Bright Beginnings Booklist: Babies (0-23 months)

Recommended books for babies (0-23 months)

Compiled by:
Ginny H.
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.

Besos for Baby

Jen Arena
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language!

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.

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.


James Brown
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Introduce babies to the animal residents of a farm.

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 Am a Baby

Kathryn Madeline Allen
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Photographs depict babies from different families engaged in a variety of activities.

I Can, Can You?

Marjorie Pitzer
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Come along with these babies and toddlers with Down syndrome as they discover their world and enjoy new experiences.

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.

Kiss by kiss : Ocêtôwina

Richard Van Camp
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Count your kisses with baby in this delightful dual-language rhyming board book, written in English and Plains Cree.

Let’s Get Dressed!

Caroline 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.

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.

One, Two, Three, Mother Goose

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!

Pride Colors

Robin Stevenson
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

In this photographic concept book, babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.


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.

Thank You!

Ethan Long
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

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

That’s Not My Elephant

Fiona Watt
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

A textured touch and feel baby book that features a toddler searches for a specific elephant.

Through the Town

Craig Shuttlewood
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Die-cut grooves invite small fingers to follow the snake through the town.

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!

Upsy-Daisy, Baby!

Susan Hughes
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby.

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.

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.

Who? A Celebration of Babies

Robie H. Harris
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

This board book shows babies and the ones they love.

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.