Best Books for Baby’s Bookshelf

One of my favorite thing to do with my boys is cuddling up and reading together for hours.  It is something we have been doing ever since they were born, and it is such a great way to not just slow down and focus on the simple and important things in life, but also a way to start my little boys learning the moment we came home from the hospital.  Since so many people struggle with figuring out what books to introduce their kids to, I am sharing my expertise not just as a mom but also as a Reading Specialist.  So here are recommendations of the best books for baby’s bookshelf–creative stories with repetition, great illustrations, and important messages.

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Big Red Barn—Margaret Wise Brown

Brown Bear, Brown Bear—Eric Carle 

Dear Zoo—Rod Campbell 

Guess How Much I Love You–Sam McBranty

Goodnight Moon—Margaret Wise Brown

The Little Train—Lois Lenski 

Very Hungry Caterpillar—Eric Carle 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom—Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault 


Little Blue Truck—Alice Schertle

Moo, Baa, LaLaLa–Sandra Boynton

Where is the Green Sheep–Mem Fox 

Rainbow Fish—Marcus Pfister 

Construction–Sally Sutton

Pout Pout Fish–Deborah Diesen


So where are you going to store these great books?  Here are some of my top picks for bookshelves perfect for babies and young toddlers:

I especially love this cubby option because you can style it with storage bins and showcase favorite toys (like Melissa and Doug ones because they are simply beautiful). It also has details that make it more like a piece of furniture instead of a something you will find in your child’s dorm room one day.

Looking for a pop of color? Then check out the unique color options on this 4 shelf bookcase. I especially love this piece because it is something that your child can use until they are ready to flee the nest for college!

Lastly, don’t overlook floating shelves. They are great if you are bunking up with baby and are short on space and there are so many options that you will undoubtedly find something that fits in perfectly with your home’s decor.

Be sure to check out my Ultimate Book List for other book family friendly recommendations.

Happy Reading!



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  1. Rena McDaniel says

    Wow what a terrific list! I remember some of these from when my own kids were children so long ago. Thanks for the reminder I’ve been looking for more books to add to the twins growing collection and these are all perfect additions!

  2. Jaime Nicole says

    This is such a fun list. I think I could talk kids’ books for a very long time. I am happy to see that the list includes so many books we love – especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    • amandasimkin says

      I find it to hard to create a reading nook because there are so many different bookshelves that I absolutely LOVE. Decisions, decisions…

  3. V. Dotter says

    Adorable post. I second all these choices. They were all ours – nice and worn now that the babes are a tad more stretched out and want of lengthier stories! We are book lovers and there is reading during the day and definitely a quiet lovely cuddling period every night!

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