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When your baby is born, a great task begins: the process of building a beautiful, funny, and engaging library of children’s books for your little one. Our recommendations will get you off to a great start.

For Toddler 18 Months and Younger

When babies are in the newborn stage, their vision is a bit blurry. Picture books with a lot of nuance and subtle colors will not catch their attention, so try a black and white, high-contrast book like Black and White by Tara Hoban.

Animal sounds are fun for older babies and for young toddlers who are learning which sounds each animal makes. Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro is a fun and silly introduction to animal sounds.

Introducing real photographs of other young children is always fascinating to kids. Global Babies by the Global Fund for Children is a gorgeous picture book filled with baby faces from around the world.

For Children from 18 Months to 3 Years

Lyrical melodies are important at this stage, and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle fits the bill. Plus, it teaches kids an important lesson about helping others, basic kindness, and building relationships.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is the perfect book to read when your child won’t sit still but wants a story nonetheless. It gets kids up and marching and tells a story with a un and engaging plot.

For this age group, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin has it all. It combines a melodic rhyme with a bit of action and an intro to the ABCs for a fun and addictive read that your children will reach for again and again.

For Preschoolers 3 – 5 Years of Age

Your child’s imagination is beginning to really take flight now, and she’ll relate to the imaginative, pretend play adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead is he story of a zookeeper who finds his affection for the animals he cares for repaid when he falls ill. It’s a great way to teach kids about empathy and caring for others.

A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a celebration of simple things, like waking up to a world full of snow and exploring the essence of snow by kicking it, jumping through it, and making snow angels.

What books have become irreplaceable in your child’s library? Let us know in the comments section.