There were a lot of new books that came out for babies! But here are my top recommendations for any new mom looking for the bestnew baby books in 2016.
Reading to babies helps them learn the sound of language, begin to recognize words and expose them to new concepts and ideas. The joy of reading isn’t just for your baby — it’s for you, too! You’re going to love these best new baby books of the year as much as your baby.
A brand-new board book about dancing dinosaurs from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton!
Join Boynton’s lively prehistoric bunch as they get everyone’s tails shaking for a feet-stomping good time.
Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or just decide to Cha-Cha-Cha, young readers are sure to giggle along with these adorable creatures that are ready for a ROARING good time!
Each truck and big machine in these enticing rhyming poems is different — and little readers are invited to find a vehicle that’s like them.
Sixteen boisterous, rhyming poems — each one highlighting the job and personality of a different vehicle, from a backhoe to an ambulance to a snowplow — invite young children to meet their favorite trucks face-to-face.
Cheerful illustrations show each one in action, digging (or dozing, or dumping) away.
Engaging visual details like an anxious turtle crossing the street just ahead of a steamroller are sure to keep preschoolers poring over the pages as they consider the question, “Trucks as far as eyes can see. . . . Which truck would you like to be?”
In this silly playtime rhyme, young readers will burst into giggles as they fit their fingers through die-cut holes and make them wiggle and squirm while a hungry little monster tries to gobble up every last bite!
Parents play the part of the monster and “eat up” their laughing little ones fingers, turning the pages to make the holes disappear one by one until there are no wigglers left.
Then start back at the beginning, this time with mom or dad’s fingers in the holes–if they’re willing to risk it!
All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses.
But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can’t quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.
Created by Kate Beaton, author of The Princess and the Pony and #1 New York Times bestsellers Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops!, this modern, funny, and (let’s be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby is the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little monarch in their world.
Tiny readers can trace bumpy, shiny, glittery trails in this board book perfect for little hands with its activities that teach them about shapes, matching, and sorting, and help develop hand-eye coordination and pre-writing motor skills.
As they follow the trails, whether straight, wavy, or loopy, toddlers can trace the path of an unloading dump truck or help firefighters rescue a kitten from a tree.
Peepholes on each spread show which truck will show up next, and a mix-and-match game at the end of the book with four glittery trails puts all the learned skills together, prompting toddlers to match each truck to its correct destination.
With just three or four words per page, this story follows a baby owl one night as he leaves the safety of his nest (Home/Mama/Brother/Sister) and explores the starry world around him (Soar/Glide/Swoop/Swoosh).
Inspired by reverse poetry, the words reverse in the middle when the baby owl is startled upon seeing his reflection in the pond (Owl/Sees/Owl).
Afraid of it, little owl takes off toward home, soaring over farms and forests (Swoosh/Swoop/Glide/Soar) until he is finally safely home again (Sister/Brother/Mama/Home).
From Rod Campbell, the bestselling creator of the beloved classic Dear Zoo, comes an all-new board book about your favorite animals!
What will the zoo send you? With bright, colorful artwork and easy-to-turn shaped, sturdy pages, Dear Zoo Animal Shapes is a hands-on, engaging way for little ones to find out more about their favorite animals.
The sky is dark and the Opposite Zoo is CLOSED. But the monkey’s cage is OPEN! Time to explore…
Follow the monkey as he visits all the animals in the zoo: fast and slow, big and small, noisy and quiet, soft and prickly!
Filled with energetic illustrations, friendly animals, and a clear, simple text — all wrapped up in a gorgeous package — The Opposite Zoo is a fun and lively introduction to animals and opposites for the youngest picture-book audience.
It’s a first picture book perfect for toddlers, and the perfect gift for that stylish baby shower! Toddlers don’t want lessons — they need stories.
Toddler-aged Bobby’s breakfast-to-bedtime story provides words for things, actions, and feelings younger children know about, but may not be able to name — from meals to playtime to a final reassuring goodnight kiss.
Printed cloth tabs signal the start of each section — and add special value and gift-appeal.