Favorite Books For Babies And Toddlers.

1 year old reading a book on christmas morning

30+ Books for babies and toddlers, with BONUS: 5 gift ideas for dads.

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Just like my last post, Favorite Toys For Babies And Toddlers, this article contains all my favorite BOOKS for babies and toddlers that my daughter has shown special interest in since she was a baby.

It can be difficult for a baby or toddler to sit still long enough to finish a book, but the books in this post have had the most luck holding Mia’s attention. Nearly all the books listed are gender-neutral, and since it’s the holiday season, I’ve included our two favorite Christmas books.

Reading is important for growing minds, and it helps with the language development of babies and young children and allows them to expand their imaginations. I particularly love interactive books with flaps/touch and feel elements that involve not only the eyes and ears, but also their little hands.

Overall, this list contains more than 100 books if you count every book in each series mentioned. It is a great starting point to finding highly rated books your baby or toddler will love.

Below, I’ve separated the books into four categories, followed by the bonus section.

1. The Indestructibles Series

There are 45 books in the Indestructibles series for babies, which are chew proof, rip proof, non-toxic, and washable.

Indestructibles Series

2. High Contrast Series

There are 6 books in this series. High-contrast patterns and illustrations allow for newborn eyes to differentiate between the images on a page.

High Contrast Series

3. Baby Sees! Series

Another high-contrast series for babies as young as 6 weeks old who are beginning to discern colors. There are 4 board books in this series.

Baby Sees! Series

4. My First 100 Series

This series contains 8 books filled with vibrant pictures that are perfect for helping to teach babies their first words.

first 100 words

My First 100 Series

5. Little Hippo Touch And Feel Books

Board book series with interactive, silicone touch and feel elements.

little hippo baby animals

Little Hippo Touch And Feel Books

9. See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book

see touch feel book

See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book

10. Goodnight Moon

goodnight moon books for babies and toddlers

Goodnight Moon

11. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

dear zoo

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

12. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

brown bear brown bear - books for babies and toddlers

Brown Bear, Brown Near, What Do You See?

13. Open The Barn Door…

open the barn door - books for babies and toddlers

Open The Barn Door…

14. Hello House

Also… Hello Garage, Hello Farm, and Hello Zoo by Nicola Slater

hello house

Hello House

15. Where’s Spot?

where's spot? - books for babies and toddlers

Where’s Spot?

16. Elmo’s Big Lift-And-Look Book

elmo's big lift and look flap book

Elmo’s Big Lift-and-Look Book

17. Around The Farm

18. P is for Potty

p is for potty

P is for Potty

19. Peppa’s Storybook Collection

peppa's storybook collection

Peppa’s Storybook Collection

20. Blippi 5 Minute Stories

blippi 5 minute stories

Blippi 5 Minute Stories

21. My Best Pop-up Noisy Train Book

my best pop up noisy train book

My Best Pop-up Noisy Train Book

22. Love You Hoo

love you hoo book - favorite books for babies and toddlers

Love You Hoo

25. The Night Before Christmas

the night before christmas - favorite books for babies and toddlers

The Night Before Christmas

26. Little Kids First Big Books Series

There are 21 books in this National Geographic series. It is marketed for ages 4-8, but Mia loves these books at age 3.

Image: amazon.com

first big book of bugs - books for babies and toddlers

Little Kids First Big Books

27. Pete the Kitty’s First Day of Preschool

Pete the Kitty's first day of preschool - books for babies and toddlers

Pete the Kitty’s First Day of Preschool

29. Don’t tickle the Tiger

don't tickle the tiger book - favorite books for bbies and toddlers

Don’t tickle the Tiger!

30. B is for Bedtime

be is for bedtime book - favorite books for babies and toddlers

B is for Bedtime

Please Note: These gifts have been pre-approved by my husband AKA the number 1 Dad in my life.

1. YETI Beer Can Koozie

My husband loves this koozie! Its only downfall is it does not float, which was discovered this past summer when it sank to the bottom of a lake. We quickly purchased another one once we returned home. (Peep my husband using this koozie in the photo in the next recommendation)

yeti rambler colster

YETI Rambler 12 oz. Colster Can Insulator for Standard Size Cans

2. Sunglasses

Almost every male I know owns a pair of these sunglasses, hence my husband and his cousin wearing them in the photo. They look good on just about anyone.

holbrook sunglasses oakley

Oakley – Holbrook™

3. Thompson Tee

Sweat-proof men’s undershirts that my husband swears by.

Image: thompsontee.com

thompson tee


4. Electric Shaver

My husband has used the older version of this shaver since I bought it for him in 2015, and it is still going strong.

Philips Norelco Shaver 2300 Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Comfort Cut Blades, 4D Flex Heads & Pop-Up Trimmer

5. Airpods

These 2nd gen Apple Airpods offer up to 2x more active noise-cancelling and feature a sleek and comfortable design.

Apple AirPods Pro

I hope this list of my favorite books for babies and toddlers helps you on your journey to finding new books for the little ones in your life! As well as the gift recommendations for all the dads who work hard everyday and never expect anything in return.

Hi! I'm Kim.

A Registered Nurse turned stay-at-home mom to one lively little girl. I created this blog to share all things motherhood with an emphasis on the dynamic of parenting a single child. As this blog grows, you’ll find the occasional heart-tugging post but much more regarding fun things to do with a toddler in the Chicagoland area, tips and tricks for traveling with a toddler, my favorite products for babies and toddlers – especially those that I’ve found to be petite friendly. And last but not least, all the best places to grab a delicious margarita during mommy downtime.

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