Bright Beginnings Booklist: Babies (0-23 months)

Recommended books for babies (0-23 months)

Compiled by:
Christina Jones
Animal Noises

Stephen Cartwright
(Juvenile Board Book - Baby Book)

Simple illustrations depict familiar animals and the sounds they make.

Baby Faces

Margaret Miller
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Babies will enjoy these close-up pictures of baby faces with different expressions.

Barnyard Dance

Sandra Boynton
(Juvenile Board Book - Baby Book)

Clap and laugh along as silly barnyard critters have a hoedown.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Jr.
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

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

Busy Barnyard

John Schindel
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Colorful photos show barnyard friends in sweet, humorous situations.

Clap Hands

Helen Oxenbury
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Gentle pictures of babies doing favorite movements.

Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Lift the flaps to see what animals are sent from the zoo to a child who wants a pet.

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.

Freight Train

Donald Crews
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 625.1 Cre)

Follow along as a colorful train whizzes through cities, tunnels, and bridges.

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 Kissed the Baby

Mary Murphy
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu)

All the animals are happy about the arrival of the new baby.

I like it when--,

Mary Murphy
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu)

Cuddle together as you read this book about sharing moments throughout the day.

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!

I'm a Little Teapot!

Annie Kubler
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Chubby babies dance along to this traditional song.

Look at Baby's House!

Peter Linenthal
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

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

Look at That! Wild Animals

Guido Van Genechten
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Colorful illustrations show friendly animals.

Look at You! A Baby Body Book

Kathy Henderson
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 612 Hen)

Bright illustrations capture different babies as the text describes all the things they can do with their bodies.

Maisy Goes to the Library

Lucy Cousins
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Maisy and her friends explore all the fun things to do at the library.

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.


Marie Torres Cimarusti
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ci)

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

Peekaboo Morning

Rachel Isadora
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Is)

Try and guess who is playing peek-a-boo with this cheerful toddler.

Playtime Rhymes for Little People

Clare Beaton
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 398.8 Be)

A collection of traditional nursery rhymes that will get your toddler laughing and playing.


Sally Sutton
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Big machines work hard and make lots of sounds in this sturdy board book.

Silly Little Goose!

Nancy Tafuri
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ta)

Laugh along as a goose tries lots of silly places to build a nest.

Spot's First Shapes

Eric Hill
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Using simple illustration and textures, Spot the puppy explores basic shapes.

The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!

Mo Willems
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Laugh along as Pigeon reacts to all of his favorite vehicles -- even a hot dog!

This Little Chick

John Lawrence
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej La)

Rhyme and make the sounds of all the barnyard critters in the little chick's farm.

Tomie's Little Mother Goose

Tomie dePaola
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Familiar rhymes are joined by sweet pictures in this gentle introduction to Mother Goose.

Touch and Feel: Fire Engine

Andy Crawford
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Explore fire engines through color photos and a variety of textures.

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 is Baby's Mommy?

Karen Katz
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

Lift the flaps to find baby's mommy in this cheerful home.

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 and Me, Baby

Lynn Reiser
(Juvenile Board Book -- Baby Book)

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