Is there anything sweeter than story time with your baby? Cuddling up with your little one on your lap and one of the
best books for babies in your hand is a fantastic way to give them an early start to a lifelong love of reading. The best baby books run the gamut from stories about bunnies and belly buttons to classic nursery rhymes and picture books that have been capturing young children's imaginations for decades.
Although their narratives may be wildly different, many beloved baby books share a few things in common. For starters, they feature bright, colorful illustrations and pictures that your baby will love to interact with over and over again. Rhymes they can pick up and repeat are a great learning tool, as well as stories with words that most children have heard before and can understand. Books that deal with letters, numbers, and emotions are perfect for the littlest learners who are just beginning to grasp these concepts. And soft books or sturdy board books (that curious hands can't tear) are ideal because babies can hold them in their hands, learn to turn pages, and feel like they're in the driver's seat during story time.
baby books are the perfect story time additions that your baby won't want to put down. 1 Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon, $6, Amazon
An oldie and a goodie,
Goodnight Moon is a classic story in board book format that features some of the most familiar lines in children's story history: "Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere." Colorfully captivating illustrations and sweet farewell bids to household objects your child will recognize make this a peaceful story to help lull baby to sleep. 2 Pat The Bunny Touch And Feel Book Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book), $8, Amazon
Babies use their sense of touch to learn about textures while reading
an adorable touch and feel book about a lovable white rabbit. Little ones can "pet" soft fur, giggle at peek-a-boo surprises, and hear a simple, quick story that will hold their attention. Pat the Bunny, 3 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, $6, Amazon
Most children find animals to be a source of endless fascination. Eric Carle's classic
provides flowing, seamless transitions from one animal to the next (a yellow duck, a blue horse, and, of course, a brown bear). The singsong text is also easy to remember and you may be shocked to hear your little one reciting the words along with you after a few reads. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 4 First 100 Words Board Book First 100 Words Board Book, $5, Amazon
There's a reason why this vividly bright soft board book makes an appearance at so many baby showers and baby birthday parties.
features 100 pictures and words baby will most likely be exposed to and learn during those early years. This book is ideal for ages 1 to 3 years old and is padded, but sturdy and durable. First 100 Words 5 The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar, $7, Amazon
Another Eric Carle classic,
guides babies and toddlers through the life cycle of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. Along the way, little ones can count how many different types of foods he eats before getting a belly ache, then finally cheer when he emerges from his cocoon as a brilliant butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 6 Are You My Mother? Are You My Mother?, $4, Amazon
A story about searching for identity and finding it in a loving family,
follows a baby bird who hatched just as his mom flew off to find him food. Determined to find his mom, the little bird sets off to ask other animals if they are their mom — before reconnecting with the mom who never truly left their side. Are You My Mother? 7 On The Night You Were Born 8 Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes 9 Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-The-Flap Book Where Is Baby's Belly Button, $4, Amazon
Lift-the-flap books provide hours of fun for babies and the modern classic
takes things one step further by teaching little ones about their body parts. Babies can lift flaps to reveal various body parts on an illustrated baby's body before locating their own body parts and accurately naming them. Where Is Baby's Belly Button 10 Baby Touch And Feel Wild Animals 11 Potty Board Book Potty Board Book, $7, Amazon
Even if you're little one is a year away from sitting on the potty, this super cute
introduces the concept of potty training in a relaxed, non-intimidating way. The character in the book asks questions about potty behaviors and the story ends with him receiving the ultimate reward: fun, colorful underwear. Potty board book 12 The Poky Little Puppy The Poky Little Puppy, $4, Amazon
First published in 1942,
was one of 12 original Little Golden books — and it continues to grab young children's hearts today. The story follows a cute little puppy who can't keep from digging holes in the yard (sound familiar?) and has to go to bed without dessert. Don't worry — there's a happy ending. The Poky Little Puppy 13 Corduroy Corduroy, $6, Amazon
Wanting nothing more than to be loved by a child,
is a teddy bear sitting on a shelf at a department store waiting to become part of someone's family. And even when he manages to lose a button and get a bit scruffed up, he finds the exact thing he has been searching for all along. This paperback book has been delighting babies and toddlers since the 1960s. Corduroy 14 Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed 15 Peek-A-Boo! Baby Faces Board Book P eek-A-Boo Baby Faces Board Book, $5, Amazon
consists of just that — a collection of colored photos of adorable baby faces in the middle of smiling, pouting, crying, yawning, and being playful. Babies will love the minimal text, huge photographs, and mimicking the facial expressions they know all too well. Peek-A-Boo Baby Faces Board Book 16 The Snowy Day The Snowy Day, $7, Amazon
Every beautiful emotion a small child feels when waking up to a blanket of snow outside on the ground is captured in
a Caldecott Medal-winning tale by Ezra Jack Keats. A small boy enjoys a series of wondrous snowy day adventures that include making snow angels and playing with this footprints — and Keats' watercolors, cut-outs, and collages serve as a magical backdrop for this otherworldly winter wonderland. The Snowy Day, Romper may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Romper's editorial and sales departments.