Books for Baby

by Sandra Foyt on December 1, 2011

in Arts and Culture

Baby ShaneOn my list of all-time best Christmas gifts for kids, I cited a few classic children’s books that are a must for any home library. But what about the youngest members of the family?

Sure, you can start reading aloud the classics from the get go, but nothing beats the tactile pleasure of holding and mouthing one of these favorite books for baby! These books were our family’s favorites long after the babies became toddlers. (Shush! Don’t tell anyone, but there are a couple of teens and tweens who have been known to pull out these board books – even though they can still recite the baby book from memory.)

Best Books for Babies

Moo Baa La La La is one of several books by Sandra Boynton that are just plain old fun to read. We started reading it nightly when my daughter was just a few weeks old, and by the time she was a toddler she was singing along to this and our other favorite Boynton books – Barnyard Dance and But Not The Hippopotamus. baby_books
Pat The Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, is the sweet, classic baby book that was loved to death by my first child, and had to be replaced for the second. By then, we also received a copy of Pat The Puppy that somehow seemed more appropriate in our household.
Babies and parents, we all got a kick out of Alexandra Day’s Good Dog, Carl and the notion that a Rottweiler could do the babysitting. We kept hoping that our Labrador would take on the diaper duty, but he was never as “helpful” as Carl. baby_books3
Is Your Mama A Llama – It’s the rhymes that had my little ones asking for this one again and again, but it’s the sweet ending that made me want to share it with them. baby_books4
Jamberry – by Bruce Degen. It’s a silly story about a boy and a bear searching for berries, but I always end up smiling and tapping my feet as I read it. baby_books5

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What are your family’s favorite board books? Any new picks for best books for baby?

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Beth @ TheAngelForever December 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Sandra Boynton books are a huge favorite in our house. She also makes musical versions of some of them. NHL’s first book that he memorized, long before turning two, was Moo, Ba La La La.
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Sandra Foyt December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

That must have been adorable! Hope you videotaped NHL reciting Moo, Ba La La La – that will be a treasure in future years!
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Jessica December 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

My son loves this Moo Baa La La La book. I started reading to him very early.
At first i thought this book was so simple and unnecessary but My son is 14 mths old now and when i say “three singing pigs say-” He says “la la la”
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Sandra Foyt December 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

Jessica – Get that on tape! That’s adorable!
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