Good books for babies

Try these books with your bundle of joy. Need other recommendations? Our librarians love to talk about books. Just ask! Call us at 217/403–2030 or e-mail

Board Books

Have fun sharing simple board books with your baby. Use songs, rhymes, fingerplays and games to help them learn — but, most of all, have fun!

  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • Baby A B C by Deborah Donenfeld
  • Baby, Baby, Baby by Marilyn Janovitz
  • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
  • Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Do You Have a Tail? by Simms Taback
  • Global Babies developed by the Global Fund for Children
  • Good Night, Owl by DwellStudio
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
  • Llama, Llama Hoppity-Hop by Anna Dewdney
  • Moo, Baa, La, La, La by Sandra Boynton
  • More, Please! by Nancy Cadjan
  • Peek-a-Baby by Karen Katz
  • Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden
  • Pig Takes a Bath by Michael Dahl
  • Quick Duck! by Mary Murphy
  • Round Balls, Round Balls by Begin Smart
  • Tickle Time! by Sandra Boynton
  • Tomie’s Little Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
  • Zoo Babies by Lisa and Mike Husar

Nursery Rhymes and Poetry Favorites

  • Amazing Baby: Clap and Sing by Emma Dodd
  • Baa, Baa Black Sheep by Annie Kubler
  • Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby by Cynthia Rylant
  • Clare Beaton’s Nursery Rhymes by Clare Beaton
  • Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
  • Grandmother’s Nursery Rhymes/Las Nanas de Abuelita compiled by Nelly Jaramillo
  • Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie
  • Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Tiger Tales
  • The McElderry Book of Mother Goose by Petra Mathers
  • Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
  • Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes selected by Alma Flor Ada
  • Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young selected by Jack Prelutsky
  • Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
  • Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book by Jane Yolen
  • Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times by Stephanie Calmenson
  • Who’s That Baby? New-Baby Songs by Sharon Creech

Good “Looking” Books

Babies watch everything. Books with strong color contrasts really grab their attention. So, take your little one on your lap, hold one of these books about eighteen inches from your baby‘s face and begin. And remember: your warmth, the sound of your voice, and your closeness are the real story!

  • Baby Animals Black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
  • Black On White by Tana Hoban
  • Flip-a-Shape: Go by SAMi
  • Global Baby Girls by the Global Fund for Children
  • Hip, Hop by Catherine Hnatov
  • How Kind! by Mary Murphy
  • Look Look Outside! by Peter Linenthal
  • Peekaboo Baby by Sebastien Braun
  • Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe by Tana Hoban
  • What Does Baby See? by Begin Smart