Reading to your baby—even as early as newborn—is one of the most important activities you’ll do with them. It helps strengthen the parent baby bond, creates a bedtime routine (yes, it even helps them fall asleep!) and develops important language skills. With benefits like those, who can resist snuggling up for story time? Here are some of our favourite sturdy board books to build the ultimate nursery library.


The classics


These books have been enjoyed for generations by babies and parents alike. Goodnight Moon is a classic bedtime story with soothing lullaby-like reading and a countdown of goodnights to all of our favourite home objects. The very hungry caterpillar just celebrated its 50th anniversary and it’s no wonder it’s still a favourite: it includes cute animals, counting and food.

Interactive is key


Ranked on lists like “Best Children’s Books” and “Top 100 Picture Books” this is a great interactive read with a lot of repetition that helps build vocabulary and a fun slide and find feature that reveals the animal that comes next.

These books come in a series of 52 “That’s not my” volumes, each featuring a different animal with textured parts, either fuzzy, squishy or bumpy for a sensory discovery that is sure to delight.

Words matter  

Babies love to point and repeat, which is what you’ll be doing throughout these first words books. Everything on the images is identified for you to point and name over and over again. There is no better way to learn!

Early life lessons

This book celebrates diversity and all of the beautiful, lovable babies of the world through something that unites all of us: how much we love their chubby little fingers and toes.

Some to look forward to….

Ok, so these are not exactly nursery books, but they’re great to start collecting for your child. Each one features a historical figure like Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi and tells their story in a simplified and fun tale, easy for a young child to grasp.

August 02, 2019 — James DiMiele