The 125 Best Books for Your Baby's Library
Important for fostering learning and imagination, books are useful (and charming) additions to your baby’s growing pile of stuff. With so many great reads out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when choosing the right ones for your child’s library.
So we’ve done all the hard work for you! This round-up of our favorite titles will help you build a collection full of inspiration, education, and joy. Simply click on any of the categories to see a list of books in that category.
Choosing What’s Right for Your Collection
There are literally thousands of amazing kid’s books out there, so don’t let this list limit you! Curating the right collection comes down to a matter of taste: what stories do you and your baby enjoy? Those are the ones to pick, reread, and pass down.
Are there particular animals your child loves the most? Try searching for books that feature those animals. Are there particular topics that consistently interest your child, like bugs, crafts, or trains? Chances are there are hundreds of choices in those topics alone. You can also look for a main character that reminds you of your child.
Another thing to think about is what lessons you want to teach your baby about the world. Children’s books, even simple early ones, have incredibly powerful themes like forgiveness, unconditional love, family relationships, loneliness, sharing, finding belonging, and the triumph of good over evil.
What are the lessons that have helped you most in life? Can you gravitate towards books that express those lessons? If those lessons are deeply meaningful to you, chances are they’ll be deeply meaningful to your child as well. Stories don’t just teach babies about numbers, colors, and shapes. Stories teach baby how to relate to others and face life’s obstacles in a way that is loving and brave. That’s why we love stories!
It’s a bit of an intimidating thought, but when you pick baby’s library, you are in many ways molding their character. Or to put it another way, you’re infusing baby with the love, compassion, and wisdom of hundreds of children’s storytellers. It’s exciting.
Good luck building your big, beautiful library! You’ll do great!