Books for Babies, 0-2

Learning begins at birth, so get reading! Here are some favorites to help you start your library.

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Guess How Much I Love You

By Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita JeramFollow a young rabbit on his quest to test his parents' love -- you'll find it easy to believe just how deep it runs. This is a heartwarming book, and kids will feel reassured knowing that you love them that much, too. (Candlewick Press, 1995)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric CarleThis beloved and simple tale of food and curiosity is storytelling at its best. And it teaches the days of the week and counting, to boot. This is one of our favorite Eric Carle books; he never fails to pique a child's imagination. (Philomel Books, 1994)

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Pat the Bunny

By Dorothy KundhardtFor babies who are still feeling their way through the world, this touch and feel book is the original interactive experience. Smell the flowers, play peek-a-boo, and of course, pat the bunny, all in a single baby-safe book. (Golden Books, 2001)

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Where Is Baby's Belly Button?

By Karen KatzParents and babies can embark on this interactive adventure together in Karen Katz's instructive board book. (Little Simon, 2000)

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Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

By Dr. SuessDr. Suess's book of wonderful noises is a terrific introduction to everyone's favorite zany author. This book is a recipe for family fun as baby learns to imitate the silly noises in the book. (Random House, 1996)

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Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement HurdThe story's calming rhythm makes this a perennial bedtime or naptime favorite. Margaret Wise Brown has authored many fabulous books -- we're also partial to Home for a Bunny. (Harper Festival, 1991)

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The Going-to-Bed Book

By Sandra BoyntonWhat better way to soothe your baby to sleep than with a book that makes going to bed fun? Sandra Boynton's colorful illustrations make this book come alive -- a terrific ritual for ending the day. (Little Simon, 1982)

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Baby Einstein: Babies

By Julie Aigner-ClarkWith easy-to-turn board pages, limited amount of text, and colorful pictures of all kinds of different babies, this is an infant favorite. (Baby Einstein Company, 2002)

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Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Lift-and-Look Book

Based on the series by the Rev. W. AwdryIf you haven't discovered Thomas the Tank Engine yet, it's time. Babies will love this book with over 60 flaps that flip to reveal fun surprises. And the colorful pictures will keep baby enthralled in this exciting world of trains. (Random House, 1996)

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