Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to first words. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about first words.
Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.
When it comes to children’s stories about first words, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like First Words - Italian to popular sellers like Beehive to some of our favorite hidden gems like Big Words for Fearless Girls: 1,000 Big Words for Girls with Big Dreams.
We hope this list of kids books about first words can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.
Big Words for Fearless Girls is a first-of-its-kind primer bursting with powerful first words girls will need to pursue their big dreams. The vibrant, oversized board book comes packed with 1,000 brightly illustrated words, all interwoven with 100 female heroes and inspiring messages. Readers will learn colors with Frida Kahlo, animals with Jane Goodall, things that go with Amelia Earhart, fruits and vegetables with Julia Child, and more—but the words don’t stop there. Girls will also find hundreds of powerful words on activism, government, science, engineering, and more to get them ready to blaze ahead and better the world!
First 100 Animals has become a must-have for any baby’s bookshelf, frequently appearing in Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and is published in over 20 languages. This larger edition has all the same appeal to babies and toddlers, who will love to discover the 100 animals inside. The bright, clear photographs and word labels are ideal for developing picture–word association and the book is an excellent vocabulary builder. The pages are made from durable board and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. Publishing alongside First 100 Words.
With panoramic illustrations on each spread and appealing recurring characters, our classic Look & Find format is now available to the youngest readers. These imaginative books welcome curious toddlers to experience adventures in familiar places - the park, the zoo, and the city. Short texts with stimulating questions are expertly designed for young readers, making this series a great introduction to animals, objects, situations, and everyday events. The colorful illustrations are large enough for a curious toddler to find. Kids will find 4 hidden objects on each spread and learn many new words. The format is the perfect size for toddlers!
Kids are never too young to start learning! With big, fun-to-say words for every letter of the alphabet, this book will deliver read-aloud laughs while teaching something new to both parent and child. Do you know your gnashnabb from your widdershins? When was the last time you saw something orchidaceous or dolichopodous? Learn all these sophisticated words and more in this brilliant picture book by bestselling authors James and Susan Patterson! With bright, imaginative artwork by Hsinping Pan, each word offers a definition and pronunciation to give your little genius—and you!—the most impressive vocabulary ever. Includes a list of extra words in the back for further learning.
The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers
Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.
With Touchwords: My Day, build vocabulary and explore the exciting possibilities of a day – from washing to playing to sleeping and everything in between.
Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well.
If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.
First Words - Italian - Perfect for introducing very young children to the Italian language, this colourful board book features 12 words to learn – from ‘sun’ and ‘shoes’ to ‘beach’ and ‘bed’. Each word is accompanied by an illustration and pronunciation guide that make the vocabulary easy to learn. From Lonely Planet Kids, First Words Italian is a great learning resource for families planning a trip or practicing a new language at home. Our dedicated First Words website features a free audio pronunciation guide where you can hear each word spoken out loud.
TouchWords: Clothes - The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations. With Touchwords: Clothes, build vocabulary and explore the fundamentals of what we wear – whether it’s a frilly party dress or a pair of ripped jeans. Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well. If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.
Who Am I? - Who Am I?, a Let’s Learn Spanish lift-the-flap book introduces little ones to the Spanish words for animals around the house. I purr and play with yarn and string. “Me-ow, me-ow” is what I sing. I’m striped or plain or calico I am a furry, sweet gato (cat). Introducing a creative way to learn first words in Spanish, Who Am I? uses the power of rhyme and lift-the-flaps to teach basic animal names. Perfect for young readers and families looking for a gentle introduction into a new language, Who Am I? focuses on everyday animals in the first book in the Let’s Learn Spanish series.
Beehive - Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process. With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.
Here comes the sun . . . and summer! Put on your sunglasses and enjoy the heat at the beach, where you can dig up the sand with your shovel and pail and see starfish in the sea. And don’t forget the seasonal treats like watermelon and ice cream—yum!
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