Best Baby Books

Whether you're filling a shelf in the nursery or buying a first birthday gift, you can't go wrong with these picks. Kid-tested and approved for cuddles and giggles, these books are guaranteed to stand up to multiple read-aloud moments with your baby or toddler (many are available as board books). Our list has mostly classics that have stood the test of time, with a few more recent titles that kids can't get enough of. Happy reading!

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Book Poster Image
Colorfully illustrated alphabet rhymes.
By Bill Martin Jr.
(2003)
(1989)
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Corduroy Book Poster Image
Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.
By Don Freeman
(2003)
(1968)
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late Book Poster Image
The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.
By Mo Willems
(2007)
(2006)
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The Going to Bed Book Book Poster Image
Sweet, silly board book makes bedtime fun and cozy.
By Sandra Boynton
(2013)
(1982)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Book Poster Image
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2012)
(2011)
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Goodnight Moon Book Poster Image
Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2004)
(1947)
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Guess How Much I Love You Book Poster Image
Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.
By Sam McBratney
(2004)
(1996)
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Make Way for Ducklings Book Poster Image
Kids and parents enjoy this story about family.
By Robert McCloskey
(2003)
(1969)
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Moo! Book Poster Image
Silly read turns kids into masters of social interpretation.
By David LaRochelle
(2014)
(2013)
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Pat the Bunny Book Poster Image
Enduring classic tots love to pat, scratch, and sniff.
By Dorothy Kunhardt
(2003)
(1969)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book Poster Image
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(2012)
(1974)
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The Runaway Bunny Book Poster Image
Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2011)
(1942)
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The Snowy Day Book Poster Image
Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
(1962)
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There's a Wocket in My Pocket Book Poster Image
This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1974)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Poster Image
Carle brings humor to caterpillar's development.
By Eric Carle
(2003)
(1970)
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Where the Wild Things Are Book Poster Image
Classic all-ages masterpiece has a wild imagination.
By Maurice Sendak
(2001)
(1969)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon Book Poster Image
Imagination reigns in timeless classic about drawing boy.
By Crockett Johnson
(2012)
(1955)
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The Little Engine That Could Book Poster Image
Charming, encouraging picture book engages and inspires.
By Watty Piper
(2012)
(1930)
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Llama Llama Time to Share Book Poster Image
Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.
By Anna Dewdney
(2012)
(2012)
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit Book Poster Image
Beatrix Potter's first and one of her best.
By Beatrix Potter
(2003)
(1902)
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