Early education: Books for Babies

Recommended Books for Babies

Few joys compare to that of reading your child her favorite storybook as you tuck her into bed at night.

The list of books to choose from is endless, and if you're a first-time parent, you might not be sure which will appeal to your child.

You can't go wrong with BrillBaby's top 5 list of baby reading books:

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

Goodnight Moon puts your baby to bed alongside a little rabbit who doesn't want to go to sleep! As evening turns to night and the lights dim, the rabbit says goodnight to anything and everything around it.

A story told in soothing rhymes with wonderful illustrations, Goodnight Moon makes a perfect addition to your child's collection of baby reading books.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Perhaps the most classic of all baby reading books, We're Going On A Bear Hunt is the story of a family who journey over all kinds of terrain and obstacles to catch a bear. When they finally find the bear, he chases them all the way home!

With its memorable cadence and sound effects, this story is great for the whole family to act along with.


by Mick Inkpen

A little princess trying to sleep is kept up by all the noise going on outside her castle!

Like other baby reading books, this story is full of funny lines and illustrated with colorful, adorable cartoons. But unlike other baby reading books, each page of this endearing story folds out to reveal the characters making all of the hullabaloo!


by Rufus Butler Seder

While not on the list of time-honored baby reading books, this newcomer boasts illustrations using trademarked Scanimation technology. Parents and children will be fascinated by monkeys that swing across the page, eagles that soar, and of course, horses that gallop!

Coupled with fun, onomatopoeic text describing the animals' movements, Gallop is the most popular of recently released baby reading books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Fondly loved by little ones the world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must-have in any library of baby reading books. The celebrated book has over 25 million copies in print, and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

Featuring big, simplistic artwork illustrated in bright, eye-catching colors, the story tells of a caterpillar's journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

We hope these suggestions will help you get started on the way to many memorable storybook sessions with your child. Of course, there are many more fantastic baby reading books out there that will only increase your child's love of books, and so make it easier to teach him to read.

For more on the benefits of teaching reading early, go to Why Teach Reading Early?