Buying a baby a book isn’t just a way of providing the child with entertainment, but it can help open a door into the world around them. These books are designed to not only entertain the child but are also designed to teach them. Children who are introduced to books at a young age learn how to read faster than other children and are more likely to perform well in school.
Books are some of the most important teaching tools and toys that a person can give to their child or a child of someone they know. The best one will entertain and educate, and even some of the not-so-great ones are still pretty good. That’s why we’ve decided to review ten of the best baby books, so everyone can give a child a tool that’s a stepping stone to a good education and a successful life.
My Top 10 Best Baby Books Recommendations & Reviews
#10 Giraffes Can’t Dance Board Book
Giraffes Can’t Dance is an informative and touching book about Gerald, a giraffe who wants nothing more than to be able to dance. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for him to dance because his legs are a bit too think and his knees are a bit too crooked. But he’s eventually able to dance when he finds an encouraging friend who shows him that he is capable of dancing to his own tune. It’s a lighthearted story that’s full of illustrations and is designed to provide the inspiration that children need to reach for their dreams and achieve them. It’s a board book that older infants are going to love.
- Has nice quality illustrations
- Inspiring story for a child
- Not suitable for young infants
#9 First 100 Words Board Book
First 100 Words is a point-to-learn baby board book that’s designed to help babies learn about the world around them. Instead of having a story, this book provides 100 color photographs that will entertain the child and has the word describing the picture right below it. Flipping through this well-made and durable book, children will see the picture and learn the word for items such as potty, brush, blue ball, yellow duckling, white rabbit, and other common items and animals. Although some of the pictures and concepts are too similar to be easily identifiable by young children, such as dump trucks and trucks, it’s still an important educational resource for any nursery.
- It’s a well constructed book
- Is a great educational resource
- Many of the pictures are too similiar to each other
#8 If Animals Kissed Good Night Book
To say that this board book is cute is a drastic understatement. If Animals Kissed Good Night is a baby’s book that will have both parents and babies smiling and is one of the best books for reading to a child before going to bed. It’s full of colorful illustrations featuring different animal mothers and babies and has a simple poetic style to it that’s easy to read. Although we wished the quality of the book construction was a little bit stronger and may be easily torn up if handled by a child, it’s still a great book for nightime reading and is sure to deliver children into a peaceful slumber.
- Beautiful and colorful illustrations
- A very sweet and sentimental book
- The book could’ve been better constructed
#7 Goodnight Moon Book
Good Night Moon is a well-loved book by Margaret Wise Brown that’s a classic for a reason. This book has beautiful soothing pictures that are paired with words that are rhythmic and are designed to whisk children away to sleep. Although it does seem like the story ends too quickly, it’s still a great classic book that parents are going to love to read to their children. And it’s available in a variety of formats including hardback, paperback, board book, and Kindle formats so the parent can choose the one that’s right for their household.
- Available in a variety of formats
- Is a well-loved classic
- The book ends too abruptly
#6 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Board Book
We’re not sure what it is about this book, but it seems to hold the attention of children of all ages. It doesn’t matter if a 3-month old baby or a 3-year old toddler is reading it, this book seems to make an instant connection with the child. This book is also well constructed and seems like it was designed to hold up well to everyday use. It’s a book that children will read every day without getting tired of it, and that’s why it’s made this list.
- Great introduction to reading
- Keeps children of all ages engaged
- The audio CD isn’t as good as the book
#5 Love You Forever Board Book
Over 30-million copies of Love You Forever has been sold all over the world, and after reading the book, it’s easy to see why. It features a mother who holds her son and sings to him how much she loves him through all of the stages of his love. It’s a tear-jerking story that’s sure to bring a tear to even the most jaded of parents. It’s a book written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw, and is a book that’s well constructed so it can be read on a daily basis.
- Beautifully written and sentimental book
- Book is well crafted
- Might be too emotional for some parents
#4 Press Here Learning To Read Book
Press Here Learning To Read is a baby book that is a great simulation of an interactive device. On its printed pages are dots that the child is encouraged to interact with and the pages are set up, so it feels to the child as if they’re having a real impact on the story, even though it is simply an ordinary book. It’s a brightly colored board book that babies and toddlers won’t be able to put down, and one that should provide a whole lot of fun for any child.
- Book is extremely fun and interactive
- It’s a book children won’t tire of reading
- Book construction could’ve been better
#3 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Board Book
Some baby book is designed to be read aloud and some are not. This book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a book that’s designed to be read aloud by both parents and children. Although not all parents enjoy this book’s odd illustrative art style, most children love it as it provides a window into their imagination. It’s a book that’s going to be read over and over again. Regardless of whether a parent gives it to their child or gives it to a friend or relative’s child, it’s sure to quickly become a treasured book that encourages children to read.
- Captures the imagination of babies and toddlers
- Is written in a way that encourages reading
- Not all parents enjoy its art style
#2 Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Interactive Book
This book is not only designed to introduce babies to the concept of books but is also designed to help them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Although some of the pages may be difficult for small hands to turn, with a little bit of help from the parent, these books can provide some interactive entertainment. They have 6 colorful pages that use bright colors and features inspiring rhymes on them. And they also feature peak-a-book flaps that allow children to search for their favorite animals right on the pages.
- It’s a great interactive book
- It’s extremely cute and entertaining
- May be difficult for little fingers to flip through the book
#1 The Wonderful Things You Will Be Book
This high-quality baby book is available in both hardcover and Kindle versions and contains some of the sentiments that we as parents like to give to our children. The story not only allows parents to express to their child their love of them but also helps to inform the child of his or her potential. And it does all of this while presenting a very hopeful and soothing view of the future. It’s a book that every parent should read to their child, especially in these trying and difficult times.
- It’s a sweet and sentimental book
- It informs children of their potential
- It conveys a sense of hope for the future
- Costs a little more than other baby books