10 Must-Have Books For Your Baby's First Library

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents read aloud to children every day starting as early as birth. There are so many benefits to reading out loud to babies and toddlers. Reading teaches a baby about communication, introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes, builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills and gives babies information about the world around them.

As your child gets older, the benefits of reading continue to grow. Reading with toddlers promotes communication skills, introduces grammar and phonics and helps brain development. Most of all, reading is a special bonding time for parents and children.

What are some of the best books to start with? A few of the classics below are good picks.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

brown bear

By Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

With brightly colored images and rhymes and repetition, this classic picture book is easy on the ears and great starter book for children. The question-and-answer format invites young listeners to participate in "reading" the book.




By Don Freeman

This adorable, timeless classic is a story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship and a new home. He finds both and shares a beautiful lesson for young children.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

This story is well-loved by many for its stunning color and the interactive tale of a small caterpillar who eats too many sweets. Little fingers will enjoy poking the holes the caterpillar leaves behind as he munches his way through the story.


Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown

The poetic story follows a little rabbit preparing for bed as he says goodnight to everything in his room, and the world outside his window. This classic bedtime story features black-and-white drawings alternating with the boldly colored illustrations of the room and is a wonderful bedtime book for young readers.


Yummy Yucky

Yummy Yucky

By Leslie Patricelli                                                                       

This interactive and silly book teaches children opposites. Yummy Yucky is sure to get your child laughing along with the very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of food opposites with comically dramatic effect.


Your First Word Will Be Dada

Your first Word Will Be DADA

By Jimmy Fallon

Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies' first word is "Dada!" One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how.


Baby Be Kind

Baby Be Kind

By Jane Cowen Fletcher

This is one of my favorite books. From taking turns to saying you’re sorry, trying not to be angry to giving a big hug, these simplest of gestures, show that being kind feels so good that even a baby will want to try it. The pictures are adorable and the book is a wonderful lesson is being a kind friend for kids and adults.


Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

By Anna Dewdney

This is a great story about children feeling sad or scared when mom is not right near. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message. This book is part of a big family of Llama Llama books, which are all rhyming stories, with loveable characters and relatable situations.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By Bill Martin Jr.

This book is a favorite of many parents. It helps familiarize children with letters in a silly way, with rhythmic text and bold cheerful art.


Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

By Sam McBratney

A parent’s love for their child cannot be measured. We know this-but do our little ones? How do we even go about explaining it? This charming book addresses that very question and gives parents a place to start when it comes to trying to convey their love in words.

Get Your Child a Book Subscription

Another wonderful gift option this holiday season is a subscription to My First Reading Club. This monthly service shares the joy of reading with children by delivering 3 books specially selected based on the child's age and parents' preferences. This gets kids excited about reading as they anticipate receiving their very own package of books every month.

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