to visual learning.

  4. Baby's Big Busy Book - From beloved author-illustrator Karen Katz comes a brand-new busy book filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more! Follow along throughout the day as Baby wakes up, eats, and gets ready to play! This jumbo-sized busy book featuring Karen Katz’s bright and colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities that are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained. It’s a must-have for every Karen Katz collection!

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Books About Babies and Bedtime

Little Sleepyhead book
#1
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike and illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love that this bedtime book is sweet and rhyming while also teaching little ones the names of body parts (eyes, arms, tummy, ears...). The pictures are sweet and have lots of different babies in them, bringing in a great diversity factor.

A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever! Tired little eyes, ready now for bed, Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead. By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep. Shhh . . .

Baby Bedtime book
#2
Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.

Hush Little Baby book
#3
Hush Little Baby
Written and illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

In this variation on the classic lullaby, a mother soothes her child to sleep with the promise of such things as a quilt, a banjo tune, and the sights and sounds of nature.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Snug - Encourages positive reading habits and concentration from an early age.

  2. Salsa Lullaby - How to get baby to sleep? Mami and Papi will try anything in this bouncy, loving, bilingual lullaby that gently says good night in both Spanish and English. Mami starts a salsa song. Papi keeps the beat. Baby loves this lullaby, moves those dancing feet. Baila, baby, baila! Dance, dance, dance. When nighttime falls, it's time for baby to go to sleep. In this household, that means it's also time for mama, papa, and baby to baila/dance, canta/sing, salta/jump, and more all the way to bedtime! This bouncy bilingual text and gorgeous, inviting illustrations gently wind down to make this a bedtime favorite no matter what language families say "good night" in!

  3. Baby Sitter - The story of a young boy and his babysitter.

  4. Baby Animals Day and Night - Sleepy babies and wide-awake babies day and night. A companion to Pyllis Limbacher Tildes's Baby Animals Black and White and Baby Animals Spots and Stripes, Baby Animals Day and Night introduces diurnal and nocturnal animals in pretty black and white images, perfect for developing eyes. Sweet and simple, introducing the love of books to even the very youngest babies is fun and easy with this adorable board book.

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Books About Babies and Rhyming

Littles book
#1
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations are expressive and sweet, and the rhymes about all the ways tiny babies are cherished trip off the tongue in soothing rhythms. The families shown in this book are diverse in terms of ethnicity as well as parenting style, but one thing is constant—they all love their littles! The way that the story jumps on the final page from the baby celebrating its first birthday to heading off to school on a bus reminds of us how fast time really does fly and makes it a great fit for parents and children looking forward as well as backward.

In the beloved tradition of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever and Emily Winfield Martin's The Wonderful Things You Will Be comes a beautiful rhyming ode to babies from a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator duo--perfect for baby showers, first birthdays, and anytime babies are celebrated. In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio's heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a "little"--peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles--and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.

Baby Be Kind book
#2
Baby Be Kind
Written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Easy-to-read, rhyming text provides examples of how to show kindness that even a baby will want to try.

Little Poems for Tiny Ears book
#3
Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Written by Lin Oliver and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The dynamic, best-selling team of Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola have created a charming collection of baby poems that makes the perfect gift for baby showers and first birthdays. For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sound of poetry, and beloved illustrator Tomie dePaola’s engaging children are the perfect match for Lin Oliver’s lighthearted poems. Together they’ve created a book to be treasured that captures the magic and fun of being new in the world.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Toesy Toes - A board book that explores the different sensations babies can experience with their toes. Toes have long had their place in songs, where they head off to market and enjoy roast beef, but they have been overlooked and underrepresented in children’s books. That’s all about to change with this rhyming board book featuring piggledy-wiggledy digits in all their sweet glory. Toesy Toes head to the beach, jump around, take a bath and delight in being one of a baby’s most adorable parts. Sarah Tsiang’s clever couplets will have little ones reaching for this book come story time, perhaps even with their toes.

  2. I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! - Our wonderful bodies—aren’t they amazing? Come celebrate all the things that make us who we are—from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, to our tummies, our freckles, our dimples, our skin, and everything in between! With silly, rhyming text and bold, simple illustrations, this fun and frank approach to exploring body parts provides factual information that is just right for the young reader.

  3. Baby's Firsts - Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to his first birthday.

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Books About Babies and Siblings

A New Chick for Chickies book
#1
A New Chick for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

For Chickies life was good. Life was perfect until . . . CRAAACK . . . the Chickies have a new brother! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, Janee Trasler's books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Big sisters- and brothers-to-be will be excited to take a cue from the lovable Chickies and cheep for joy when a new baby arrives!

Wolfie the Bunny book
#2
Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

A Welcome Song for Baby book
#3
A Welcome Song for Baby
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Mummy's tummy is growing round -- the new baby's coming. What will I do, I wonder, to welcome the new baby? As the seasons pass, Emma makes her own song from the sounds she hears, all to share with her new little brother when he finally arrives. This sweet, lyrical story is a celebration of sounds and seasons, nature and family. A beautiful, reassuring book, perfect for any child preparing for a new little sister or brother.

Honorable Mentions
  1. How to Grow a Dinosaur - Good news- Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news- Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He's too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn't even know he's a dinosaur! That's where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything--from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. With silly kid-humor and sincere, moving moments, this new-sibling book is a perfect combination of funny, reassuring, and truly useful. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little brother or sister through life, and uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in how to be a great sibling and role-model to littler ones. Great for family reading and reading aloud.

  2. Lucille Gets Jealous - With her grandmother's help, Lucille learns to control her jealousy toward her sister Margaret.

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Books About Babies and Diversity

Global Baby Bedtimes book
#1
Global Baby Bedtimes
Written and illustrated by Maya Ajmera
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In pictures and simple text, babies in different countries and cultures go through the same rituals at bedtime.

Blankies book
#2
Blankies
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Every baby's blankie or cuddly is different, but they are all just as special! Find out what makes them unique, and why babies love them. With a high emotional content reflecting a child's own life and experiences, this is perfect for sharing during a special quiet time.

Global Babies book
#3
Global Babies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Presents photographs of babies from all over the world in their native costume and describes how all babies are special. On board pages.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Global Baby Girls - Pictures and text celebrate girls from around the world.

  2. Look at Baby's House! - Look! The sun is rising at baby?s house. In this delightful follow-up to Look, Look! and Look at the Animals!, a baby?s day unfolds. Bold, blackand- white illustrations and a warm, simple text are perfect for sharing with little ones just beginning to look and learn. An ideal shower gift!

  3. Global Baby Boys - A book featuring photographs of boys from all around the world celebrates global diversity.

  4. American Babies - Presents pictures of babies from across the country in a celebration of the American spirit. On board pages.

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Books About Babies and Music

Mockingbird Song book
#1
Mockingbird Song
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute, new take on the classic song "Hush Little Baby," this doesn't have all of the words you're expecting, but it does have the same calming, soothing rhythm and sentiments. The illustrations are sweet as well.

In an updated version of the old lullaby, a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

If You're Happy and You Know It  book
#2
If You're Happy and You Know It
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The words to a familiar nursery song encourage babies and their parents to have fun together. On board pages.

The Wheels on the Bus book
#3
The Wheels on the Bus
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Leo Loves Baby Time - On Wednesdays, Leo and his mom go to Baby Time. There he plays peek-a-boo; sings the rolly song, the happy song, and the name song; plays with animals; and meets new friends. The Baby Time activities featured in Leo Loves Baby Time will be familiar to children and parents and are presented in bright, vibrant colors that will draw the attention of the youngest readers.

  2. Wiggle and Move - Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

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Epilogue

10 books that are just too good to leave off of our babies list.

  1. Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends - Grammy - In playful, colorful illustrations this book teaches the names for many different animal babies. You'll know some already, and some will be unexpectedly fun. There is a recap page at the end where you may quiz your little reader and try to spot the animal babies. This book has helped me with a crossword puzzle clue or two!

  2. Baby Born - B is for Bookworm - I love the illustrations in this book--so colorful, intricate, and a fun style. The rhyming story is also wonderful and so sweet, perfect for any new babies, and maybe most fun for a one year old, though I think older kiddos will also enjoy it. This book talks about the first year of life, mentioning milestones, seasons, and events along the way.

  3. Foodie Babies Wear Bibs - Grammy - This is a darling book about the realities of feeding and eating with babies, from preparation to sharing, with an especially tasty ending!

  4. Mustache Baby - When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.” Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.

  1. A Book of Babies - The Book Snob Mom - I love Il Sung Na's illustration style—the animals are whimsical, covered in unique patterns. The text is soothing and the message is sweet!

  2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes - From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there’s a lot for baby to discover – and even more for a family to love. Bright, buoyant art and a roly-poly little baby are sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby – and every parent who loves that baby to bits – here’s the perfect first book.

  3. Baby Tree - The Book Snob Mom - This book answers the age-old question "Where do babies come from?" in a way that is anatomically correct without being too explicit, after going through several iterations of other answers a child might be given such as from a baby tree, from an egg, from a hospital and from the stork. I'd recommend parents browse through this book before reading it with their kiddos to make sure this is how you'd like to present the information.

  4. The Boss Baby - Grammy - This book is a fun and creative look at just how completely a baby is in charge. It may hit a little close to home for some. The spare and honest text delivers the main story, but the illustrations interpret the text and deliver on the humor, big time.

  1. Everywhere Babies - Describes babies and the things they do from the time they are born until their first birthday. On board pages.

  2. Snuggle the Baby - This interactive novelty book invites the reader to take care of a new baby, from feeding and diaper-changing to swaddling and shushing.

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