Best Books for Babies & Toddlers 2019

ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing

ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing, illustrated by Paulina Morgan

From the very first page, this board book grapples with social justice issues and demands that even tiny children start to think about our world in a more open way.

B Is for Baby by Atinuke

B Is for Baby by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

Once again, Atinuke shows the beauty of Africa through a small child’s eyes.

Baby Day by Jane Godwin and Davina Bell

Baby Day by Jane Godwin and Davina Bell, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Godwin and Bell show exactly what happens when you get a group of toddlers together.

Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein

Hush Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein

Caldecott Honor-winner Stein has rewritten the classic song of Hush Little Baby into a rabbit-filled delight.

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka

A delight of a board book sure to get everyone jumping.

Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron

Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron

The book contains many similes and metaphors and even the smallest child will enjoy looking at the animals and the ways that they are just the same.

My Art Book of Sleep by Shana Gozansky

My Art Book of Sleep by Shana Gozansky

An intelligent look at art for the youngest of children.

Up, Up, Up, Down! by Kimberly Gee

Up, Up, Up, Down! by Kimberly Gee

A toddler’s day is filled with opposites in this adorable picture book.

Why by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Simple and just right for toddlers and their questions.

Wild Baby by Cori Doerrfeld

Wild Baby by Cori Doerrfeld

The pacing is exciting and fast and the book is filled with just enough danger and plenty of love.

You Are Light by Aaron Becker

You Are Light by Aaron Becker

The poetry is effective and evocative, speaking to the power of light in our world. Still, it is the design and colors that truly make this book something particularly special.