25 Best First Board Books for Six Month Old Babies

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This book list features 25 of the best books for six-month-old babies and up. These precious books make great baby shower gifts and make an excellent foundation for a children’s home library. Story time and the love of reading can be instilled even in newborn babies. The early months can be difficult for experienced and new parents.

Make Reading Part of Your Daily Rhythm With Your Children

Gather some of your favorite books and make reading part of your daily routine with your young babies. Read books with bright colors, bold illustrations, and simple words to build your baby’s communication skills and promote language development.

Sturdy board books and interactive books are perfect for little hands and for tummy time. At around six months old, babies begin to hold and flip book pages, practicing motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Reading is one of the best ways to bond with your little ones.

Reading is more than sharing a good story. Julie over at 365 Learn And Play blog states, “We are born to learn language, but having help along the way from supportive caregivers makes a huge difference in helping young kids learn to read.” Click HERE for play activities to help your child read.

This book list focuses on young babies but a child is truly never too old for picture books.

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25 Great First Board Books for Six Month Old Babies and Beyond

1. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

A perfect book for little ones to learn about their hands, fingers, and thumbs with dancing and drumming monkeys. This one is so fun to read to kids. “Dum ditty, dum ditty, dum dum dum.”

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr

The classic book contains colorful illustrations with high contrast. High contrast is very important for the visual development of babies. And, the repetitive words make it easy for them to follow along.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This classic picture book is a must for a child’s home library. I cannot say enough great things about this beautiful book. The very hungry caterpillar has its fill of many different foods throughout the week. With a tummy ache, he munches on a green leaf before being a part of one of the most miraculous marvels of nature.

4. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Meet Bear! Oh, how we love the bear books. All snug in his cave, the bear snores on as many woodland creatures enter his home and escape the cold.

5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Say goodnight to all the familiar objects safely tucked in the great green room. This classic board book for young children contains simple text and high-contrast images appropriate for babies.

6. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The mischievous gorilla lets out all the animals in the zoo, and they follow the zoo keeper home. The simple story is so much fun to read. The artwork is sure to bring some giggles.

7. Silly Lullaby by Sandra Boynton

“The chickens in the bathtub, the closet full of sheep.” This one is sure to get stuck in your head. The best thing about Boynton’s books is they are simple and fun to read, making her board books great reads at the end of the day (especially for tired caregivers).

It was so hard to choose one of her books, so here is a list of our favorites Sandra Boynton books:

8. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The steadfast love and devotion of a mother are on display in this good book. A baby bunny imaginatively runs away from his mother. This book is a great way to reassure your little one that you will always be there for them no matter what.

9. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Can the peddler outwit these silly hat-loving monkeys? I love the introduction to colors, the simple text, and the contrasting patterns for babies and toddlers.

10. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

In this beloved story, Peter dons his snowsuit and goes out on a beautiful snowy day. This child’s wonder of the snowy day is so contagious.

11. Corduroy by Don Freeman

A little girl named Lisa falls in love with this cozy teddy bear dressed in green overalls. Corduroy notices he is missing a button and hunts for his button so that he looks his best when Lisa returns to the department store. His desire for a home is strong, and Lisa gives him a home and friendship.

12. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Introduce your kids to the alphabet with these silly little alphabetic characters who pile in the coconut tree.

13. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

A baby bird goes on a hunt for his mother. This one is a beloved book in our house. With its torn binding and roughed-up edges, it remains a frequent read even as my kids grow.

14. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Beep! Beep! can be heard around the farm as the Little Blue Truck is always friendly and always greets all the farm animals. After helping someone in need, he finds himself stuck trying to get the “important” dump truck out of the mud. Everyone lends a hand to help the Little Blue Truck. This board book series contains great books to foster the love of books in your little ones.

15. Jamberry by Bruce Degen

This book is filled with rhyme and rhythm as these two berry-loving friends embark on an adventure of berry-seeking.

16. Time For Bed by Mem Fox

This precious book is a perfect bedtime book. Cuddle up and cozy in as the animal mamas tuck the baby animals to sleep.

17. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Spot is missing, and it’s dinner time. Sally goes on a hunt to find him. This book is a classic lift a flat book that encourages kiddos to interact and find Spot.

18. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

The gloomy and blue Pout-Pout fish spreads the “dreary-wearies” all over the place, but he finds a fish that brightens his day, and he spreads “cheery-cheeries” all over the place.

19. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The whole family goes on a bear hunt in the great outdoors. They traverse over various terrains and into a cave where they find a big shiny nose.

20. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Poor Gerald cannot dance. He is always buckling at the knees. After advice from a wise cricket to find a different song, his confidence increases as he learns to dance and hear the music differently.

21. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep dark woods, trying to avoid being a snack; he convinces the hungry forest creatures he is meeting the Gruffalo, a most fierce creature.

22. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Classic Edition)

Beatrix Potter illustrated letters to children that turned into classic children’s books. In 1893, she illustrated a letter about Peter Rabbit to a friend’s five-year-old child. This became her first book. A book about a little brown rabbit named Peter who rebelled against his mama’s wish to avoid Mr. McGregor’s garden

23. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

This board book is perfect for bedtime giggles as Granny, a little boy, the dog, the cat, the mouse, and a wakeful flea pile into the comfy bed in the Napping House but the flea bites…

24. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Another precious bedtime book on this list of books for six-month-old babies and up. A father prepares his little daughter for bed with cuddles and kisses in the bedtime countdown.

25. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

One night Harold and his trusty crayon draw adventures of sea, land, and woods, returning to his safe in his bed with the moon shining through his bedroom window. This book is a great way to spark a child’s imagination.

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Thanks for Stopping By!

Finally, I want to thank you for stopping by! Please say Hi in the comment section and share with me your favorite board book for babies. I hope you enjoyed this list of best baby books!

– With Great Joy, Katie


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