Our Favorite 32 Board Books to Read With Your Kids About Babies

Updated Mar. 21, 2019

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Sleepyhead book
#4
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike and illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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

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

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends book
#5
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends
Written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Grammy

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

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

Littles book
#6
Littles
Written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by A.G. Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

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

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

Someday book
#7
Someday
Written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Baby Born book
#8
Baby Born
Written by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Chih-Wei Chang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from 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.

Babies grow as the seasons of the year pass.

Foodie Babies Wear Bibs book
#9
Foodie Babies Wear Bibs
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman and illustrated by Nathalie Dion
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from Grammy

This is a darling book about the realities of feeding and eating with babies, from preparation to sharing, with an especially tasty ending!

The sixth book of the Urban Babies board book series finds Foodie Babies browsing the farmers' market and dining with their favorite finger foods.

A New Chick for Chickies book
#10
A New Chick for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

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

Baby Penguins Everywhere! book
#11
Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written and illustrated by Melissa Guion
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

On the Night You Were Born book
#12
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

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

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

A Book of Babies book
#13
A Book of Babies
Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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!

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.”

All of Baby, Nose to Toes book
#14
All of Baby, Nose to Toes
Written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, 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.

Baby Love book
#15
Baby Love
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

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

Welcome Little One book
#16
Welcome Little One
Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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

Mama Loves You So book
#17
Mama Loves You So
Written by Terry Pierce and illustrated by Simone Shin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

The Boss Baby book
#18
The Boss Baby
Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.

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.

Everywhere Babies book
#19
Everywhere Babies
Written by Susan Meyers and 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.

More Than Balloons book
#20
More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier and illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.

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.

Baby Be Kind book
#21
Baby Be Kind
Written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
#22
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Written by Mem Fox and 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.

Take Heart, My Child book
#23
Take Heart, My Child
Written by Ainsley Earhardt and illustrated by Jaime Kim, Ainsley Earhardt
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Thoughts from 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.

Now available as a giftable board book, popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt’s New York Times bestseller Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby that inspires children to follow their dreams and passions. FOX and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt shares precious life lessons parents can pass onto their children so that they can follow their hearts, dreams, and passions. Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby in which Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to.

Snug book
#24
Snug
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Encourages positive reading habits and concentration from an early age.

Mockingbird Song book
#25
Mockingbird Song
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

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

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

Have a suggestion for a book to add to this list? Send an email to [email protected]!