Infants & Toddlers

From Birth to 4 years old


You can start sharing books with babies from their very first day. Babies love the warmth and comfort of being cuddled in your arms, and hearing the lilt of your voice as you share a story. They’ll associate the sight of a book with special time with you. Pretty soon, they’ll want books they can grab and touch, eat and teethe on, as well as enjoying a remembered story. Birth to four years old covers a wide range of abilities and interests, so we have lots of different lists to get you started.

Book Lists

Building a Classic Library

Gifts for a New Baby

A Trio of Board Books for New Parents

Hip Books for Trendy Toddlers



Board Books

All About Art Board Books


Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Library Love

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

Books for Caped Crusaders

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

Twice as Nice? Or Double the Trouble?: Early Childhood Books for Twins

Twins in School-Online Resources

Baby Love

Sweet Monsters

A Trio of Summer Board Books

A Trio of Books to Celebrate Sloths

Get Interactive

WE FOUND A HAT  by Jon Klassen:  Book 3 in the hat series


GROOVY JOE:  ICE CREAM AND DINOSAURS  by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

I Spy. . .Literacy!

Knitting Project – Momma Bunny from The Runaway Bunny

Toddler Games – “Smell Dat”, a Spice Game

Sewing Project – Supercapes for Superheroes!

Creative Fun – Images and Designs, Cookie Cutters and Coloring Pages

A New Love and Lens for the Zoo

Being in the Book:  THE SNOWY DAY

Related Posts

THE WOLF, THE DUCK , AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

BABY LOVES QUARKS! New Board Book for the Littlest Scientist

Perfect Book to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day:  PENGUIN PROBLEMS

British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share


New Books for Toddlers that Parents Enjoy Reading


WAITING by Kevin Henkes: A Review

July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs

New Interactive Books for Young Readers

Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

National Hat Day

Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed

Nino Wrestles the World:  A Review

This is Not My Hat!:  Review

Favorite Colors–From Babies and Beyond

Otto the Book Bear:  A Review

Revisiting the Night Sky:  New Picture Books

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes:  An Easter Book!

How Many Donkeys?  A New Arabic Counting Tale

Book Review:  Isabella Girl on the Go

Wow! Oceans!:  Recommended!

What to Read to a Newborn

My First Hanukkah Books

Summer Reads (2011):  Infants and Toddler

My Name is Not Isabella:  Book Review

The Return of Favorite Characters

What’s in a Name?

More Ken Nesbitt with MORE BEARS

For the Easter Basket.. .

A Non-traditional Passover

Dump and Stir

Two New Books for Spring

A World of Alphabet Blocks

Many Languages, Many Alphabets

Teaching Mommy to Read



Inscribe It

Two New Books by Rachel Isadora

I Hate TV. . .But YouTube is Another Story

A Special Reading Place

First the Egg

On Flamingos and Other Obsessions

When the Story Isn’t the Narrative

Ministry of Funny Voices

Book Pairings:  One for You and One for Me

Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books

A Book I Don’t Like

A Pipkin of Pepper (What We’re Reading Right Now)

Further Resources

hbtHow Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years

by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hitsh-Pasek

If we could recommend just one book on early language development for parents, care-givers, and teachers, this would be the one. The authors have created a wonderful resource for a wide audience that shares current understanding of how child language develops, what to expect with the children in our lives, and how to nurture each stage. The research is written in an easy-to-read style, and followed by simple “Try This. . .” strategies.

Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children

This position statement is issued jointly by two professional organizations dedicated to children’s literacy education and development (the National Association for the Education of Young Children[NAEYC] and the International Reading Association [IRA].) Don’t be scared off! As their introduction indicates, “the principles and practices suggested here also will be of interest to any adults who are in a position to influence a young child’s learning and development—parents, grandparents,older siblings, tutors, and other community members.” This is a wonderful article about early childhood literacy development.


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