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First Library Essentials: The 10 Best Board Books For Babies

Jun 13 2012 - 8:17am

Your baby doesn't have to be old enough to understand a book's plot or storyline to develop a love of reading. Sharing a favorite story before bedtime is a routine that you can adopt from week one, as your lil one will love the soothing sound of Mom's or Dad's voice. We've rounded up 10 of our absolute favorite first board books for babies, all of which we think deserve a spot on your nursery's bookshelf.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises

An excellent introduction to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? [1] is a fun book for babies who are learning to make sounds and repeat their parents.

Pat the Bunny Board Book

A staple of nursery bookshelves for more than 60 years, Pat the Bunny [2] features touch-and-feel pages in the form of a spiral-bound board book.

Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book

Toes, Ears, & Nose! [3] introduces baby to basic anatomy through its interactive peekaboo pages.

On the Night You Were Born

The story of On the Night You Were Born [4] acknowledges each child's specialness through beautiful prose and illustrations.

The Going to Bed Book

The Going to Bed Book [5] is a Sandra Boynton classic, full of her signature silliness and adorable illustrations.


Caldecott winner Olivia [6] is the sweet story of a precocious, individualistic pig that should be revisited once your baby's a preschooler.

Snuggle Puppy! A Little Love Song

Based upon Sandra Boynton's beloved album, "Philadelphia Chickens," Snuggle Puppy! [7] is a textual love song from parent to child.

Guess How Much I Love You

The heartwarming, simple story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, Guess How Much I Love You [8] is a sweet, reassuring choice for lil ones.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle's baby-friendly prose and inventive illustrations make The Very Hungry Caterpillar [9] a great choice for the littlest of readers (or listeners).

Goodnight Moon

And of course, no top-10 list of books for baby would be complete without Goodnight Moon [10], a beloved bedtime story since it was first published in 1947.

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