Books for Our Babies
Ages 0-2

Wow – books for kids who don't even know what it is they are looking at. Exactly, the point; when our kids are between the ages 0-2 it is our job to teach them basic sounds, colors, letters, numbers and more importantly, a general interest in books.

Waiting for our kids to go to school to learn the joy of reading is just too late (Check out the PBS/WETA video below to see what the research says). Language development starts at home with the parents. We can greatly enhance our children's literacy skills by just reading aloud with them 1/2 hour each day (for our babies we want to break the time up into approx. 1-3 minute chunks).

When choosing a book for your baby, look for these key features:

  • The book is made from a material that your kid won't destroy by putting it in their mouth. We suggest board books or books made to go in the bathtub.

  • A book with simple and colorful pictures that you can point to and easily identify aloud.

  • A book with a few basic words and/or simple sentences.

We compiled an Ages 0-2 Booklist below for your use.

ABC's & Vocabulary Books – Ages 0-2

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle's Favorite Words, by Eric Carle
Baby Signs: a Baby-Sized Guide to Speaking with Sign Language, by Joy Allen
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!, by Dr. Seuss
ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book, by Alison Jay

Animal Books – Ages 0-2

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, by Bill Martin, Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle
Hello, Day, by Anita Lobel
Moo Baa La La La, by Sandra Boynton
My Animals, by Xavier Deneux
Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails, by Nancy Tafuri

Color Identification Books – Ages 0-2

Blue Goose, by Nancy Tafuri
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
, by Bill Martin, Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle
Museum Colors, by Gisela Voss

Concept Books – Ages 0-2

A Good Day, by Kevin Henkes
Global Babies, by Maya Ajmera
Maisy's Nature Walk: A Maisy First Science Book, by Lucy Cousins
What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites, by Tad Hills
Big Dog... Little Dog (A Bedtime Story), by P.D. Eastman
The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss (complete Dr. Seuss Booklist)
The Eye Book, by Dr. Seuss
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, by Dr. Seuss
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, by Dr. Seuss
The Tooth Book, by Dr. Seuss

General Books – Ages 0-2

Baby! Baby!, by Vicky Ceelen
Clap Hands, by Helen Oxenbury
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd
Nibble Nibble, by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Wendell Minor
Uh-Oh!, by Rachel Isadora
Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton
Caps for Sale Board Book: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, by Esphyr Slobodkina
Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss
There's a Wocket in My Pocket!, by Dr. Seuss

Number Books – Ages 0-2

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection), inspired by Dr. Seuss

Here is a video presented by Reading Rockets, a PBS/WETA program devoted to understanding how children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help.

Reading Rockets offers a free printable guide on "Tips for Parents Reading to Babies".

We hope you found something useful for you here on this site. If you have any books for children ages 0-2 you'd like to see on this list please feel free to contact us with your recommendations.

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