Best Books for Babies

books for babies

My list of best books for babies. For now. I will be updating this no doubt as bub grows. He’s 9 months now (where has the time gone?!) and he already has far more books than toys!

I read somewhere recently that teaching a child to love books is more important than teaching a child to read.

If they love books, the reading and learning will follow.

Starting from birth we can foster a love of reading and give children the best possible start in life. Even newborn babies love to be read to. You can even read to your preggy belly. I used to read Harry Potter aloud to my bump!

The lists below include a few of the best books for babies (my faves so far) as well as the best children’s books of all time.

All of these books are quite suitable from birth and enjoyable to read aloud. Many I remember reading to my baby brother when I was about 10 years old! Good books really are timeless.

My list of best books for babies

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The most iconic board book with its caterpillar bitten pages. 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by the same author is also very good, with its simple colourful illustrations and repetition in verse.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A classic bedtime story. Babies absolutely love this book. The practice of saying goodnight to things around the room seems to work well as part of bedtime routine.

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

The best lift-the-flap book. And there’s a whole range of Spot books. We’ve got about half a dozen and bub absolutely loves them, especially Spot Loves Bedtime which we read every night.

I’m a T. Rex!

A random Little Golden Book we picked up and this story is a winner!

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Best books for children

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Loveable confused Pooh and other gorgeous characters. Beautiful childhood stories first published in 1920s. Some say the English is better for learning from in books published before 1930.

Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer

The range of ‘little critter’ books are awesome for pre-schoolers.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Timeless tales from Mr McGregor’s garden. One of the best-selling books of all time (not just children’s books but all books – over 45 million copies!)

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

All of her titles are great, also check out Room on the Broom.

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Fun to read with good repetition.

Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr

One of my all-time favourite books from when I was young. Also love The Tiger Who Came to Tea by the same author.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

And of course, The Cat in the Hat, Greens Eggs and Ham and many more. Older children will love these books, and the rhymes just roll off the tongue fun for parents.

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

Great for building vocabulary. Kids will pore over these pages for hours.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

A sweet story about a little train with a whole of lot of optimism and determination.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Originally published in 1963, this is another all-time classic story.

8 Little Planets and Baby University

I’ve also recently discovered Chris Ferrie‘s science books for babies. I love them! And I can’t wait to read his new one: There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe

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