The 10 Best Books for Your Baby in 2019

Make reading time a joy for both you and your little one

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First Look

Best Overall: Goodnight Moon at Amazon.

"A perfect book to unwind to after a long day. A small tale of good nights until morning lights."

Best Classic: The Cat in the Hat at Amazon.

"This classic is a cute story of what happens when a mischievous cat comes to call while a mother is out."

Best Classic Runner-Up: Brown Bear, Brown Bear at Amazon.

"Have a rhyming good time as you follow Brown Bear around watching life through his eyes."

Best Prenatal: Oh Baby! The Places You'll Go at Amazon

"A quite cute collection of the poems and rhymes of Dr. Seuss."

Best with Textures: Pat the Bunny at Amazon.

"This old favorite is still a hit. The words are simple and the textures amazing for little ones."

Best for the Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are at Amazon.

"This delightful story follows Max as he sails from his bedroom in search of a land where he is king."

Best Poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends at Amazon.

"A great collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. These poems are great for kids of all ages."

Best for New Readers: Hop on Pop at Amazon.

"A quick little book that teaches beginning sight words while having a rhyming good time!"

Best About a Mother's Love: Mama, Do You Love Me? at Amazon.

"A great snuggle time book, for before naps, bed or just anytime you want to express your love."

Best About a Mother's Love Runner-Up: Love You Forever at Amazon.

"About a mother's love through the years and how she teaches her son to love his children by example."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Goodnight Moon

Good Night Moon
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This book belongs in every nursery. A perfect book to unwind to after a long day. A small tale of good nights until morning lights.

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Best Classic: The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat
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Babysitter needed, cats need not apply! This classic is a cute story of what happens when a mischievous cat comes to call while a mother is out. They play lots of fun games and have lots of wild fun, but what do you do when mother is coming?

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Best Classic Runner-Up: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
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Have a rhyming good time as you follow Brown Bear around watching life through his eyes. A great book for all ages.

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Best Prenatal: Oh Baby! The Places You'll Go

Oh, The Places You'll Go!
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This book written by Mrs. Seuss, Tish Rabe, is a quite cute collection of the poems and rhymes of Dr. Seuss. The sing singy tale will delight even the youngest reader and as the subtitle suggests it is a book to be read "in Utero."

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Best with Textures: Pat the Bunny

Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)
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This old favorite is still a hit. The words are simple and the textures amazing for little ones. It also makes a great baby shower gift!

6

Best for the Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
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While it may be too early to send your little one to bed without supper, poor Max can sure spin a tall tale. This delightful story follows Max as he sails from his bedroom in search of a land where he is king and dinner is always at his beck and call.

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Best Poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends
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Here is a great collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. These poems are great for kids of all ages. Some are silly, some are rhyming... but they are always a lot of fun!

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Best for New Readers: Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop
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A quick little book that teaches beginning sight words while having a rhyming good time! Up pup! Pup is up! Great fun for even the youngest readers.

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Best About a Mother's Love: Mama, Do You Love Me?

Mama, Do You Love Me?
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The story of love through the eyes of a wee one, in asking the question, "Mama, do you love me?" A great snuggle time book, for before naps, bed or just anytime you want to express your love.

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Best About a Mother's Love Runner-Up: Love You Forever

Love You Forever
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This book always brings me to tears as it talks about a mother's love through the years and how she teaches her son to love his children by example – even when times are rough.

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