Bright Beginnings Booklist: Babies (0-23 months)

Recommended books for babies (0-23 months)

Compiled by:
Christina Jones
Baa Baa Black Sheep

Annie Kubler
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Funny babies dance along to this traditional song. An illustrated version of the classic children's rhyme "Baa baa, black sheep," with hand motions to help children develop a basic vocabulary in American Sign Language.

Baby Cakes

Theo Heras
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Put on an apron, gather ingredients, measure the flour try to keep kitty off the counter!

Baby Says Peekaboo!

Dawn Sirett
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

All kinds of baby faces appear under the flaps of this book. Happy babies, sad babies, and many others are all waiting to say hello to your baby. See Baby Roar! Roar! by the same author.

Baby Talk

Stella Blackstone
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Babies talk in all kinds of ways - and the people who love them talk back!

Black Bird, Yellow Sun

Steve Light
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

As a solitary black bird wings its way through the day, little ones are treated to a magnificent flight from one vibrant color to another.

Boats Go

Steve Light
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

In simple text this board book shows the different sea vessels and the noises they make.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

A rollicking rhyme with colorful pictures by Eric Carle introduce familiar animals.

Do Crocs Kiss?

Salina Yoon
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Rhyming text and flaps reveal a variety of wild animals and the sounds they make, including snakes, bears, and lions.


James Brown
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Introduce babies to the animal residents of a farm.

Five Little Ducks

Ivan Bates
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 398.8 Ba)

One by one, five little ducks wander away from their mother until her lonely quack brings them all waddling back.

Global Baby Bedtimes

Maya Ajmera
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

In pictures and simple text, babies in different countries and cultures go through the same rituals at bedtime.

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Send your baby off to sleep with this classic book that gently bids goodnight to all the things in a child's room.

Hush Little Baby

J. Brian Pinkney
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 782.421582 Pi)

Beautiful traditional lullaby in which a father promises the world to his restless baby daughter.

I Love You Nose! I Love You Toes!

Linda Davick
(Juvenile Picture Book -- Ej Davick)

In rhyming verse, a child celebrates each body part.

I Went Walking

Sue Williams
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Following along as a small boy wanders around a farm. Guess who he might meet next!

Kiss Baby's Boo-Boo

Karen Katz
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Young readers are invited to lift flaps to reveal the best ways to cure a boo-boo.

Let’s Get Dressed!

Caroline Jayne Church
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

A child identifies and puts on underwear, a shirt, pants, and socks in order to go outside and play.

Look Look!

Peter Linenthal
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

New babies will love to focus on these black and white illustrations that tell a simple story.

Moo, Baa, La La La!

Sandra Boynton
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Animal sounds and serious silliness for all ages.

My Colors = Mis Colores

Rebecca Emberley
(Espanol Board Book -- Baby Book)

Colorful illustrations introduce babies to name colors in English and Spanish.

My First Songs

Tomie dePaola
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Gentle illustrations accompany a variety of traditional songs.

One, Two, Three, Mother Goose

edited by Iona Opie
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

A collection of counting rhymes for little ones.

Orange, Triangle, Fox

Sarah Jones
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Introduces young readers to colors, shapes, and animals.


Marie Torres Cimarusti
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ci)

Giggle along as barnyard friends play peek-a-boo in their own special way.


Elizabeth Verdick
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

 It's playtime for baby--come join the fun!


Virginie Graire
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Illustrations introduce shapes to young readers, including a rectangle, circle, triangle, and diamond, in a book with die-cut pages.

Tails Chasing Tails

Matthew Porter
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

The reader follows a parade of colorful animals, where the animal on one page is chasing the tail of the animal on the next.

Tap the Magic Tree

Christie Matheson
(Juvenile Picture Book -- Ej Matheson)

Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves. Available as a Picture book and as a Board Book.

Thank You!

Ethan Long
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Parent and child pairs (both animal and human) say "thank you" to each other.

Toot! Toot! : Guess the Instrument

(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

What's that noise? Lift the flap to find out.

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Peter Sís
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Si)

A little boy gets lots of help from all kinds of trucks!

Where Does Maisy Live?

Lucy Cousins
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Lift the flaps and discover where Maisy and friends live in this colorful board book.

Where's Spot?

Eric Hill
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hi)

Spot is nowhere to be found. Lift the flaps to find Spot, so that he may have his dinner!

White on Black

Tana Hoban
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

New babies will love focusing on the high contrast black and white illustrations, while you talk about each object. of this book.

Whose Baby Am I?

John Butler
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 591.39 Bu)

Name the parent of each adorable animal baby as you turn the page.

You Are One

Sara O'Leary
(Juvenile Picture Book -- Ej Oleary)

So much changes in just a year. From a tiny babe to the first steps toward toddlerhood, a baby grows and changes in leaps and bounds.

You and Me, Baby

Lynn Reiser
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Bright color photos depict babies and their mothers engaging in playful, loving moments.