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

age 2+

Colorfully illustrated alphabet rhymes.

By: Bill Martin Jr. (1989)
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Corduroy

age 2+

Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.

By: Don Freeman (1968)
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

age 2+

The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.

By: Mo Willems (2006)
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The Going to Bed Book

age 2+

Sweet, silly board book makes bedtime fun and cozy.

By: Sandra Boynton (1982)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Goodnight Moon

age 2+

Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
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Guess How Much I Love You

age 2+

Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.

By: Sam McBratney (1996)
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Make Way for Ducklings

age 2+

Kids and parents enjoy this story about family.

By: Robert McCloskey (1969)
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Moo!

age 2+

Silly read turns kids into masters of social interpretation.

By: David LaRochelle (2013)
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Pat the Bunny

age 2+

Enduring classic tots love to pat, scratch, and sniff.

By: Dorothy Kunhardt (1969)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

age 2+

Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.

By: Richard Scarry (1974)
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The Runaway Bunny

age 2+

Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1942)
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The Snowy Day

age 2+

Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.

By: Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
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There's a Wocket in My Pocket

age 2+

This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.

By: Dr. Seuss (1974)
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This Is Baby

age 2+

Lively lesson in naming body parts -- human and animal.

By: Jimmy Fallon (2019)
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

age 2+

Funny, colorful look at caterpillar's development.

By: Eric Carle (1970)
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Where the Wild Things Are

age 2+

Classic all-ages masterpiece has a wild imagination.

By: Maurice Sendak (1969)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon

age 3+

Imagination reigns in timeless classic about drawing boy.

By: Crockett Johnson (1955)
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The Little Engine That Could

age 3+

Charming, encouraging picture book engages and inspires.

By: Watty Piper (1930)
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Llama Llama Time to Share

age 3+

Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.

By: Anna Dewdney (2012)
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