Baby registries tend to be filled with the essentials—baby carriers, strollers, monitors, etc.—but books are also great items to add. They're perfect for new moms to read when cuddling with their bundle of joy, and will help inspire a love of reading, which is a gift in and of itself. While there are a ton of amazing baby books out there, to make the search easier, we've chosen our 10 faves—a mix of classic tales that have stood the test of time, plus modern ones that are quickly becoming popular.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault and Lois Ehlert
This bestselling rhyming book is isn't just fun for kids ages 1 to 4—many parents will tell you it taught their kids the alphabet. It involves lowercase letters climbing up a coconut tree until it can't support their weight any longer and they all fall out, making the "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" sound. Their relatives, the uppercase letters, come to the rescue, but each letter gets a minor injury. It features text by Bill Martin, Jr., aka "America’s favorite children’s author" and illustrations by Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert.
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
In this classic bedtime book, a little bunny going to sleep takes the time to say "goodnight" to everything he sees around him, including the room, the light and of course the moon. You'll read it again and again.
Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell
A zoo delivers a young child different animals that might work for a pet in this little board book, which has been charming toddlers for over 30 years. It'll have your tot wondering, will the child ever find the perfect pet to care for?
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
If you haven't read Mo Willems, you're in for a treat—his books are a riot for kids and parents alike. You can't go wrong with this one, a Caldecott winner, about a hilariously insistent pigeon. Your baby will love telling him NO, he can't drive the bus.
Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
It may be bedtime for the animals at the zoo, but Gorilla just isn't ready yet, so he follows the zookeeper and releases the other animals from their cages. Things get even more interesting when Gorilla follows the zookeeper to his home. With a narrative told mostly through pictures and a few funny surprises, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers.
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
You can't go wrong with a whimsical board book by Sandra Boynton, but this one is our fave simply because youngsters learn about farm animals, and the different sounds they make.
Welcome Little One, by Sandra Magsamen
This heartwarming book reads like a love letter from parent to child, and is memorable for both involved.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Kids will enjoy following along as a gluttonous caterpillar eats his way through this beloved book, which turns 50 this year. After recovering from a stomachache, the caterpillar spins a cocoon for himself, which he sleeps in for two weeks. The transformation is truly beautiful.
Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
From mommy's ring, to daddy's stubble, this book is filled with mini surprises babies can touch and feel.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
The sweet book focuses on a game between parent and child, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, where they spend time outdoors together trying to quantify how much love they feel for each other, and trying to outdo each other. The ending will melt your heart.