6 of the Best Baby Books for 2022
It's never too early to start reading to your child. And the amazing thing about babies? It doesn't really matter what you read to them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Hearing words in their native language, properly formed with natural syntax, plants the seeds of literacy. You could read weekly stats from your favorite sport to your infant, if you really wanted to.
If reading all those numbers gets old, though, you're in luck. The world of baby books is awesome, colorful, and fun (even for grown-ups). You might even learn a thing or two about feminism or advanced science, yourself! In this post you'll find some of Team BtB's favorite baby books to add to your home library or to give as a delightful baby gift.
This book is beautiful and rhythmic, so nearly any age group can appreciate it. It's also clear and direct about the reality of racism and how to foster change. Everyone can benefit from reading this excellent book by Ibram X. Kendi!
This book by Aaron Becker is so cool! At Beyond the Blackboard, we're big fans of books that encourage early curiosity and learning. This book dives into the many, many color options present in our world, and uses unique presentation for color exploration. Using colorful grids of small squares with a variety of translucent inserts and painted squares, the colors shift and transition throughout the book. Add this book to your gift list!
This little book packs a super punch, introducing different families and family structures to children. Babies love the colorful illustrations, and it later provides an incredible introduction to the different ways that we, as humans, create families. Your children may enjoy pointing out the different mamas, dadas, and grandparents!
Just as there's no such thing as 'too early' when it comes to reading to your kiddo, it's never too early to start talking about the potty! While the story is cute, it's also useful - discussing accidents, the details of 'going', washing hands, underwear, and more. Rhyming and sports metaphors make it a fun read!
This book is just amazing. With an awesome message, darling illustrations, and sturdy pages, the details of this book give lots to expand on (or talk about, with toddlers). We especially love the colors, lessons on each page, and the diversity of the people represented through the illustrations. Because this book encourages children to be open with their feelings, it also makes a great gift for newly minted older siblings!
In this beautifully illustrated board book, you and your little one can spend time finding all the hidden items on each letter. (This book is great for bonding between a 3 year-old and a 63 year-old grandparent who loves to explore!) It's such a creative and thoughtfully assembled book. As a grown-up, you might even learn a few new things alongside your child. This board book is especially great for gifting, too!
All of these books and more can be found in our family-owned small shops, online or in-person. Thanks so much for shopping small!