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Picture Books about Babies

Here is a list of delightful picture books about babies. Many I've reviewed at The Book Chook; others I've linked to other sites where you can find out more about them.



Welcome - a Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals

Welcome - a Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals

"Welcome - a Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals is a cute concept. It purports to be a guide for newborns but I think will definitely be appreciated by new parents and parents-to-be!" Read more at The Book Chook.


Baby's First Bank Heist

Baby's First Bank Heist

"Both writer and illustrator contribute so much humour. Whalley gives us a thief who is also a baby. But that doesn’t matter a bit. We cheerfully accept that Baby Frank is able to plan and execute a bank robbery. We also chortle as he stuffs his baby clothes with bank notes and exits the bank looking like a blimp - but still undetected." Read more at The Book Chook!

Children’s Book Review, The Brothers Quibble

"It’s hard when you’ve been the centre of Mum and Dad’s devotion, and a new baby arrives to steal the limelight. Spalding doesn’t take it well. He declares war and terrorises everyone. Mum and Dad retaliate by putting him in Time Out. Eventually, the baby grows, begins to talk, and idolises his big brother. He even stands up to him. Spalding realises there are real benefits to having a little brother." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Picture Books about Babies

"King Baby is the archetypal despot. We first meet him on the front cover where he sits on a throne, looking smug. Soon people come to greet him and he bestows smiles on them, generous in his blessings to all. He gives them kisses, gurgles and coos. Until he is tired, when the benevolent despot is transformed into a demanding and irritable one who needs to be fed, burped and changed." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Picture Books about Babies

"The advent of a new sibling has a profound effect on a child. I can still remember the day my baby brother came home from the hospital. Luckily, I assumed he was a new toy for me to play with, but like lots of kids, Little Owl has grave doubts."
Read more at The Book Chook.

The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies

From my review: "There is something very dead-pan about the humour - 6 baby boys called Alistair, and 6 baby girls called Charlene. A very tall, slender man with multi-coloured hair who cares for and about the babies, but when their naughtiness exasperates him, he scoops up all the girls and goes outside where the door slams shut! And then, he tries to crawl back inside through the cat flap but gets stuck there." Read more at the Book Chook.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

"From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes and the joy they - and the babies they belong to - bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!"

Our Baby

From my review: "It’s great to see so many books published for children nowadays that celebrate diversity. Children who grab this book have a good chance of finding a family scenario like theirs - perhaps a baby lives with two dads, or shares his home with just Mum. The story introduces many different babies but returns often to the one baby whose big sister is telling the story." Read more at The Book Chook.

The Elephant And The Bad Baby by Raymond Briggs

One of my favourite children's picture books of all time, The Elephant and the Bad Baby is a rhythmic read-aloud, full of fun and naughtiness.

Hello Baby!

Hello Baby! by Mem Fox - A playful favorite from Mem Fox is now a Classic Board Book!After meeting a bevy of baby animals—including a clever monkey, a hairy...

Children’s Book Review, Baby Beats

"Baby Beats spoke instantly to my inner child and had my toes tapping and fingers flicking. There are no stumbles to the rhythm, and it’s so easy to read, children will be joining in very quickly. I can also see them “pretending” to read it aloud to anyone who will pause a while to listen. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, How I Love You

"Little Red Dingo nuzzles Mummy's nose, Little Bilby tickles Mummy's ears with his whiskers, Little Sooty Owl nestles beneath Mummy's feathery wings... All the little animals have their own special ways of showing their love." Read more at The Book Chook.

Grandma, the Baby and Me in Reviews: Sweet Picture Books for Kids

"Children often have trouble adjusting to the arrival of a new baby in a family. It’s not surprising when you factor in exhausted parents and our society's obsession with cuteness. Luckily, Henry has Grandma to help him through all the koochie-koo and smoochie-smoo, the crying and the changes." Read more of this review at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Let's Go to Sleep

"The stand-out feature of this charming children's picture book is the beautiful, poetic language. That makes it a great choice to use with students learning how to write poetry. Gentle imagery is well-supported by the choice of words, and there's lots of alliteration for young poets to find." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Go to Sleep Jessie

"Jessie is a baby who cries and won’t go to sleep, much to the disgust of her big sister, Jo, with whom she shares a room. Kids with babies at home will certainly relate to wanting a crying little one to stop. Parents will relate too, to the way Mum and Dad try what they can to get Jessie to sleep. Dad drives around and around the block, and brings back a drowsy baby, but Jessie’s eyes pop open again. Will nothing make this little one fall asleep?" Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, Baby Bilby, where do you sleep?

"This marvellous nonfiction picture book reaches out to children from the very young to the young at heart. Simple, rhyming, interactive text is coupled with amazingly detailed illustrations of Australian wildlife. Oliver mentions different Australian animals, and includes each animal's tracks to give us clues, along with a peephole to peek into their habitat, and some "hidden" creatures to find." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Let's Go, Baby-o!

"I love the way Let's Go, Baby-o! encourages parents and kids to interact, and play with language. The strong rhythms promote movement too. Chanting and dancing a book really helps kids internalise language:

Let's go, baby-o, baby-o, baby-o.
Let's go, baby-o, you and me.
To the up,
To the down,
To the turn around.

Can you read that aloud without moving? " Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, 101 Things to do with Baby

"First published in 1984, 101 Things to do with Baby has a timeless appeal. Little ones can see a new baby as an interloper. This book will help them focus on the positive and help them see Baby as someone to have fun with. Not all the "Things to do" are fun - kids will grin over some of Baby's less endearing ways such as shoe-sucking, letter-eating and ankle-biting! But there are also "Things to do" like playing peek-a-boo and borrowing Baby's basket to sleep in." Read more at The BookChook.

Children's Book Review, The Boss Baby

"From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss.

The boss baby is used to getting his way--drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock. But when his demands aren't getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves.

Marla Frazee brings her signature wit and humor--along with adorable illustrations--to a book that explores the effect of one family's very unusual new arrival." Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, Your Mother Didn't Do That

"When Holly doesn't want Mum to go out, Dad promises to tell her a story about the night she was born. Holly and Dad embark on a shared narrative, discussing all the ways Holly WASN'T born. She didn't hatch, wasn't kept in dad's belly like a baby seahorse, or protected in a pouch like a joey kangaroo after birth." Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, I Kissed the Baby!

"This children's picture book is very simple in both illustrations and text, making it ideal for sharing with under fives. Animals excitedly discuss seeing, tickling, singing with and feeding the baby. Mother Duck says she not only kissed the baby, she is about to do it again. And she does. Making the baby burst into a chorus of "Quackie! Quackie! Quackie!"" Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Kissed by the Moon

"If you're looking for a special gift for a new baby, one for the lucky parents to share with their little one, take a look at Kissed by the Moon, by Alison Lester, published by Viking (Penguin) (2013.)

_May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure."_

Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, Owl Babies

"The first thing you notice when you pick up the book is the wonderful cover art. Patrick Benson somehow manages to get so much character into each of three owlets perched on a branch. On the first page, we meet those baby owls: Sarah, Percy and Bill, and their Mother. But on the second page, we discover a problem - they wake up and find their Mother gone." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, The Swap

"When a baby is born, little brothers and sisters are not always enthusiastic about the new arrival. Such is the case with Caroline Crocodile. Her baby brother is smelly, dribbles, is no fun and takes up all the room in Mum’s lap. So she decides to swap him for a new model. The Baby Shop assistant enters enthusiastically into the idea, and supplies her with different babies. Alas, those babies turn out to have their problems too!" Read more at The Book Chook.