Ever year there are so many new baby books for toddlers that come out — how on earth are you supposed to choose the right one for your young toddler or baby?
Don’t worry, here are the best new baby books of 2017 — all of which are sure to please your young reader!
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Best New Baby Books for Toddlers
Red Car, Green Car: A Changing Colors Book: Red Car, Green Car is a surprise-packed, imaginative way for pre-schoolers to learn about color, with clever acetate pictures that change at the pull of a tab. Each double-page spread has illustrations of fun things associated with the color, and a playful, rhyming narrative that children will love to join in with. Then guess what color is coming next? Pull the tab and watch the color of the car magically change and reveal an unexpected driver. Kids will love deciding which color is their favorite, while learning exciting new vocabulary.
Everything Is Mama: Take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby’s point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities. From Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s Tonight Show host!
One Lonely Fish: One lonely fish swims through the ocean. But he won’t be alone for long . . . Count from one to ten, as each fish chomps up the next. Just be careful–this book might bite! The fun, offbeat humor, appealing artwork, and interactive die-cuts with a counting theme will have young readers gobbling up this title again and again.
Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals: Mo Willems’ introductory guide for new arrivals welcomes readers to the world using bold, eye-catching graphics and clever text that is perfect for reading aloud. With a fun and heartwarming message, Welcome playfully interacts with the reader with its meta-humor, while addressing such topics such as injustice, cats, friendship, and family. This one-of-a-kind guide to the world is a must-have for infants and new parents alike.
Vegetables in Underwear: A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varietiesbig, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funnydemonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the big kid attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!
Shh! Bears Sleeping: A lilting read-aloud text and stunning pictures combine to make an irresistibly appealing picture book that follows these fascinating animal friends through the cycle of the year. A page of facts about bears will answer young readers’ questions as they begin to explore the wonders of the natural world.
Baby Loves Quantum Physics! (Baby Loves Science): Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well! With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners.
I Love You, Baby!: From the team behind My Grandparents Love Me comes a sweet celebration of the love between a parent and a new baby. There is no love quite like the love between a parent and child. This sweet meditation on all of the things a parent loves about his or her little one is illustrated with a variety of irresistible animal families.
Dance: From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! Young readers will delight in the charming art, jazzy text, and in pulling the five sturdy pull tabs to make the different animals bounce, shake and bop as they dance to the Hippoppta Hula, Gator Mashed Patater, and more! Listen and dance to the song at VanFleetBooks.com. Get your dancing feet ready!
Littles: And How They Grow: In this unforgettable, squeal-filled, tear-inducing love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, author Kelly DiPucchio’s heart-tugging rhyme meets the gorgeous, dimple-cheeked, multicultural babies of illustrator AG Ford. With adorable scenes from the busy life of a baby—peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles—and a final scene that reminds us how they become big kids all too soon, this is the ideal gift for any new parent and their child.
Spunky Little Monkey: Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer — while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet — everyone will be bursting with clapping energy — and ready to start a new day! With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr’s trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!
Hair (Leslie Patricelli Board Books): It’s important to take care of your hair, even if you only have one! As Baby can tell you, that hair gets washed when it’s dirty and brushed when it looks messy. But when it grows and grows, there’s only one thing to do. This funny and reassuring look at a toddler rite of passage is ideal for little readers—especially those with a tiny bit of trepidation about that first haircut.
Hello, Garden Bugs: A High-Contrast Book: Ladybugs, snails, and butterflies! Oh my! This charming introduction to ten garden bugs, paired with friendly text and bold basic patterns, provides a great high-contrast experience for young developing eyes. The perfect companion for Hello, Ocean Friends and Hello, Baby Animals.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site: As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.
A Band of Babies: It was just an ordinary day at play group until Benny arrived. With flute in hand and drums in tow, Benny’s love of music inspires the babies to get up and put on a show. Toot! Toot! Whee! Benny and his band of babies are a sight to see! New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Dyer teams up with award-winning author Carole Gerber to lead a band of marching babies all through town.
Let’s Find Momo!: A Hide-and-Seek Board Book: Look for Momo hiding on a farm, in a bookstore, at a construction site, and in other unlikely locations (the photos are also loaded with other hidden objects for kids and parents to find together). Perfect for bedtime reading, car trips, playtime, or anytime, Let’s Find Momo is part art book, part puzzle book, and all fun!
Alphaprints: Animal Opposites: This new casebound board book features animal opposites, such as a big shark and little fish, hard lobster and soft jellyfish, noisy lion and quiet mouse. The easy-to-turn graduated pages have foil edges to give the book extra sparkle and shine, and there is added embossing to encourage little fingers to explore and develop fine motor skills.
Shake, Wiggle & Roll: In Shake, Wiggle & Roll, babies and toddlers will be moving and grooving with playful pups as they show off favorite doggie moves, from chomping and chewing to jumping and leaping. With lively images from the lens of expert animal photographer Carli Davidson, this sturdy book is perfect for the very youngest readers—and fun for the whole family.
Jane Foster’s Things That Go: Introduce little ones to their favorite things that go in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of things that go, such as beeping buses, zooming rockets, and more!
Sweet Dreams, Peter (Peter Rabbit): In this charming and whimsical board book, Peter Rabbit and his friends are lulled softly off to sleep. Artistic and lyrical, this is a perfect introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter for very young children.
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