These books will introduce newborn babies and toddlers to the joy of reading. Browse this list of new and classic children's books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association
, and start reading to your baby today!
By Dawn Sirett
This lift-the-flap board book helps babies explore the world around them.
DK Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 9780756659165
When her dad pushes a young girl in a swing, she goes "higher, higher," until she reaches fantastical heights and meets an airplane, a rocket and even an alien!
By Leslie Patricelli
Candlewick, 2009. ISBN: 9780763632410
Rhymes Round the World
Rhymes and songs from across the globe will delight young children. Full-page illustrations dramatize the sense of play.
Compiled by Kay Chorao
Dutton, 2009. ISBN: 9780525478751
Shades of People
Beautiful full-color photographs of children, along with a simple text, highlight the many shades of skin color.
By Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly; photos by Shelley Rotner
Holiday, 2009. ISBN: 9780823421916
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town
Parents try to round up the letters of the alphabet as they "skitter-scatter, helter-skelter." Rhyming text and humorous illustrations highlight each letter until they are all finally asleep in bed.
By Judy Sierra; illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Knopf, 2009. ISBN: 9780375840029
Ten Tiny Babies
Babies enjoy a bouncy, noisy day until they are finally fast asleep at night.
By Karen Katz
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2008. ISBN: 9781416935469
I Heard a Little Baa
This lively rhyming book gives readers a chance to practice animal sounds, identify animals and guess what animal is coming up next.
By Elizabeth MacLeod; illustrations by Louise Phillips
Kids Can, 1998. ISBN: 9781550744965
Mr. Gumpy's Outing
On a perfect summer day, Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride on the river in his small boat. First he adds a boy and girl, and then an array of animals until the goat's kick causes a cumulative effect and everyone lands in the water. The book ends with a tea party for all.
By John Burningham
Holt, 1971. ISBN: 9780805007084
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A very hungry caterpillar works his way through holes cut into the pages as he eats a variety of food, spins his cocoon, and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
By Eric Carle
Collins, 1979. ISBN: 9780529007759
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