Hi all–I know a lot of you like reading with kids. Me too. And the last few days I’ve been in reading heaven. First, reading I Love You Stinkyface! at least 17 times, staying with grand-kids Mae & Eero– and now I’ve moved over to stay with baby Lois and Yum Yum! seems to be the favorite.
So for all you who love kid reading out there, here’s a few favorite early baby books, beloved for the pictures, rhythms and rhyme.
I pretty much adore any book illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. And this super simple book of farmyard animals making their respective “animal noises” is a perfect early book.
Baby Babble by Kate Merritt is just right for babies– bright, simple and absolutely “chew proof.” It says so on the cover (also is nontoxic & 100% washable!). Love the colorful friendly illustrations–part of a series of 20 similar baby books made of plastic, not cardboard.
Featuring a series of hungry animals and their favorite foods, Yum Yum! by Yusuke Yonezu is a delight. Each animal has a cut out mouth that “devours” a carrot, banana… All her books are inventive and sweet.
And an old favorite–Brown Bear, Brown Bear (board book version) by Eric Carle, is the perfect chanting rhythm and rhyme book for early listeners. Bold illustrations and repeated color words are a big plus.
P.S. top illustration thanks to biblioteques__UVEG
23 thoughts on “Best Baby Books”
Such a nice summary, Rhonda! I have to agree with the last book – Brown Bear 🙂 Great for early listeners! Our little one loves it 🙂
Hi Vero– Yep, I taught kindergarten a long time ago and Brown Bear was a favorite–now I read it to grand-girls. Do you have other favorite children’s books?? xo
Hi Rhonda 🙂 well, we don’t have that many English books yet, however we have Czech and Spanish ones, as we speak three languages at home. And actually, I bought lately the book “The little boy who lost his name” and it is so nicely done and Demian seems liking colours and pictures, and the story is nice ☺️
Thanks for the recommendation Vero! How wonderful for your children to be immersed in 3 languages. Our kids grew up in Spain with English and Spanish– and it’s been a helfp to them… Happy reading!! xox
I read to the children at school and will look up these recommendations! Some of my favorites are Good NIght Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, and every Jan Brett book made, especially The Mitton. Blessings to you, Rhonda. Keep that reading for it builds brains and lightens hearts! Enjoy every moment!
Hi Mary– I have all 3 of those books on the shelf in our family room. We must have the same read-aloud taste! What other books do you like?? always looking for ideas! hugs hugs.
Aww this is great. So puts a happy spin on life, doesn’t it? 🙂 Sending you blessings, Rhonda. Debbie
Thanks Debbie– yep, so many kids books just make you smile! hugs friend.
Great selection of board books and I love the idea of creating them in plastic instead of cardboard!
Hi Marcia– the plasticky paged book is the best. Great simple bright illustrations– and our baby Lois LOVES chewing the book as well as flipping the pages. It’s her favorite. Hope all’s well with you there, Marcia. xox
Hi Rhonda! These are some great books! I definitely need to try them out with my little guy! I hope that you had a great weekend! Hugs!
Hi Shanika!! Yep–don’t you love reading with him?? I was just up in San Francisco with our kids/grand-kids. Our baby Lois is happiest chewing on books! Hope you’re staying cool this summer! take care friend. xox
Love Eric Carle, but I have never heard of Brown Bear. Thanks Rhonda!!!
Isn’t Eric Carle great? The second graders at my school always made a bunch of painted papers and then cut out animals in his colorful style. Brown Bear is my favorite of his– read it so many times to grand-kids over the years!! take care friend. xox
I am going to look for it at the library this weekend. LOVE that idea for an art project too.
So fun for your kids that you’re an art project kind of mom! xox
Will definitely need to try some of these on my little one!
Hi –hope you like them. Fun to find your blog– I do love children’s books and reading with kids!! xox
Aw glad you like my blog! Just think it’s so important for kids to have some time to learn and use their imagination. Love the look of the books you suggested!
Hi there– couldn’t agree more! xo
Great selection! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂
Don’t you love beautiful kid’s books?? Fun to read your reviews on books I haven’t “met” yet! thanks.
So pleased you enjoyed it! There are some lovely ones out there 😀