Favorite Books for New Babies

If you're headed to a baby shower, or you want to gift new parents the perfect book for their bundle of joy, you've got to look beyond Goodnight, Moon (although of course, we have that too). Here are some of our staff favorites to recommend for baby gifts: books for the newborn, books for siblings, books they can grow into, and books that are great for both the adults and the babies.

My Animals (BabyBasics) By Xavier Deneux, Xavier Deneux (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Xavier Deneux, Xavier Deneux (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9791027601370
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock
Published: Twirl - April 5th, 2016

"In one word: perfect." –Kirkus Reviews

Black. White. Bright and just right for baby! The adorably illustrated animals, unexpected splashes of bright colors, and animal name labels on every spread with delight young readers again and again.

• Interactive peek-a-boo holes allow toddlers to grab and turn each page themselves.


All the World By Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781416985808
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 8th, 2009

All the world is here.

It is there.

It is everywhere.

All the world is right where you are.

Now.


I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home Board Book By Kathryn Cristaldi, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062574220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperFestival - December 15th, 2020

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.


Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story By Salina Yoon Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780802737311
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - July 22nd, 2014

Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon introduces readers to a beloved character in Penguin and Pinecone--a board book about friendship that will warm your heart!


Journey By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.


Quest By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665951
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

Aaron Becker, creator of Journey, a Caldecott Honor book, presents the next chapter in his stunning wordless fantasy.


Return By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677305
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

Welcome the much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless trilogy—a spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home.


Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

#1 New York Times bestseller
TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year
NPR Best Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2017


What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593206751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 6th, 2020

An instant New York Times bestseller!

From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator and illustrator of The Crayons' Christmas, comes a gorgeously told father-daughter story and companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are!

What shall we build, you and I?
Let's gather all our tools for a start.


Bear Is a Bear By Jonathan Stutzman, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062880512
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 14th, 2021

A gorgeous, classic gift book about the enduring love between a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear, from popular author Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat.

Bear is . . . a new friend, a fellow mischief-maker, a protector, and a dreamer.


Gossie Board Book (Gossie & Friends) By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780618747917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - February 12th, 2007

The first book in the preschool-perfect Gossie & Friends series by Olivier Dunrea about a small yellow gosling who goes looking for her missing boots and finds a new friend.

Gossie is a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day. But one morning she can't find them!


TummyTime(R): Happy Baby (TummyTime®) By duopress labs, Violet Lemay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By duopress labs, Violet Lemay (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781947458796
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: duopress - September 17th, 2019

Make the best of tummy time with your baby with this two-in-one fold-out book of festive babies!


Global Babies By The Global Fund for Children Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781580891745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2007

Meet babies from around the world in this best-selling celebration of global heritage! First in the photo-illustrated Global Babies board book series.

From Guatemala to Bhutan, vibrant color photographs embrace our global diversity and give glimpses into the daily life, traditions, and clothing of babies from around the world.


You Are New By Lucy Knisley Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781797219677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 14th, 2023

A sweet look at the first year of a baby’s life from bestselling author Lucy Knisley—now in board book format!

A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book.


A B See By Elizabeth Doyle, Elizabeth Doyle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Doyle, Elizabeth Doyle (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481436991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Simon - July 21st, 2015

A beautifully illustrated, graphic alphabet book with a fun search-and-find twist.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s in a single letter? Everything in A B See!

Because hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A?


When You Were New By Jennifer Harris, Lenny Wen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer Harris, Lenny Wen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063137196
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: HarperCollins - March 21st, 2023

For fans of Dear Girl and Guess How Much I Love You, this picture book celebrates the joys of early childhood and all the first-time experiences that are exciting for parents and children, including beach days, befriending the family dog, story time on the couch, and so much more!


One Day By Joanna Ho, Faith Pray (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Faith Pray (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063056923
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: HarperCollins - March 14th, 2023

"An affirming and enchanting love letter from parent to child." — Kirkus (starred review)

"The heartfelt title will be welcomed by new parents as the narrator voices the universal dream of wishing the best in life for their newborn." —Booklist


In Every Life: (Caldecott Honor) By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665912488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - February 7th, 2023

This Caldecott Honor picture book is a simple and profound meditation on the many wonders of life from three-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee.

In every life, there is love and loss, hope and joy, wonder and mystery.


The Night Wild By Zoë Tilley Poster, Zoë Tilley Poster (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553786
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Dial Books - July 19th, 2022

A stunningly illustrated picture book debut about a dog's fantastical moonlit adventure and wild new friendship.


Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood By Lucy Knisley Cover Image
$14.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781250211491
Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Padded Board Book By Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547366203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - August 23rd, 2010

From two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, here is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!


I'll Hold Your Hand By Maggie C. Rudd, Elisa Chavarri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maggie C. Rudd, Elisa Chavarri (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780374391430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 26th, 2023

This sweet picture book celebrates a parent's love and support of a child through life's milestones, from learning to walk to the first day of school and all the highs and lows in between.

From the night you arrive to your first night away,
from learning to crawl to healing a broken heart,
and for all the highs and lows in between. . .


Welcome, Little One By Sophie Beer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781761211331
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hardie Grant - September 5th, 2023

Welcome, little one, to our little world. We’ve been waiting a whole lifetime to meet you.   Beautifully and boldly illustrated, Welcome, Little One is all about introducing a new baby to their little world. There’s the blanket to keep them warm, the family dog who will teach them friendship and the bedroom window as a gateway to wonder and adventure.


Indestructibles: Baby Faces: A Book of Happy, Silly, Funny Faces: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780761168812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - May 22nd, 2012

Share baby’s many moods in a book that’s indestructible! 
 
Are you feeling happy? Hurray!
Are you feeling sad? Boo-hoo!
Are you feeling hungry? Yum-yum!
 

Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time.


Indestructibles: Baby Animals: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780761193081
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 4th, 2017

Teach baby all about baby animals in a book that’s indestructible!
 
Baby likes to play in the bath. So does baby elephant!
Baby likes to eat. So do baby monkey and baby chipmunk!
Baby loves to make noise!


Indestructibles: Things That Go!: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Vehicle Books, Safe to Chew) By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton Cover Image
By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton
$5.99
ISBN: 9780761193623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 4th, 2017

Learn all about things that go in a book that’s indestructible.
 
Baby’s driving down the road. Look, a truck!
Baby’s flying in the air.


Indestructibles: Baby Night-Night: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780761181828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 26th, 2014

Snuggle up at bedtime with a book that’s indestructible!
 
Baby takes a bath. Splash!
Baby puts on pajamas. Cozy!
Baby gets kisses. Night-night! 

 
Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time.


Indestructibles: Baby Babble: A Book of Baby's First Words: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780761168805
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Workman Publishing Company - May 22nd, 2012

Share baby’s first words in a book that’s indestructible!
 
Baby’s at the table—spoon, banana, cheese.
Baby’s in the house—lamp, socks, crib.
Baby’s looking out the window—cloud, boat, truck!
 

Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time.


Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time.


Indestructibles: Baby Peekaboo: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Kate Merritt (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780761181811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 26th, 2014

Play peekaboo with baby in a book that’s indestructible!
 
Who’s hiding behind the curtains? It’s Mommy!
Who’s playing behind the toys? It’s Puppy!
Who’s hiding under the covers? It’s Baby!

 
Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time.


Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat!: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Safe to Chew) By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by) Cover Image
By Stephan Lomp (Illustrator), Amy Pixton (Created by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781523502073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 3rd, 2018

Explore a rainbow of delicious foods in a book that’s indestructible!
 

What green vegetable looks like a tree? Broccoli!
Can you find a fruit that’s small and yellow? Lemon!
Can you pick out two berries so red and sweet?