One of the most common questions I get asked is which books should a parent buy when they want to start building their baby’s library. So I have listed 12 boardbooks that are my baby’s favorite books. I have had most of them since she wasn’t even born and as a 20month old toddler, she makes me read them again and again and again until I finally tell her it’s now time for bed and we have to switch off the lights. I am sure new parents will find the below list helpful and will love sharing these books with your kids.

Each Peach Pear Plum: Very simple, lyrical, great to play I-spy with young children and beautiful illustrations.

Orange Pear Apple Bear: Super simple, great to learn colours, fruits, and funny.

What do we do with the Boo Hoo Baby? : So funny! A bunch of animals are trying to soothe a crying baby but the baby just won’t stay quiet no matter what they do. When he finally does become quiet, all the animals fall asleep exhausted and the baby quietly smiles over them. All the parents can identify with this book.

Dear Zoo : Again a funny book with lots of flaps and lots of animals to learn about.

Very Busy Spider: A touch and feel book by Eric Carle that teaches about perseverance, focus and hard work and also teaches a lot of animals and their sounds. My baby loves tracing her finger over the spider’s web.

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Good Night Moon: Soothing, simple, repetitive. Just perfect for babies to point and learn new words and wind down for the night.

Chika Chika Boom Boom: Great to learn alphabets in a singsong manner.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Eric Carls classic. One can never go wrong with this book. An absolute must have in every toddler’s library. The story of a tiny caterpillar that eats its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. So many things to take from this book, fruits, counting, colours, the lifecycle of a caterpillar, healthy eating habits.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See: Another classic Eric Carl book, great to learn colours and animals in a fun rhyming manner.

Guess How Much I Love You:

Baby: How much do you love me

Me: (Opens arms) This much (takes baby in for a big bear hug)

This book has a big brown hare and a little brown hare competing with each other to tell the other who loves who more. Sweet and heartwarming when the big brown hare whispers in the sleeping little brown hare’s ears, I love you to the moon and back. Reminds me of all the times my baby sleeps and I whisper sweet coos in her ears and kiss her tiny fingers.

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? : Bright and colourful with large sturdy flaps for a toddler to pick them up and flip through them. Great to learn first words and body parts. My baby loved picking up her shirt and looking for her belly button.


The Going To Bed Book: Funny, simple and colourful in typical Sandra Byonton manner, this is a superb book to wind down at night with and good to instill some bedtime routines. 

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