Must Have Books to Stock Your Baby's Library


Regardless if this is your first kid or your 5th kid, it's always fun to grow your children's library, and books make the best gifts as well. If you're looking for a list of wonderful children's books organized into easy-to-classify categories, you've come to the right place!


One of the best investments you can make in your child's future is reading with your child every day. I can't stress enough the importance of reading early on and getting kids to be excited about books. We started reading to my daughter at 2 months and at 10 months old, her favorite things are still books. We have a few crates of books and a few totes of toys in her nursery, but she always gravitates towards the book bin as she loves pulling the books out and looking through them. Even at 10 months, she loves being read to, looking at the pictures, and turning the pages on her own. Start good habits early, and as always, keep the end goal in mind!

If you are starting a registry, one of the things you'll want to include is books for baby! Below I've made a list of some of my favorite baby and children's books with many of them transitioning well into toddlerhood and early childhood. Find them on Amazon!

If you are having a baby shower, another great idea is for the hostess to include an insert in the invite to bring a baby book instead of a card. My friend included this cute poem insert below in the shower invite. This was one of my favorite things at one of my baby showers as each person brought a book and included a handwritten message inside for our daughter which we read each time we open the book.


Savvy Shopper Tip: Another way to stock your library is to check out books at consignment sales. We have a variety of books - both previously loved and brand new. A child won't know the difference either of course!


And BONUS for anyone that loves FREE books... Keep reading to find out how to get a free book every 1-2 months for children from birth to age 5!

LOVE FOR BABY / CHILD:

  • I've Loved You Since Forever (Tender book that demonstrates timeless love between a parent and child)

  • I Love You to the Moon and Back (Sweet rhyming book with lovely illustrations)

  • Welcome Little One (A precious tribute to babies and the joy they bring; perfect gift for new parents)

  • I Wish You More (Encouraging, inspirational, and uplifting book for kids)

  • When I Pray for You (Beautifully written this book is packed with heartfelt emotion and affirmations. Great gift too for Baptisms and Baby Dedications)

  • Mama Loves You So (Lovely lullaby texts and beautiful illustrations - perfect for new parents)

  • Guess How Much I Love You (Another classic that illustrates the endless love a parent has for a child)

  • Bear Hugs (Charming rhyming book with cute illustrations and adorable nicknames)

  • I Prayed for You (Sweet book about praying for you child daily, in the eyes of a Mama Bear)

  • My Dad Loves Me! (Precious book that simply illustrates the way a Dad loves his child)

  • My Mom Loves Me! (Same as above book, but from a Mom's perspective)

  • Love You Forever (A classic with the unforgettable poem, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, My baby you'll be.")



TIMELESS / CLASSIC BOOKS:


PERSONALIZED BOOKS:

Personalized books are a huge hit for your littles and also make amazing gifts that parents and children will be so thankful for!

  • Goodnight Little <Insert Chlid's Name> (This lovely book can be customized with any name. Each page has beautiful pictures with the baby's name incorporated into the beautiful illustrations. This is a fan favorite for sure!)



UNIQUE BOOKS:

  • P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever (A quirky and amusing book that uses alliteration while giving great examples of words that defy the standard rules)

  • Shine-a-Light Flashlight Books (Use a flashlight behind each page to see the hidden images on the page! These books are one of my favorite books to give as gifts as they are not only unique but fun, interactive, and informative. They have so many different topics: the Farm, Dinosaurs, Seashore, Space, Human Body, Wonders of the USA, and so many more!)



LEARNING BOOKS:

COUNTING BOOKS:


COLORS:

  • What Makes a Rainbow (This is a fun interactive way to learn about colors, rainbows, and other lessons as there are colored ribbons that accumulate on each page until the rainbow is complete on the last page)

  • Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors (Great for teaching colors to a very young children)

  • Mix it Up (Interactive book for toddlers learning colors. Each page shows what happens when you mix or manipulate colors. Think finger paint style. It's both visually simple and stunning!)

  • Splatter (A cute story about colors but also includes lessons in teamwork, cooperation and collaboration)

  • Colors: (This boardbook is perfect for babies and toddlers)


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