Best Books for Baby’s First Bookshelf

Guest Blogger  //  Aug 31, 2021

Best Books for Baby’s First Bookshelf

Reading books with babies as soon as they’re born helps children develop literacy skills, bond with caregivers, and develop a lifelong love of reading! But what are the best books to choose? See below for some of our favorites, including beloved bestsellers, classics in the making, books with crinkly pages, books with loving messages, and more!

You can find more tips for creating your baby’s first bookshelf in last week’s blog post and at

Be Curious! By Joy Cho  

Follow one happy cat as she goes on a sensory adventure full of animal friends, joy, and of course, curiosity! Be Curious by lifestyle icon Joy Cho inspires little ones to embrace wonder and curiosity in all that they do.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae with illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees

A delightfully funny bestselling picture book and board book, Giraffes Can’t Dance shows little ones the importance of dancing to their own rhythm. 

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Little ones will laugh along as dinosaurs stomp, fuss, and jump on the bed in this award-winning bestseller. 

I Love You, Stinky Face! By Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore

This reassuring bedtime story highlights a parent’s unconditional love for her child, and will remind babies that they’re loved no matter what.

I Love You Through and Through by Caroline Jayne Church

A timeless classic, this rhyming, affirming story of love will make little ones feel special with every reading.

Lift the Flap: Look Who’s Mooing!

Teach your child to connect pictures, words, and sounds in this fun-filled sound book. They’ll love the interactive buttons and the adorable farm animals!

Little Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

The New York Times bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds inspires the youngest readers to find their own unique path to happy and to always follow their dreams.

My Tickle Toes by Carolina Búzio

An interactive cloth book with crinkle pages, My Tickle Toes will engage and delight the very youngest readers, inspiring lots of cuddles!

Shake Look Touch

This novelty cloth book from Scholastic Early Learners is designed for motor development, and comes with a rattle, a teether, and more!


Twinkle Twinkle You’re My Star! By Sandra Magsamen

This sweet interpretation of the classic song reminds little readers how loved they are, and the star-shaped finger puppet will entertain with every reading.


We Belong Together by Joyce Wan

With adorable illustrations, We Belong Together highlights pairs that go perfectly together, just like a parent and child.


Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes and Byran Collier

Welcome Precious is a gorgeous celebration of life, love, and family from award-winning creators Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier.