Best Baby Books For the First Year

We love books! I started reading to my son when I was pregnant, and now we read them every day. Storytime is part of our bedtime routine, and we love exploring new worlds through the pages. 

It’s never too early to start reading to your little ones. Newborn babies love black and white picture books with baby faces and nature. Jayden loves turning the pages and checking out what’s behind the flaps. (He occasionally bites on the edges of some of the classics too.) 

Since our collection is still growing, I wanted to know what YOUR favorite baby books are. These are some of the top baby books, as recommended by you. You can also find these selections in my Amazon Shop. (I’ve included the English and Spanish versions.) 

Best Baby Books for Newborns to 1-Year-Olds

“Love You Forever” by Robert N. Munsch 

“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell 

“Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox

“Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” by Bill Martin

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin 

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle 

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown 

“Elephant and Piggie” by Mo Willems

“Bear of My Heart” by Johanne Ryder

Alphaprints by Roger Priddy

“ABCs of Kindness” by Samantha Berger 

“Pig the Pug” by Aaron Blabey

Find Out About Feelings by Pat-a-Cake

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox 

Paddington by Michael Bond 

Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan

Room on the Broom by Rene Aubry

The Very Noisy Baby by Allison Lester 

Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton 

The Very Sleep Bear by Nick Bland


Baby books make great gifts for new parents. If you don’t want to spend a fortune building your children’s collection, check out your local thrift store to find some gems or visit the library to grab something new for your kids. 

What are the best baby books you love to read? Let me know in the comments. 

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  1. We are book lovers in my house too and my son has and endorses most of the books on your list, especially Love you Forever and Goodnight Moon.

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