2016 Best Books for Babies

baby in glasses reading book with math formulasThe first step toward strong reading skills is a love for books and reading in general, and the list of the best books for babies on this page can provide an excellent starting point. Books that are colorful, funny and interesting for little ones can foster a love for books right off the bat.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best picks in baby books (age 0-2 years) for the spring and summer months of 2016. Rankings are based on two factors – overall popularity and consumer ratings. These are the ones that are parents are specifically searching for the most, choosing over the rest and reading with their little ones.

For shoppers: For each of the baby books in the list on this page, links are provided to purchase the book online from a trusted and safe merchant – online resources are hand-picked for online availability, security and price. Links to reviews are also provided, where available.

What’s Here:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Board Book) by Eric Carle
2. Goodnight Moon (Board Book) by Margaret Wise Brown
3. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
4. Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
5. Animals (Baby Touch and Feel) by DK Publishing
6. Zoom, Zoom, Baby! – A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz
7. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
8. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church
9. Corduroy by Don Freeman
10. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

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1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Board Book) by Eric Carle

A long-term favorite comes in first of the top 10 baby books for 2016 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

I read this story to my little boy almost every night before he goes to sleep. It is a household and childhood favorite, for sure. This tale follows a very hungry caterpillar as he eats and eats more to grow fatter. Eventually, he cocoons, then emerges a beautiful, colorful butterfly.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1994, Board Book, Mini Edition)

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2. Goodnight Moon (Board Book) by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown comes in next as a returning favorite among the best baby books this year.

This book is a sweet classic! I consider it a childhood must-read. The story is all about little bunny, a tired youngster who really wants to stay awake. So, he says goodnight to everything he sees to keep himself from sleeping. As little bunny gets sleepier, the pictures get dimmer.

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Goodnight Moon Lap Edition Board book By Margaret Wise Brown

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3. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

Next on our list for 2016 – First 100 Words by Roger Priddy.

When your kiddo is on the verge of learning new, exciting words, give them an encouraging nudge in the right direction. This picture and word association book features 100 simple must-know words, like baby, banana, cat, dog, apple, and duck.

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First 100 Words Board Book by Roger Priddy Early Learning Children's Books

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4. Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church

A lovely story! Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church is another top favorite among books for babies this year.

It is so cute when babies discover their fingers and toes! Their eyes fill with wonder, and of course they immediately shove all of their digits in their mouth. Drool everywhere! Haha. This book explains body parts to curious babies.

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5. Animals (Baby Touch and Feel) by DK Publishing

Yet another returning favorite marks a spot at #5 of the top baby books in 2016 – Animals by DK Publishing.

Babies develop their senses through constant use, which is why you often see a toddler putting everything in his mouth. This book, appropriately named Animals, features page upon page of furry, fluffy, scaly, sometimes odd, never slimy animals. Complete with texture pages that kids can rub, discover, associate, and explore.

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6. Zoom, Zoom, Baby! – A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz

Marking sixth of the best baby books 2016 – Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz.

Baby is out for a day on the town, riding in buses, cars, trucks, and lots of other fun, exciting, interesting vehicles. Youngsters flip the pages, lift the flip-up flaps, and discover where Baby has traveled to next. There are lots-a different, hidden animals to find in every picture, too.

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Zoom, Zoom, Baby!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen... by Karen Katz

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7. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Next – at #7 on the list – Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell.

Dear Zoo, another classic, has had a colorful makeover to bring out the crisp, bold colors. This storybook is all about finding the perfect pet, and one little boy discovers what his ideal animal companion would be. Features flip-up flaps.

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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book - Campbell, Rod - Board book

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8. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church

Ringing a familiar bell – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church also makes it to the “best of” list of books for babies in 2016.

Adorable, captivating, and wrapped in silvery foils, this beautiful book is the traditional lullaby: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Youngsters from around the world are drawn with their stuffed animals, stargazing at the brilliant, bright twinklers in the heavens. Lovin’ it!

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9. Corduroy by Don Freeman

Hitting 9th on the list – Corduroy by Don Freeman.

Corduroy is a fluffy, fuzzy, adorable little teddy bear, but he wakes up on his shelf to discover he is missing a button. Hopping off his shelf, he goes on a store-wide search for his button. It ends beautifully when a little girl buys Corduroy and gives him new buttons.

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Corduroy and Company : A Don Freeman Treasury by Don Freeman (2001, Hardcover)

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10. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

And – 2016’s final item on the list of the top ten baby books is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr..

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Not only is it an awesome story title, those string of words are simply super-fun to say. This book follows the ABCs as they climb the coconut tree, aiming to be the first letter to the top. Lovin’ the colorful pictures, funky letters, and simple words.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/09/16.

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