An Award-Winning Book Club for Kids
Shop Now

Babies: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about babies?

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!

Share this list

Top 10 Books About Babies

#1
Add to list
Hello in There!
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$12.99
Used $1.99
Prices as of Jan 23
#2
Add to list
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
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!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.18
Used $1.15
Prices as of Jan 23
#3
Add to list
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
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!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$16.95
Used $3.55
Prices as of Jan 23
#4
Add to list
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Jan 23
#5
Add to list
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by A.G. Ford
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
#6
Add to list
The New Small Person
Written & illustrated by Lauren Child
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 ;)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
#7
Add to list
Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
#8
Add to list
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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 . . .

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $6.99
Prices as of Jan 23
#9
Add to list
Little Miss, Big Sis
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.85
Used $1.36
Prices as of Jan 23
#10
Add to list
Someday
Written by Alison McGhee & 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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$8.98
Used $1.75
Prices as of Jan 23
Table of Contents
Scroll to books about Babies and...

Books About Babies and Moms

Add to list
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr & illustrated by Teagan White
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!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.18
Used $1.15
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Someday
Written by Alison McGhee & 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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$8.98
Used $1.75
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
On the Night You Were Born
Written & illustrated by Nancy Tillman
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$5.00
Used $0.25
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Everything Is Mama - Everything is . . . MAMA! Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s Tonight Show host, was on a mission with his first children’s book to have every baby’s first word be DADA. And it worked! A lot of babies’ first words were DADA. However, everything after that was MAMA. So take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby’s point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.

  4. What Mommies Like - Following in the footsteps of What Daddies Like, now young readers can find out what mommies like best in this story about a mommy bear and her cub’s special day together. Mommies like big hugs. Mommies like kisses. Mommies like “Good morning to you!” Mommy Bear and her little cub spend the day together doing all kinds of things that mommies like! They ride their bikes to the library, have a hullabaloo, play kazoo, and much more. But after a fun-filled day, there’s one thing that mommies like best . . . saying “I love you!” This is the perfect companion title to What Daddies Like.

Want to see books about moms?

Books About Babies and Brothers

Add to list
The New Small Person
Written & illustrated by Lauren Child
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 ;)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
A New Chick for Chickies
Written & 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!

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Ninja Baby
Written by David Zeltser & illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Big Brothers Are the Best - Follows a young boy as he helps to care for the new baby in his family.

  2. Edgar's Second Word - Hazel is dying for her baby brother to arrive so she can read and talk with him, and disappointed when he finally talks and his first word is a resounding NO. Will he ever say anything else?

  3. I Am a Big Brother - Share the joys of becoming a big brother!<br></br><br></br>With the arrival of a new baby comes many transitions, and big brothers may need a little extra tender loving care to adjust to a new family situation. This sweet story with adorable toddler illustrations by Caroline Jayne Church is just right to share with and prepare an older brother getting ready for an expanding family. <br></br>

  4. I'm a Big Brother - “Someone new is at our house,” begins this loving, reassuring celebration of brotherhood from trusted author Joanna Cole.

Want to see books about brothers?

Books About Babies and New Parents

Add to list
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Daddy Honk Honk!
Written & 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.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $3.18
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Welcome Little One
Written & 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

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$5.00
Used $0.94
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Take Heart, My Child - Grammy -

    This beautiful book is a love song from a mother to a child. With its lyrical, rhyming text to its richly-imagined and drawn illustrations, there is much to appreciate and enjoy in this story. In equal parts, it is the composite of a mother's dreams for her child and her encouragement for that child to follow his dreams, wherever they may lead with the assurance that mother will always be there to love, support and encourage.

  2. You Were the First - You will always be the first… A touching tribute to baby’s early milestones – those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here’s a loving ode to every child’s – and parent’s – momentous “firsts.”

  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. King Baby -

Books About Babies and Sisters

Add to list
Hello in There!
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$12.99
Used $1.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Little Miss, Big Sis
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.85
Used $1.36
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Use Your Words, Sophie
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Preferring to speak in nonsense languages to tell her parents how she feels, little Sophie is challenged to use her words but prefers to communicate with a baby sister who understands her better. By the award-winning creator of the Max & Ruby series.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Best-ever Big Sister - Older sisters describe what they can do compared to their baby sisters.

  2. I'm a Big Sister - With an author's note about what big siblings need--extra guidance, reassurance, love--and sweet, engaging artwork, it's no wonder that nearly 4 million families have chosen I'm a Big Sister and its companion book, I'm a Big Brother, to prepare their young ones for their first big transition.

  3. Baby Island -

  4. You're Getting a Baby Sister! - A baby sister is on the way! Older siblings will love this board book primer on how to receive their new addition.

Want to see books about sisters?

Books About Babies and Parenting

Add to list
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by A.G. Ford
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler & illustrated by Hiroe Nakata and Victoria Adler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $6.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Babymoon
Written by Hayley Barrett & illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family’s first quiet days with a newborn. The house is hushed. The lights are low. We’re basking in a newborn glow. Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$13.53
Used $4.12
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Wolfie the Bunny - 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?

  2. 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!”

  3. Baby Bedtime - 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.

  4. Potty Superhero - Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

Want to see books about parenting?

Books About Babies and Baby Animals

Add to list
Hatch
Written & illustrated by Heather Brown
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Add to list
A Book of Babies
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
Thoughts from 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!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born . . . including the noisy ducklings!

From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit comes a beautiful book of baby animals. Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life.

The Boston Globe calls Il Sung Na’s art “so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.”

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$5.69
Used $1.00
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble
Written & illustrated by Tatyana Feeney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It’s just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles!

Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can’t jump. They can’t play drums. They can’t do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog.

But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Babies Can Sleep Anywhere - What better way to encourage a little one to sleep than with a soothing rhyme and image after image of sleeping animals! This gentle picture book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals—from puppies to whales—and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere!

  2. Babies and Doggies Book - When you stop and think about it, babies and doggies do many of the same things. They squirm, sniff, sit, and splash. They play ball and cuddle. Lots of things babies do, doggies do too! This board book explores all of the similar actions shared by baby and baby’s best friend. Illustrated with beautiful, full-color photographs featuring an array of dog breeds and a diverse cast of babies, The Babies and Doggies Book is a visual feast for infants, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for baby- and dog-lovers. Look for the companion book: The Babies and Kitties Book

  3. Next to You: A Book of Adorableness - When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, cute, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

  4. Love You Head to Toe - Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, <i>Love You Head to Toe</i> is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks. <p/> Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby’s day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.

Books About Babies and Health And Daily Living

Add to list
Baby Tree
Written & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Thoughts from 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.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Cleverly revealing the basics of reproduction in an age-appropriate way, award-winning Sophie Blackall has created a beautiful picture book full of playful details to amuse and engage readers.

Sooner or later, every child will ask, Where do babies come from? Answering this question has never been this easy or entertaining! Join a curious little boy who asks everyone from his babysitter to the mailman, getting all sorts of funny answers along the way, before his parents gently set him straight.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Add to list
Everywhere Babies
Written by Susan Meyers & illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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

Buy book
$6.95
Bookshop
$5.91
Amazon
$6.95
Used $6.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Busy Babies
Written & illustrated by Amy Schwartz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An exuberant celebration of busy babies on the move! Busy babies have so much to do, from blowing bubbles to making trouble, whether they are in buggies or in snugglies! Join a rambunctious group of little ones as they go about the day, doing all of the wonderful things babies do. This adorable picture book features bouncy, rhyming text that makes it the perfect read-aloud to share with the busy baby in your life.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$10.79
Used $3.03
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. The Baby Tree - After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.

  2. 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.

  3. Indestructibles: Bebé, Vamos a Comer! / Baby, Let's Eat!: Chew Proof - Rip Proof - Nontoxic - 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to C - Books babies can really sink their gums into! Now in bilingual English and Spanish!

  4. Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born - Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here.

Books About Babies and Bedtime And Dreams

Add to list
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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 . . .

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $6.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
A Recipe for Bedtime
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by Sarah Massini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A few simple ingredients are all you need for the perfect bedtime.

Take one cute-enough-to-eat baby, add a spoonful of kisses, mix with plenty of cuddles, and finish with a sweet lullaby.

This recipe for a bedtime routine unfolds in the form of an adorable set of step-by-step instructions. By the end, little ones will be all tucked in and drifting off to sleep. Soothing, lyrical text and warmly rendered artwork make this book sweeter than pie!

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $1.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Merbaby's Lullaby
Written by Jane Yolen & illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen comes a lilting lullaby from the bottom of the sea. Hush, foam rocker, sleep, wave breaker. Close your eyes and dream, tide breaker. A hush-filled bedtime rhyme for parents to share with their newborns, Merbaby’s Lullaby is an underwater cradlesong written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Join a mermaid as she helps her merbaby to sleep, rocking with the gentle waves, singing with the whispering whales, and settling in with sea stars lighting the way to sweet dreams.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Princess Baby, Night-Night - A latest entry in the series that includes Princess Baby on the Go features an exuberant little Princess Baby who does not feel sleepy at bedtime but who puts on her pajamas, puts away her toys, brushes her teeth and selects a perfect storybook before settling under the covers.

  2. Moon Babies - Just right for fans of Dream Animals, this gorgeously illustrated story-in-verse about baby moons growing up in a celestial nursery is ideal bedtime reading and a perfect new baby gift. In the starry dark of night, / a secret moon world comes to light. / Make a wish and you just might / visit baby moons tonight. Follow the moon babies on their busy day from waking up in their crescent cradles, to breakfast on the Milky Way, to bundling up for moonwalks, to orbiting the earth in a lunar carousel, and more! And at day’s end, watch as the babies finish bathtime with stardust powder, snuggle up with nursery rhymes and lullabies, and finally drift off to sleep. Karen Jameson’s charming verse is a joy to read aloud, and Amy Hevron’s enchanting illustrations are simply irresistible, making this the perfect read-aloud to send little ones off to dreamland.

  3. Kissed by the Moon - May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong. Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From Australia’s favorite picture-book creator, Alison Lester, comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.

  4. Indestructibles: Baby Night-Night - It’s the little series that could: Indestructibles are innovative books built for the way babies read. Printed on a unique, nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies throw at them, Indestructibles are rip proof, chew proof, drool proof and gum proof. They’re 100% baby safe—and they’re washable. When a book gets dirty, just throw it in the dishwasher or washing machine, and voilà, the book is back and ready for more. Featuring the second set of titles by Kate Merritt, whose distinctive and colorful collage illustrations are as adorable to parents as they are to babies, here is a new Indestructibles that is a joy to read aloud. Baby Night-Night makes the bedtime ritual—putting on pajamas, reading a story, and the good-night kiss—a special time for parents and children. Simple, engaging text encourages language development, and each spread is filled with sweet details.

Books About Babies and New Experiences

Add to list
Julius, the Baby of the World
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
It's a Moose!
Written by Meg Rosoff & illustrated by David Ercolini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From award-winning author Meg Rosoff comes this clever, laugh-out-loud picture book about a family’s surprising newest member–a moose!

When he first arrives, everyone is expecting the usual kind of baby. But right away, his family notices there’s something different about this one. Instead of two feet, he has four hooves. Instead of drinking milk, he eats twigs and weeds. Instead of a tiny human, they bring home a moose baby! With his long legs, silky ears, and sturdy antlers, the moose baby is admired everywhere he goes. Everyone wishes they had a moose baby too. But what will happen when he starts to outgrow their little home?

Here’s a delightfully quirky and completely irresistible new sibling picture book about the true meaning of family and the power of love to transcend any difference.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.75
Used $12.66
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Mo Willems’ introductory guide for new arrivals welcomes readers to the world using bold, eye-catching graphics and clever text that is perfect for reading aloud. With a fun and heartwarming message, Welcome playfully interacts with the reader with its meta-humor, while addressing such topics such as injustice, cats, friendship, and family. This one-of-a-kind guide to the world is a must-have for infants and new parents alike.

Buy book
$15.99
Bookshop
$13.59
Amazon
$12.69
Used $1.35
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Little Bear's Little Boat - Little Bear loves his little boat. But Little Bear soon begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesn’t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bear’s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.

  2. We Are Brothers, We Are Friends - Being a big brother is a BIG job. There’s lots to show your little brother . . . Trains . . . Planes . . . How to be a dinosaur. There are games to play and adventures to be had. And if trouble comes, it’s big brother to the rescue because there’s no better friend than a brother.

  3. Big Book of the Berenstain Bears - THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' First Time Books(R) are all about new experiences children encounter in their early years. With good-natured wisdom, love, and gentle humor, these books ease the way for kids - and their parents - through these first times. Collected in this treasury are: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berestain Bears in the Dark, The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter, and The Berenstain Bears' New Baby.

  4. Completely Clementine - This<i> New York Times </i>bestselling chapter book series has been keeping readers engaged and laughing for more than a decade with over one million copies sold!</b><br>Summer is coming, and Clementine is not ready. She is not ready to start speaking to her father again, because she’s still mad at him for eating meat. Instead, she gives him drawings of animals she knows would not want to be somebody’s dinner. <p/>Then there is the new baby on the way. Clementine’s mom sure doesn’t seem ready. She’s suddenly crazy about cleaning (Dad says she is <i>nesting</i>), but she doesn’t even have a name picked out yet. Clementine just hopes the baby won’t be a dud. <p/>What Clementine <i>really</i> isn’t ready for is saying good-bye to her third grade teacher. She knows Mr. D’Matz is going to tell her all kinds of things that aren’t true. Everything else may be changing around her, but that doesn’t mean that Clementine has. <p/>But which is worse, saying good-bye, or <i>not</i> saying good-bye? <br>

Books About Babies and Science And Nature

Add to list
Maple
Written & illustrated by Lori Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Written & illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Where are Baby’s hands? Under the bubbles! Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat! Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.00
Used $0.25
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Baby Oceanographer
Written by Dr. Laura Gehl & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Oceanographer explores the oceans. With his snorkel and mask, he looks at the animals and plants under the sea. What creatures are found deep down? Are waves in the ocean like waves in the bathtub? Find out with Baby Oceanographer! Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Astronaut!

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Baby Astronaut - Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Astronaut explores the stars and planets in space. She wears her space suit and helmet and rides in a space craft. Can ants live in space? Can plants grow in space? Find out with Baby Astronaut! Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Oceanographer!

  2. Baby Paleontologist - Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Paleontologist digs for fossils. With his pickax and brush, he discovers plants and animals that lived long, long ago. What stories do fossils tell? What did dinosaurs look like? Find out with Baby Paleontologist! Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Oceanographer, Baby Astronaut, and Baby Botanist!

  3. Eyes, Nose, Toes Peekaboo!: Touch-And-Feel and Lift-The-Flap - The perfect book for infants who love playing peekaboo. Little ones will learn how to point to their eyes, nose, and toes for endless fun! Your child will be filled with delight as they pull back the flaps to reveal exciting surprises. <p/> -Durable flaps are perfect for little hands to flip.<br> -Simple text encourages interaction between parent and child.<br> -Develops imagination, thinking and memory skills.<br> -Perfect for infants 0-18 months.

Books About Babies and Friendship

Add to list
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
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!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$16.95
Used $3.55
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
The Other Dog
Written by Madeleine L’Engle & illustrated by Christine Davenier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Reissued in hardcover to coincide with the movie release of A Wrinkle in Time, here is a true tale of dog-meets-baby from Newbery Medal–winning author Madeleine L’Engle! Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s own poodle’s experience coping with a new baby in the house, this sprightly picture book presents a familiar domestic drama with an utterly charming new twist. Tongue-in-cheek wit, endearing illustrations, and a revealing author’s note make this a publishing event to celebrate!

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$11.99
Used $4.00
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Baby Builders
Written by Elissa Haden Guest & illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Caution: Babies at Work! These babies are busy building a wonderful playhouse in this bustling picture book for fans of Mighty, Mighty Construction Site.

Wearing their hard hats, safety goggles, and work boots, a team of toddlers are busy building away. Using excavators, shovels, and bulldozers, they are hard at work making their perfect playhouse blueprint come to life. Jaunty rhyme perfectly complements the playful and bouncing illustrations in this kid pleaser.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.62
Used $9.90
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Baby Day - It’s a busy day for baby in this darling, cheeky, charming picture book celebrating the joy and chaos of a baby-filled day! Today is baby’s birthday. Happy baby! Here come baby’s friends. Hello! Shy baby. Friendly baby. Sunny baby. Hat on, baby! Strong baby. Smiley baby. Lazy baby. Wake up, baby! Who else will we meet? Now everyone together…Smile, babies!

  2. Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand - The Baby-Sitter’s Club meets Goosebumps as a diverse group of friends encounter supernatural problems on their babysitting gigs in this spooky new middle-grade series.

Want to see books about friendship?

Books About Babies and New Sibling

Add to list
The Boss Baby
Written & illustrated by Marla Frazee
Thoughts from 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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From the moment he arrives, it is obvious that the new baby is boss and he gets whatever he wants, from drinks made-to-order around the clock to his executive gym.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$4.99
Used $1.35
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Lola Reads to Leo
Written by Anna McQuinn & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Lola reads story books to her new baby brother Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.

Buy book
$15.95
Bookshop
$13.56
Amazon
$12.95
Used $0.93
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Once Upon a Baby Brother
Written by Sarah Sullivan & illustrated by Tricia Tusa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When he goes away on a trip, Lizzie, who loves to tell and write stories, is surprised to discover that much of her storytelling inspiration comes from her messy baby brother Marvin.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah - There’s a little newcomer at Benny’s house, and everyone who visits sayshow beautiful she is. Only Benny seems to notice that she cries too much and she takes away from his time with Mom and Dad. What’s the big fuss about? Then one night Baby Delilah really won’t stop crying, and her big brother Benny comes up with a silly, perfect way to make her smile.

  2. The New Baby - The new baby takes some getting used to, but she’s worth it.

  3. Peter's Chair - The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry.

  4. The New Baby at Your House - It’s natural for children to be concerned about the arrival of a new baby at their house. Most big brothers and sisters feel loving and tender one minute, angry or jealous the next. With over forty vivid full-color photographs and a clear, supportive text by award-winning author Joanna Cole, this revised edition of a much-loved classic will prepare children for the ups and downs of having a new baby in the house. “Should help small children sort out and deal with the turbulent mixed feelings that assail them when a new baby comes home.” –Benjamin Spock, MD., author of Baby and Child Care

Books About Babies and Feelings And Emotions

Add to list
More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier & illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
Thoughts from 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.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don’t compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller’s whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.

Buy book
$9.95
Bookshop
$8.46
Amazon
$9.95
Used $9.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Feeling Great!
Written & 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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Hand in Hand
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Be my teacher from day one. Be my sky, my moon, my sun.

The bond a parent and child share is special. In this sweet and heartfelt picture 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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$8.64
Used $1.26
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Snug - Encourages positive reading habits and concentration from an early age.

  2. Te amo, bebé / Love You, Baby (Spanish and English Edition) - Now selling a million copies a year, INDESTRUCTIBLES is the runaway little series that could! Printed on a special nontoxic, 100% washable, paperlike, recyclable material that is rip proof, chew proof, and drool proof, they are books designed for the way babies read—with their mouths! With text in English and Spanish, Te amo, bebé (Love You, Baby) is an excellent fit for bilingual and English speaking families alike. INDESTRUCTIBLES’ text is simple and engaging, and the bold, bright illustrations hold baby’s attention. Priced at just $5.95, these books are such a great value, parents will want to collect them all.

  3. Indestructibles - I Love You, Baby - Hug, kiss, snuggle, nuzzle, bounce, rock: There are so many ways to show your love to baby! Share the love on each spread with simple text prompts and adorable illustrations of baby animals and their families, from cats to bears to otters. Indestructibles are printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it-gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor. And if they get dirty, just rinse them off. With more than two million copies in print and growing annual sales (more than 450,000 copies shipped in 2016 alone!), Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read.

  4. Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses - After receiving wonderful hugs and kisses from his parents and grandparents, Baby tries to hug and kiss the family pets.

Books About Babies and Family Life

Add to list
Baby's First Bank Heist
Written by Jim Whalley & illustrated by Stephen Collins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town . . . Baby Frank! Baby Frank is dangerously cute, and he’s about to pull off the most daring baby bank heist ever. Why? His parents say that he can’t have a pet—“pets are for older kids,” “be happy with your teddy,” and “they cost too much to keep,” they say. What’s a baby to do . . . ? Rob a bank, of course! You have been warned . . . With eye-catching illustrations from Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins, this laugh-out-loud rhyming text is Boss Baby meets Mission Impossible.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Robobaby
Written & illustrated by David Wiesner
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Robots are much more than machines in the emotionally resonant world of Robobaby, where the arrival of a new baby in a robot family is a festive occasion. Iconic picture book creator David Wiesner captures the excitement as Lugnut (father), Diode (mother), and big sister Cathode (Cathy) welcome the newcomer. Cathy, with her handy toolbox and advanced knowledge of robotics and IT, is ignored while the adults bungle the process of assembling baby Flange, with near catastrophic results. As the frantic, distracted adults rush about aimlessly, Cathy, unobserved, calmly clears up the technical difficulties and bonds with her new baby brother. Robobaby is a shout‑out for girl scientists and makers, and a treat for all young robot enthusiasts.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.33
Used $5.96
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Cuddle Monkey
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Chad Otis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little monkey looks for the perfect cuddle while his parents are busy with his new baby brother in this insanely adorable picture book about learning to be an older sibling.

Lewis loves to cuddle. But ever since his baby brother Owen was born, cuddle time with his mom and dad has been in short supply. Lewis, however, remains undaunted! He wants his cuddles! So:

He cuddles his favorite book. He cuddles his stuffed animals, Hedwig, Lamby, and Monster Dude. He even cuddles a puddle, just because it rhymes!

But cuddling the bus driver turns out to be a little dangerous. Cuddling at dinner is too messy. And cuddling Owen is wiggly and squiggly. Then Lewis finds that a cuddle doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be just the cuddle you need.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.89
Used $5.21
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Big Sisters Are the Best - The story follows a young girl as she helps to care for the new baby in her family.

  2. I Used to Be Famous - Kiely’s been famous her entire life, but when a baby sister appears on the scene, she feels like a has-been. Now Kiely has to figure out how to gain back the attention of her adoring fans (her family), even if it means sharing the spotlight.

  3. First Laugh—Welcome, Baby - In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child’s First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story? The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone—from Baby’s nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)—tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members.

  4. Elizabeti's Doll - When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti decides she needs a doll that she can care for the way her mother cares for the new baby. After looking around the village, Elizabeti finds the perfect doll to love. She names her Eva. When Mama changes the new babyÂs diaper, Elizabeti changes EvaÂs. When Mama sings to the baby, Elizabeti sings to Eva. And one day when Eva turns up lost, Elizabeti realizes just how much she loves her special doll. For children adjusting to a new sibling, this story is perfect. “This book is a splendid celebration of life and the power of a childÂs imagination.” Â School Library Journal Starred Review “A little slice of perfection.” Â Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Books About Babies and Imagination And Play

Add to list
Goodnight Bear
Written & illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get baby ready to go to sleep and say goodnight to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Goodnight, moon, shining bright, sleepy babies kiss night-night! It’s time for baby to go to sleep! Little ones will love saying goodnight to all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a fox (Yap Yap), an owl (Whoo-Whoo), a bat (Flap Flap), a mouse (Squeak Squeak), a kitten (Meow Meow), a bear (Grrr Grr), a hedgehog (Snuffle Snuffle), a wolf (Wooh Wooh), and finally, a baby (Shh Shh)!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $1.98
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Band of Babies
Written by Carole Gerber & illustrated by Jane Dyer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Named one of Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2017: Baby to Age 2

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Busy Baby: Trucks
Written & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

In Trucks, Busy Baby can race in a fire truck, use a cement mixer, and collect recycling. Whatever Busy Baby does, the most important thing is to make some new friends along the way. Both books will keep the very youngest readers busy reading, playing, and learning.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Hello Lamb - Get baby ready to wake up and say hello to all the different animals in this adorable board book! Hello, Sun. Hello, Day. Wake up, babies, Time to play! It’s time for baby to wake up! Little ones will love greeting all the baby animals with their animal sounds in this adorable board book, including a chick (Cheep Cheep), a piglet (Oink Oink), a puppy (Woof Woof), a frog (Croak Croak), a calf (Moo Moo), a bunny (Twitch Twitch), a lamb (Baa Baa), a bee (Buzz Buzz), and finally, a baby (Goo Goo)!

  2. My Blue Bunny, Bubbit - A little girl who loves her blue wool bunny makes a special toy friend for her new baby brother.

  3. Little Baby's Busy Day: A Finger Wiggle Book - Poke your fingers through the holes on each spread to make wiggly legs for energetic babies as they go about their busy day. Whether waking up or eating breakfast, playing in the bath or getting ready for a nighttime cuddle, the babies in this interactive board book never stop moving. Bright, high-contrast illustrations with cut-out holes invite readers to entertain their own little ones by simulating the nonstop motion of a baby’s fun-filled day.

  4. 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!

Books About Babies and Diversity

Add to list
Salsa Lullaby
Written by Jen Arena & illustrated by Erika Meza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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!

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.69
Used $8.54
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Up, Up, Up, Down!
Written & illustrated by Kimberly Gee
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Follow an energetic toddler’s day that’s full of opposites—ups and downs, nos and yesses, yums and yucks, and more.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$13.99
Used $6.43
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
The Little Red Stroller
Written by Joshua Furst & illustrated by Katy Wu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Luna outgrows her stroller just as Ernie needs one, and when he outgrows it he passes it along to Gigi, and soon many different families have received and shared the gift.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Une Place Pour Edouard - When Edouard was born everyone was happy. But soon he started to cry, and nobody was happy anymore. Camille, the big sister, doesn’t understand what is happening, and her parents don’t have time to explain to her why Edouard is different…

  2. Blankies - 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.

Want to see books about diversity?

Books About Babies and The Body

Add to list
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A global celebration of adorable baby fingers and baby toes, as well as the babies they belong to, is now available in a lap board book edition.

Buy book
$12.99
Bookshop
$11.04
Amazon
$11.99
Used $1.60
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Looking Good!
Written & 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.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
This Is Baby
Written by Jimmy Fallon & illustrated by Miguel Ordónez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything Is Mama, returns with a book that teaches new babies the words for the various parts of their body–This is Baby.

Let’s meet…

Baby!

From Baby’s HEAD to Baby’s TOES, there are so many parts of Baby you should know. But what’s the most important part of Baby?

Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world gives you the facts.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$8.49
Used $1.40
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Toot - A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns. Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy — even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function is perfectly suited to the youngest of listeners, while their giggling older siblings will be happy to read it aloud.

  2. Tickle - A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns. Watch out! Here comes Tickle Monster! Good thing this baby is NOT ticklish. Well, maybe just the feet . . . hee hee! And the tummy . . . pbbbb! And, oh no — not the armpits . . . har, har! Eee-hee! A spirited tickle fest winds up as a sweet family cuddle in a story sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

  3. Little Baby's Playtime: A Finger Wiggle Book - Poke your fingers through the holes on each spread to make wiggly legs for energetic babies as they go about their busy day. Whether riding in a sling or being pushed in a swing, going for a ride or digging at the beach, the babies in this interactive board book never stop moving. Bright, high-contrast illustrations with cut-out holes invite readers to entertain their own little ones by simulating the nonstop motion of a baby’s fun-filled day.

  4. Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions - Look at the

Books About Babies and Girls And Women

Add to list
Mummy, What's in Your Tummy?
Written & illustrated by Bernardita Romero
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

What’s that growing in Mummy’s tummy? Could it be a rabbit or a crocodile? With lyrical text, gentle humor, and a sweet representation of the mother-child relationship, this imaginative story is the perfect way to help older siblings prepare for a new baby’s arrival with joy and excitement. Colorful mixed-media illustrations make this an attractive gift book for growing families.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Baby Feminists
Written by Libby Babbott-Klein & illustrated by Jessica Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An irresistible timely lift-the-flap board book featuring lush illustrations of your favorite feminist icons as adorable babies! Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, and others were change-making feminists, they were . . . babies! In this board book that’s perfect for budding feminists, lift the flap to discover what these iconic figures might have looked like as adorable babies and toddlers. With its inspiring message that any baby can grow up to make the world a better place for all genders, this sturdy 7” x 7” board book makes the perfect baby gift for any family that wants to raise children who can recognize Gloria Steinem on sight.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.44
Used $1.23
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Baby Code! Play
Written by Sandra Horning & illustrated by Melissa Crowton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How do you explain coding in playtime to a baby? By showing how it’s all around them, and how they can take part in it, of course! By using items and experiences in a baby’s world, like an electric swing or a ride at the amusement park, this charming board book full of bright, colorful illustrations is the perfect introduction to coding in active play for babies and their caregivers–and is sure to leave them wanting to learn more!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Auntie and Me - Auntie comes for a special visit in this sweet lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Finally, a book for aunts, everywhere! Someone special is at the door! Who could it be? Baby is ready for a fun-filled day with Auntie in this new interactive lift-the-flap board book from bestselling author Karen Katz! Little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps on every page to reveal all of Auntie’s surprises.

  2. Counting to Perfect - From the author of Eight Keys comes a loving story of sisters who are trying to find their way back to each other.

Books About Babies and First Concepts

Add to list
Indestructibles: Baby Babble
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Kate Merritt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it—gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor— Indestructibles are the little books that could. They’re indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher.

Baby Babble is a first vocabulary book, featuring baby at the table: spoon, banana, cheese. Baby at play: blocks, teddy bear. Inside baby’s house: lamp, socks, crib. Outside baby’s window: cloud!

Buy book
$5.95
Bookshop
$5.06
Amazon
$3.95
Used $0.16
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Indestructibles: Baby Faces
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Kate Merritt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it—gumming, spilling, dragging across the floor— Indestructibles are the little books that could. They’re indestructible. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher.

Baby Faces features baby’s favorite thing: pictures of other babies. It’s a book for parents and children to share together the many moods of a baby.

Buy book
$5.95
Bookshop
$5.06
Amazon
$5.95
Used $5.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
ABC Baby Signs
Written & illustrated by Christiane Engel
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

ABC Baby Signs is a charming third installment in Christiane Engel’s illustrated ABC for Me series, following in the footsteps of ABC Yoga and ABC Love. ABC Baby Signs features twenty-six of the most common, simple baby signs, such as “all done,” “more,” and “please,” to teach babies and toddlers basic ways to communicate with their hands before they can verbalize their needs. This title features one sign per letter of the alphabet, a cute rhyming story, adorable illustrations, and sweet, illustrated demonstrations. Kids and their parents will love learning baby signs together!

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$16.95
Used $1.81
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Babies Love Opposites - Introduce your baby or toddler to the concept of opposites, including cold and hot, in and out, big and little, and more in this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first book!

  2. Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat! - Books babies can really sink their gums into! INDESTRUCTIBLES are built for the way babies “read”: with their hands and mouths. INDESTRUCTIBLES won’t rip or tear and are 100% washable. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend. What green vegetable looks like a tree? Broccoli! Can you find a fruit that’s small and yellow? Lemon! Can you pick out two berries so red and sweet? Raspberry and strawberry! Explore a rainbow of delicious foods in a book that’s INDESTRUCTIBLE.

  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. My First Jewish Baby Book - This unique and adorable concept board book offers a fun introduction to Jewish culture, celebrations, food and more. Adorably illustrated alphabetical entries provide a fun taste of all things Jewish. A must-have for any Jewish baby’s nursery, this tiny tome covers quintessential foods such as bagels and brisket, rituals and holidays including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Shabbat, and Hanukkah, as well as important cultural references (with a little Yiddish thrown in). Parents and grandparents will love sharing every concise, funny entry with the little ones in their lives.

Books About Babies and Multicultural

Add to list
Look!: Babies Head to Toe
Written by Robie H. Harris & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An adorable book introducing the youngest readers to the names of their body parts, from head to toe! Look! Babies Head to Toe is an exuberant introduction to the parts of the body and the senses. Filled with fun, repetitive sounds and a melodic voice, this book will captivate babies and toddlers. It’s the perfect follow-up to Harris’s first board book, Who?: A Celebration of Babies.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.29
Used $1.10
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Little Humans
Written & illustrated by Brandon Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog “Humans of New York.” He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York. To create Little Humans, a 40-page photographic picture book for young children, he’s combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children’s photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.20
Used $0.69
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet
Written by Kristy Dempsey & illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count each little toe one by one in this sweet board book! Ten little toes on two small feet. These ten toes are ten times sweet! Join a group of multicultural toddlers for an exciting day as their ten little toes wriggle and wiggle, splatter and pitter-patter, and wibble-wobble! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Global Baby Bedtimes - In pictures and simple text, babies in different countries and cultures go through the same rituals at bedtime.

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

  3. Loretta's Gift - Meet a little girl named Loretta who tries to find the perfect gift for her new baby cousin in this sweet picture book by bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller! Loretta and her parents are so excited that Aunt Esme and Uncle Jax are having a baby! When Gabe arrives, Loretta thinks he is the best baby on the block! Everyone showers him with gifts, but Loretta doesn’t know what to give. Can she think of the perfect gift for her baby cousin?

  4. Happy in Our Skin - Is there anything more splendid than a baby's skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique--and what holds us together.

Books About Babies and Mother And Child

Add to list
Yoga Baby
Written by Amy Hovey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In this photographic board book, a diverse group of babies show off yoga moves that come naturally to them.

Buy book
$10.95
Bookshop
$9.31
Amazon
$10.95
Used $10.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Lullaby (for a Black Mother)
Written by Langston Hughes & illustrated by Sean Qualls
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby? With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls's painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.62
Used $7.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Indestructibles: Mama and Baby!
Written by Amy Pixton & illustrated by Kaaren Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together.

Mama and Baby! is about mothers and babies of different species. Kaaren Pixton’s art is bright, swirling with color, and reminiscent of Eric Carle, and it attains an almost 3D richness on the special paperlike stock of the book.

Buy book
$5.95
Bookshop
$5.06
Amazon
$5.95
Used $5.95
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Pecan Pie Baby - Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. It hasn’t even been born yet, but everyone, even her friends, seem fixated on it. Gia thinks things are fine just the way they are! And she’s worried: if the baby’s such a big deal now, what’s going to happen to Gia’s nice, cozy life with Mama once it’s born? Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall have created a heartwarming story for kids adjusting to the idea of a new family member. Young readers will be reassured by Gia’s eventual understanding that the baby won’t ruin the special bond she has with her mom, and might even be a sweet addition to the family.

  2. Forest Baby - From a carrier, a baby peers out at the trail. Leaves rustle overhead, and a turtle stretches toward the sun. Everything shimmers with light, including the jeweled wings of a dragonfly and the star-shaped lilies. This delightful board book takes the reader on a hike accented by the soft sound of footsteps on the trail and grounded by the rhythmic rocking of mother and baby moving through the forest. Travel along on their serene journey with Laurie Elmquist’s lyrical verse and Shantala Robinson’s warmly painted collages. A beautiful book that will be treasured by anyone who loves the outdoors.

Books About Babies and Animals

Add to list
Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
Written by Jimmy Fallon & illustrated by Miguel Ordónez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, is also a father and his hilarious picture book reveals what everyone already knows: that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies’ first word is “Dada!” Here he shows us just how it’s done…

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$7.89
Used $0.25
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Springtime Baby
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Springtime baby Drizzly day Rainboot baby Let’s go play! Little ones will love to join baby on a fun-filled spring day. The adventure begins with some mudpie-making and puddle-stomping, followed by sunshine, a rainbow and gorgeous, sweet smelling blossoms. All the favorite springtime creatures, from ducklings to butterflies, share a splendid day with our springtime baby! This interactive novelty board book features large lift-the-flaps on each spread, hiding charming surprises underneath. With acclaimed author Elise Broach’s delightful rhyming text and playful illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld, this is the perfect read-aloud to share on a perfect spring afternoon.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Add to list
Baby Loves to Party!
Written & illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Have a blast with baby in this party-time companion to the hit board books Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! The baboons blow up the balloons, and the lemurs hang the streamers. The snake bakes a cake, and the pheasants wrap some presents. But who is ready to party? With playful illustrations, funny puns, and rhymes about a crew of critters bringing down the house, this energetic and adorable story from the rock star creator of Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! is sure to please party animals of all ages!

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Jan 23
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Thanks to the Animals - Alone, cold, and frightened, Zoo Sap cries, and his cries attract the forest animals. Beginning with beaver and ending with the great bald eagle, the animals rush to protect the baby and shelter him from the cold until his father returns for him.

  2. Hello Baby! - A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book!</b> <p/>After meeting a bevy of baby animals–including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub–the baby in this story discovers the most precious creature of all…itself, of course! <p/>With an exuberant rhyming text by bestselling author Mem Fox and adorable cut-paper illustrations by Caldecott-Honor recipient Steve Jenkins, this book is an irresistible celebration of the joyful connection between parent and child. Now available for the first time as a Classic Board Book, this story is perfect for the youngest readers!

Want to see 22 more books about babies and animals ?

How about books about animals?

Epilogue

11 books that are just too good to leave off of our babies list.
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender - 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.”

  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.

Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Baby Love - 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.

  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.

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

  4. Little You - Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. My Brother the Duck - A new sibling book with humor, heart, and a dash of the scientific process sure to delight young readers. Is Stella’s new baby brother a duck? All the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction, but Stella knows that scientists can’t just wing it. Further research is definitely required. This sweet and silly book is just ducky for new siblings, fledgling scientists and anyone who loves a good laugh. • Read-aloud books for children and siblings • New baby gift for siblings • Pat Zietlow Miller has published numerous children’s books, including the critically acclaimed Be Kind. Picture-book-reading new siblings who enjoyed The New Small Person, Little Miss Big Sis, and Julius Baby of the World will love the sweet and silly humor of My Brother the Duck.

  2. Little Big Girl - A touching picture book about an older sister’s unconditional love for her new baby brother Matisse is a little girl in a big world. Despite her size, she gets to have all sorts of grand adventures, like seeing the big sights of the city, making big messes, and taking big naps when her little body is all tuckered out. But when Matisse meets her baby brother, she realizes that she isn’t so little after all- She’s a big sister! And it’s great fun to show this new little person what wonders this big world has in store. With warmth and joy, Claire Keane showcases a gorgeous retro-inspired style to tell this tender tale of unconditional sibling love.

  3. Hush Little Baby - 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.

Did you enjoy our babies book recommendations? Did you know you can help us improve this list? Check out our Community Handbook and learn how to add tags to books.

Additional book lists you might enjoy:

Suggested Links