20 Best Books For Babies

For this post, I have put together a collection of the best books for babies currently available. Also see my guide to the 100 best children’s books.

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Introducing books to you baby for the first time is a very special moment. Not only does it allow that precious one to one time with you, your baby will benefit from hearing your voice and the sounds books can offer. Books open up your babies world to many concepts and help them to develop those essential social skills.

We’ve handpicked some of the best books suitable for babies from birth to 1 years of age, covering textures, sounds, books to touch and feel and black and white books to support their developing vision.

In this article I’ll go over:

  • When should you start reading to your baby?
  • How to Introduce Babies to Books,
  • Top tips on how to read to the very Young,
  • My curated list of the best baby books for babies.

Also see my top picks for the best books for 1 year olds and best books for 2 year olds.

Let’s get going!

Welcome To The World

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  • What’s the story: Welcome To The World is a delightful book celebrating the birth of a new baby elephant. The story follows the colourful journey the little elephant makes as he discovers what the world has to offer.
  • Why we love it: This book is full of gentle, beautiful illustrations in full colour with a hardback cover. It makes the ideal gift for any newborn baby or as a gift at the baby shower. Plus it has the added feature on the front page, for you to write your very own personal message to make this a wonderful keepsake for years to come. This book is a timeless addition to any family bookshelf.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 6,128 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “beautiful illustrations”, “a delightful feel-good story” and “the perfect gift”.
  • Reading Age: To be enjoyed from birth (Reading Level 5-7years)
  • Author: Lucy Tapper
  • Alternative: When the World Was Waiting for You


Don’t Tickle The Dinosaur

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Don't Tickle The Dinosaur
199 Reviews
  • What’s the story: Don’t Tickle the Dinosaur is a hilarious touchy-feely irresistible book for babies and grown ups to hear each dinosaur make a sound.
  • Why we love it: This book is fun for everyone! You just cannot resist touching the different ‘feely’ patches on each dinosaur to hear the amazing sounds they make. This book is exciting for babies, as the page turns and new sounds can be heard along with different textures to be felt. At the end, readers will discover all the dinosaurs being noisy at the same time!
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 199 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hilarious”, “fluffy buttons and clear sound effects” and “outstanding quality”.
  • Reading Age: From 6 months
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Don't Tickle The Pig

Little Jellycat – Farm Tails

  • What’s the story: Furry dog tails, curly pig tails mixed with fluff and feathers! The farm friends are ready to show you their wonderful colours and shapes as your baby can touch and feel and learn to match which tail goes on which bottom.
  • Why we love it: This book is full of colour and bright patterns. Its very soft and squishy so easy for babies to grasp and feel. Its superbly designed, with each tail having a different noise or texture making it highly interactive and exciting to babies. It is also very hardwearing which is added bonus!
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 196 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “,Excellent tactile tails” “a cute soft baby book” and “perfect for On the Go”.
  • Reading Age: Suitable from Birth
  • Author: Little Jellycat
  • Alternative Peek-a-boo Activity Book


Baby’s Very First Black and White Little Library

  • What’s the story: Delightful first books to share with a baby, These books have high contrast, black and white illustrations specially designed for babies. There are 4 books in the library including Animals, Faces, Going out and Babies, having illustrations of different emotions babies may feel, facial features such as eyes and nose, freckles and glasses and various animals babies might come across.
  • Why we love it: Each page has a black and white picture accompanied with a simple word that the reader can encourage baby to repeat, helping to develop their speech and language development. These books have thick board pages so they are great for sharing with your baby. I also find that they can be propped up easily for baby to see by themselves.
  • Reviews: Charming reviews. From 2,997 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include ” Perfect size for little ones” “Great high contrast books for your baby” and “perfect first books”.
  • Reading Age: Suitable from Birth
  • Illustrated by: Stella Baggott
  • Alternative: What’s the story: Little children can curl up for a peaceful moment in the middle of a busy day with this soothing music book. Simply press the pages to hear five calming classical tunes, including music by Mozart and Schubert. With delightful illustrations by Alison Friend, showing baby animals enjoying the music.
  • Why we love it: What’s not to love? A well written story, with calming music on every page. Easy to touch buttons for the tiniest of fingers, soothing tunes and visually stunning illustrations all bring this book to life! Parents can use this book to calm baby down before bedtime for a soothing nights sleep.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 231 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Excellent bedtime read” and “makes a calming read”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Black and White Board Book

Squeaky Baby Bath Book

  • What’s the story: Make baby bath time fun with this squeaky animal baby bath book. Perfect for in the bath or for high-chair play. This book has waterproof pages which babies will love to squish and bright pictures of baby animals! Discover a piglet, duckling, elephant, and baby penguin who squeaks, each with a word book label, making this baby-learning bath book clear and simple.
  • Why we love it: With its BPA-free, non-toxic and wipe-clean, squishy pages, what’s not to love! It even has a built in squeaker and squashy pages to help introduce animals to your little one.
  • Reviews: Brilliant reviews. From 51 ratings 4.6 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Excellent value”, “Bright and Colourful” and “Great for teething babies”.
  • Reading Age: From birth – 3years
  • Published by: DK Children
  • Alternative: Baby Einstein - Splish Splash Bath: Bath Book (A Book in Four Languages)

That’s Not My Sloth…

  • What’s the story: Join five adorable sloths in this exciting addition to the much-loved That’s not my… series. As you move through the book, you will meet sloths with rough noses, furry legs and soft tummies.
  • Why we love it: The best part of this book has got to be the illustrations. Its bright pictures and textures to stroke on the adorable sloths are great to help babies develop their language skills. Its a real sensory book so if you have a baby who loves to touch and feel then this book is perfect!
  • Reviews: Superb reviews. From 1,304 ratings 90% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “simple but interactive”, “A great book to add to our collection” and “Totally cute”.
  • Reading Age: From birth – 3 years
  • Author: Fiona Watts
  • Alternative: That's Not My Squirrel...

Where’s Spot?

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Where's Spot?
20,959 Reviews
  • What’s the story: A Lift-the-Flap tale about going in search of the lovable puppy Spot! Lift each flap to find all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding.
  • Why we love it: This is the perfect first book for little ones. I just love the playful text that you can read together again and again. It has a fab Hide-and-seek element to it, which all babies love so much, with flaps to lift to encourage curiosity and interactivity. An added bonus is it has sturdy, toddler-tough flaps which we all know are essential for them little hands!
  • Reviews: Fantastic reviews. From 20,959 ratings 89% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “”, “A great book to add to our collection” and “Totally cute”.
  • Reading Age: Birth onwards
  • Author: Eric Hill
  • Alternative: Dear Zoo

Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet Book

  • What’s the story: That cheeky Peter Rabbit is hiding again, but can you find him? Push your finger through the hole, to make Peter Rabbit come alive and wiggle his way through the book.
  • Why we love it: Not only is this book utterly adorable , but its also a great way to introduce numbers and counting to even the youngest readers . It has a finger puppet of Peter Rabbit cleverly stitched into the book so it can’t get lost, and is used on every page to encourage interactive play, hand-eye coordination and language development.
  • Reviews: Beautiful reviews. From 2,291 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “”, “A beautiful story book” and “ Fun book for infants”.
  • Reading Age: Birth – 2 years
  • Author: Beatrix Potter
  • Alternative: Where is Peter Rabbit?

Baby’s Very First Touchy-feely Book

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Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Book
917 Reviews

  • What’s the story: Each board page has a picture with touchy-feely patches along with a simple description that will help babies learn to associate words and pictures.
  • Why we love it: I find this award winning book to be really appealing to babies, with his bright colours and illustrations. The textures are great for developing sensory awareness and language development, and because its a board book its hard wearing and easy for babies to grasp.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 917 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “most perfect first book for babies”, “Great first touchy-Feely book”
  • Reading Age: Birth – 2 years
  • Author: Fiona Watt
  • Alternative: Baby's Very First Touchy- Feely: Animals

First 100 words

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  • What’s the story: A classic book containing 100 colour photographs to look at and talk about. Throughout the book you will also find 100 simple first words for the young reader to learn.
  • Why we love it: A hardback, padded book by a beloved child educator. The pages are made from tough boards so are sturdy enough for little hands (and little teeth) and with a gorgeous soft padded cover this book stands out on any bookshelf. Not only does it contain the essential first words and pictures for hours of fun but it will support early reading skills as your child develops into an independent reader making it great value for money.
  • Reviews: Incredible reviews. From 27,694 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Eye-catching”, “a great buy” and “a superb find”
  • Reading Age: Birth – 3 years
  • Author: Roger Priddy
  • Alternative: My First Words Lets Get Talking

Where’s Mr Duck?

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  • What’s the story: Spend time with your little one as you explore the pages of this stunning book, looking for Mr Duck. Inside you will meet some beautifully illustrated animals like Mrs Butterfly, Mr Frog and Mrs worm who are all hiding behind colourful felt flaps. Will you see whose hiding today?
  • Why we love it: I adore this book, its so much fun but it can also withstand enthusiastic young readers with its thick board pages, meaning even the tiniest tot can enjoy it too. The retro bright illustrations captivate a young audience and keeps their attention making it the perfect book for sharing. A big plus to this book, is a surprise mirror at the end of the book which is always a big hit with little ones!
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 2,548 ratings 4.8 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Amazing book” “durable for little ones” and “adorable and interactive”
  • Reading Age: Suitable from birth
  • Author:  Ingela P Arrhenius
  • Alternative: Where's Mr Lion

Find The Duck

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  • What’s the story: Find the famous Usborne Yellow duck on each page of the book, whilst looking at and talking about the many other things happening in the picture.
  • Why we love it: Firstly, the amazing illustrations by Stephen Cartwright are sure to please everyone, along with the fun game of ‘looking for something’ which we know young children love. Young babies will enjoy this being read aloud learning new words and simple concepts like ‘Too high’ and ‘Too big’. One of the good points about this book, is that it will grow with your child, so from reading it aloud to a baby, to your child learning to search and find the duck ,its a sure winner with a long shelf life!
  • Reviews: Wonderful reviews. From 924 ratings 76% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “a sweet book to read together”, “an ideal gift” and “a classic”
  • Reading Age: Birth – 3 years
  • Author: Claudia Zeff
  • Alternative: Spot goes to the Farm

Mother Goose Treasury

  • What’s the story: A beautiful book to cuddle up to at any time night or day. Take a look through the lovely pictures as you share the familiar nursery rhymes with your little one .Let Mother Goose, kings, and twinkling stars take your imagination to far off places. This book includes a collection of magical, well-loved tales paired with playful illustrations such as ‘Do You Know the Muffin Man’, ‘This is the Way’, ‘It’s Raining It’s Pouring’, ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’, ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’, and more!
  • Why we love it: This book is the perfect book to help support and encourage the bond between you and your baby. Many of these classics I’m sure you grew up with as a child so why not share the love and joy these rhymes bring! I think this makes the perfect gift for any occasion because of the presentation and chunky-ness of the book.
  • Reviews: Exceptional reviews. From 2,931 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Eye-catching”, “a beautiful keepsake” and “nicely illustrated”
  • Reading Age: Read aloud from Birth – 8 years
  • Author: Parragon books
  • Alternative: Illustrated Nursery Rhymes

The Animal Orchestra Plays Mozart

  • What’s the story: Discover the magic and wonder of Mozart’s music by pressing the buttons to hear the enchanting tunes in this gorgeously illustrated book. The animal orchestra travel through the forest playing five different pieces of Mozart’s music and telling everyone a little bit about the extraordinary composer as they go. This is a perfect introduction to one of the greatest composers of all time.
  • Why we love it: It has to be the spellbinding music that this book has to offer. What a great way to soothe your baby and introduce them to Mozart .It has easy buttons that just take a soft touch so easy for the very young to master. Its an unusual sound book ,not like many we’ve seen but it comes with beautiful illustrations to make this book one to remember.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 51 ratings 4.7 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “pleasantly surprised” and “Makes a nice change to find a different book”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 2 years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: The Carnival of the Animals

Oh Dear!

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  • What’s the story: Buster’s staying with Grandma on the farm. But where will he find the eggs for breakfast? Not in the stable – oh dear! Follow Buster around the farm to see if you can help!
  • Why we love it: This book was very popular with our own children, its very appealing with its bright, bold artwork. The text is simple but catchy so your child will be repeating Oh Dear! for a long time to come!  Sturdy thick board pages, chunky cased cover and strong flaps make it great for little hands. This book is fantastic for babies to listen to because of the repetitive nature of the book. The repeated refrains make it a great book for language and communication development. A classic Rod Campbell book!
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 4,010 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Timeless” and “Fun and informative”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Rod Campbell
  • Alternative: It's Mine!

Quiet Time

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  • What’s the story: Little children can curl up for a peaceful moment in the middle of a busy day with this soothing music book. Simply press the pages to hear five calming classical tunes, including music by Mozart and Schubert. With delightful illustrations by Alison Friend, showing baby animals enjoying the music.
  • Why we love it: What’s not to love? A well written story, with calming music on every page. Easy to touch buttons for the tiniest of fingers, soothing tunes and visually stunning illustrations all bring this book to life! Parents can use this book to calm baby down before bedtime for a soothing nights sleep.
  • Reviews: Fabulous reviews. From 231 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Excellent bedtime read” and “makes a calming read”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Sam Taplin
  • Alternative: Calming Music Book

Baby Touch: Vehicles Tab Book

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Baby Touch: Vehicles Tab Book
550 Reviews

  • What’s the story: A popular Interactive touch-and-feel tab book from Ladybird’s best-selling Baby Touch series. Vehicle-shaped tabs help your baby to turn the pages and find and name the different bright vehicles throughout, from cars and trains to helicopters and diggers.
  • Why we love it: This book offers lots of stimulation which is essential to a baby’s development. Throughout the book there are touch-and-feel areas to stroke and talk about giving the opportunity for lots of conversation and language development with your baby – which wheel feels bumpy? Which window feels shiny? along with boosting their motor skills. I love how each page features a different vehicle making this a perfect first word book for all young baby and toddler fans of things that go.
  • Reviews: Great reviews. From 55 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “baby friendly” and “best book for little ones”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 1 years
  • Author: Ladybird
  • Alternative: Baby Touch: Peekaboo


Guess How Much I Love You?

  • What’s the story: Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure.
  • Why we love it: The answer is in the title , I mean, how adorable is this book! An absolute favourite in many homes, this book is sure to be chosen again and again and become an absolute gem on the bookshelf. Perfect to read aloud to the very young, it’s sure to bring smiles to their faces as they grow up loving this book! I know many parents who say this book has become part of their everyday life, finding time and ways to express their love for one and other.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 5,456 ratings 90% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “a very beautiful story” and “The perfect bedtime read”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Sam McBratney
  • Alternative: I Love you Baby

Pop Up Peekaboo! Kitten

  • What’s the story: Discover cuddly and exciting characters in this charming Lift-The-Flap book! Puppy pops out of a pet carrier, Bunny pops out of a bunch of carrots, Froggy pops out of a bucket, and Lamb pops out of some daisies. Finally, Stripey Cat pops out of her basket to play with all of her stuffed-animal friends.
  • Why we love it: This award nominated book is ideal to read aloud to babies, and continues to entertain them as they grow, making it excellent value. The pages are very stimulating with its Pop Up pictures making it exciting and full of surprises. It also has rhyming text to encourage early word recognition and memory development. An all round fabulous book for the bookshelf.
  • Reviews: Outstanding reviews. From 260 ratings 79% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “a very much loved book” and “a great gift “
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: DK Children
  • Alternative: Pop Up Peekaboo! Puppies

Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes

  • What’s the story: This book, part of an award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. Featuring the well-known nursery rhyme and interactive text. The song can be sang as you turn each page, and look at the beautiful illustrations of the characters following the actions!
  • Why we love it: This book is a great way to introduce the youngest readers to books. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development. This book provides simple illustrations of the characters following the actions of the song, to visually help your baby to do the same. I also love on the back of the book, is the written music for the rhyme.
  • Reviews: Super reviews. From 1,130 ratings 75% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “nicely illustrated” and “Sturdy and colourful”
  • Reading Age: Birth to 3 years
  • Author: Annie Kubler
  • Alternative: Row, Row, Row your boat

When Should You Start Reading to Your Baby?

Its never too early!

Reading to your baby from the very beginning is the perfect way to start building that bond between you. It’s a great way to spend time together and has many benefits as they grow and develop.

Reading from birth will help your baby to feel safe and secure, supporting their emotional development as you give your baby some undivided attention.

The more words and sounds your baby hears in the first weeks and months can have a positive impact on their language skills, and gives your baby a great start to life.

Although your baby won’t understand what you are saying, the rhythms and sounds in your voice will help to stimulate their hearing and listening skills.

How To Introduce Babies To Books

Read out loud, Everyday!

You can read anything to a new-born baby, a cookbook or a novel, its not necessarily the content that matters in the very early days, it’s the sound of your voice and the closeness you bring. What’s important is that your baby is hearing your words.

Babies love hearing your tone and the rhythm in your voice, so start by reading out loud for a few minutes at a time, as your baby grows, the stories you read will become longer and you will begin to learn what your baby enjoys.

Let your baby explore the books in ways that interest them, grasping them, feeling them with their mouth and looking at them. The reading experience will become more meaningful if books are portrayed in a fun interesting way.

Top Tips on How to Read To The Very Young

  • Give your baby and the book your full attention.
  • Pick a book that you both enjoy, to keep you reading!
  • Don’t be embarrassed to make silly voices and get in character- it adds to the fun!
  • Engage with the story, and if you can, use visual aids to help tell it!

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