Best Baby Book Reviews 2017

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One of the great joys of life is the gift of children. The joy they bring when they are born is indescribable; it can only be experienced. Most parents are aware of the responsibility that comes with these bundles of joy and will readily tell you how difficult it can be to find the right materials with which to embark on the important task of molding these young minds. With so many authors and materials out there, it can be a daunting task indeed to select books that will make not just appropriate reading for your little ones but are also educational and fun. Knowing this, we have sorted through the market and brought you the top five brands for baby books that will be both educating and entertaining for your children. It’s important for you to know that apart from the books featured here, there are countless books on offer by these brands and we advise you have a look at them too.
Age Range
Our Top Choice
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle has been a prolific author of dozens of children’s picture books for over 50 years. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has clever cut-out pages that will thrill your little one.
Nicely illustrated. Sturdy. Interactive. Educational. Entertaining.
Small size. Not very colorful.
Classic picture book
Paperback/hardback/board book
1–3 years
26 pages
Best Value
DK Publishing Baby Touch and Feel Books
DK’s aim of informing and entertaining readers of all ages is realized in its book, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals, a board book with padded covers and thick, sturdy pages.
Padded covering. Not heavy. Thick pages.
Small size. Small textured areas.
Touch and Feel
Board book
1–3 years
14 pages
Scholastic Baby Puppet Finger Book
Scholastic Inc.’s commitment to encouraging intellectual growth in children led to its creation of the Old Macdonald Board Book with hand puppets to engage your child.
Interactive puppets. Easy handling for young children. Colorful.
Song isn’t completely written out. Limited number of words. Puppets can’t be washed as they are attached to the book.
Touch and Feel
Board book
0–2 years
6 pages
Melody Carlson Baby Prayer Book
Melody Carlson is an accomplished Christian author, and her book “Baby's First Book of Prayers” with a padded covering contains short, rhyming prayers for your child.
Simple prayers. Hardback. Pictures illustrating the prayers.
Small size. Price is printed on the cover.
Flip book
Hard cover
2–5 years
96 pages
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown was an American writer of children’s books with many books to her credit, and this work “Goodnight Moon,” is a short poem of goodnight wishes.
Plenty pictures. Short simple sentences.
Paper pages. Small size.
Classic picture book
Paperback/hardback/audio book
1–4 years
30 pages

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What is the Best Baby Book?

The age and personality (we know each child is unique) are some factors to consider when going through this review, because that way you will get the right book to engage and stimulate your child.
Our Top Choice
The Eric Carle brand has been trusted by generations of parents for their children. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an innovatively designed board book. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See??” for pre-school children is a popular book by the same author and you may want to check that out too.
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Available in 4 Styles

Eric Carle Baby Book 0399226907 – Board Book

Born in Syracuse, New York in 1929, and raised in Germany, Eric Carle has written and illustrated over seventy picture books. With a background in graphic design, he employs a technique that has been replicated and enjoyed by many children both at home and in their classrooms: the collage technique. His illustrations are collages made with his own hand-painted tissue papers resulting in brilliantly designed books that have both educated and entertained children over the years.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969 and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and sold over twelve million copies. This twenty-six paged book is a celebrated classic and has been proven to be a fun way to introduce your little one to the dynamics of nature. Here are some of its other features:
  • Age range: 1-3 years
  • Published by Philomel Books
  • Available in English and over twenty languages
  • Weighs less than 9.6 ounces, so your child can carry it
The Very Hungry Caterpillar may eat its ways to your child’s heart.
Best Value
DK has a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products, and its Baby Touch and Feel: Animals with lots of fuzzy animal pages surely meets that standard. This publisher also has the First Words BABY TOUCH & FEEL Board book with pictures and touch texture areas.
DK Publishing Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

DK Publishing Baby Book 9780756634681

Established in London in 1974, DK is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. It publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children.  DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York and Toronto. Its aim is to inform, enrich and entertain readers of all ages, and everything it publishes embodies the unique DK design approach. With a reputation for innovation, this brand brings simplicity to a wide range of topics with a unique word-picture combination.

Baby Touch and Feel: Animals is easy to hold with easy pictures to look at and a good sensory aspect. This fourteen-page board book may be just what you need to engage, educate and entertain your little ones. Some other features of this book include:
  • Shipping weight of 6.4 ounces
  • Each page has large word labels
  • Each page has foil or glitter
  • Padded covers and thick sturdy pages
  • Available in English
It has vibrant interior pages with bold, engaging images.
Scholastic Inc. strives to encourage literary appreciation among young people at all levels of learning, and the Old Macdonald: A Hand-Puppet Board Book is one way it does that. If you still want to consider more options, the AlphaTales Box Set with a set of 26 irresistible animal storybooks is another book by this company.
Scholastic Old Macdonald: A Hand-Puppet Board Book (Little Scholastic)

Scholastic Baby Book  0545026032

Scholastic Inc. is located at 557 Broadway New York and was founded by Maurice Robinson in 1920. Over the years, it has produced educational materials that assist and inspire students to cultivate their minds to utmost capacity, become familiar with their cultural heritage and strive for excellence in creative expression in all fields of learning. It also encourages young minds to seek effective ways to live a satisfying life. It believes in cooperation and understanding among all the people of the world.

The “Old Macdonald: A Hand-Puppet Board Book” was written by Jill Ackerman and Michelle Berg, both of whom have many literary works to their names. This board book is an innovative and interactive hand-puppet board book for babies, toddlers and their parents as all can quack, moo, woof and squeal away while the children get to learn new things. This book has interactive components, high color contrast and promises great fun. Below are more features:
  • Has six pages
  • For pre-kindergarten and kindergarten kids
  • Light weight - weighs 4.8 ounces
  • Written in English
  • Rhyming, repetitive and predictable text
  • Simple concepts
Each puppet is different and reflects the animals in the "Old MacDonald" song.
Melody Carlson has authored many popular books; her book “Baby's First Book of Prayers” is an illustrative prayer book focused on being thankful for all things in life. “Her First Bible”, a compilation of God’s word in hardcover, is another book by this author that you might want for your little girl. There is also a version for boys.
Melody Carlson Baby's First Book of Prayers

Melody Carlson Baby Book 0310702879

As an accomplished Christian author for children, pre-teens, youth and adults, Melody Carlson has written books with sales totaling more than two million. The author of the popular “Dairy of a Teenage Girl” series considers herself a storyteller. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two grown sons and a yellow labrador.

The Baby's First Book of Prayers in hardcover is a foil-stamped and embossed edition of My First Book of Prayers. The prayers contained in this book are short and they rhyme. It has a place for you to put the "to,” “from,” and “date" inside the book. Some of its other features are listed below:
  • For preschool and kindergarten level kids
  • Ninety-six pages
  • In English language
  • Very light weight - weighs 2.4 ounces
  • Bright illustrations
This book has a large variety of prayers for all occasions
Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her lifetime, and the Goodnight Moon board book combines poetic words with lulling illustrations. My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon is a classic picture book and also another board book from this author.
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon – Available in 5 Styles

Margaret Wise Brown Baby Book 0694003611 – Board Book

Margaret Wise Brown, whose demise has not stopped the impressive sale of her books for over four decades, was a lover of animals. She authored hundreds of books and stories while she lived, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. People who knew her say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. She saw herself as something else: a writer of songs and nonsense.

The Goodnight Moon Board Book comes with easy-to-memorize lines and might be just what you need to end your child’s day. There is a cadence to the story that is like a meditation mantra, quietly and gently calming you and your child down. This board book also features:
  • Thirty pages of rhymed goodnights
  • Text and illustrations are matched in a way that it is natural to point out the words and pictures to your child
  • Light weight
  • Written in English
This book has a number of combinations: simple black and white images; bright color combinations; simple phrases; repetition.

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Our Top Choice
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Best Value
DK Publishing Baby Touch and Feel Books
Scholastic Baby Puppet Finger Book
Melody Carlson Baby Prayer Book
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon