Best Books to Gift a New Baby

August 1, 2023

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Kimberly Jolasun

Books are a special gift for newborns - here's our round up of the new and updated classics.

Your village is growing. How exciting! Looking for the best book to gift a newborn? Want to wow everyone at a baby shower? Looking for a gift both practical and sentimental? Check out our guide to the best books to build a new baby’s library.

Reading is important from day 1

Did you know, reading adds up? Even before baby really starts to interact with the outside world, reading should start. Babies can recognize voices and even in the first few weeks their brains are absorbing all the sounds and words that will later be helpful to learn to talk! Wild, right? 

Later on, books help babies learn about the world around them, build imagination and can even help with new transitions. Here are our favorite books to gift a newborn: 

Our favorite books to gift a new baby

Guess How Much I love you, Lap-Size Board Book

A children’s classic that never grows old! For the past 30 years parents have been reading the story of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare. The words, I love you, never grow old or go out of date.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Another classic with illustrating legend Eric Carle at the helm. This book with its vivid animal colors and sing-songy text will open your child’s imagination to the vast array of possibilities.

Please, Baby, Please (Classic Board Books)

This book by Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee examines the exasperating moments most parents face when raising a toddler. Toddlers quickly drain all of our energy but they never stop melting our hearts.

Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses

The cover of the book is as eye-catching as the entire theme. We love that this book portrays that love is the same in all languages. Read this book to your baby, and you won’t be able to resist giving Muchos besos to your little bébé!

Little Blue Truck board book

Friendships and animal sounds…the perfect combination! The story of how the blue truck got stuck in the mud and with the help from animal friends he got back on the road again, will teach your children to help one another.

Peekaboo Morning

Who doesn’t enjoy a game of peekaboo with their favorite baby? This board book and its wonderful illustrations will be a delight for your child.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

This perfectly rhymed text will touch your heart as you see your little one through the pages of this story. As parents, we all want the best for our children. This book expresses those hopes perfectly.

Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

A lullaby of love from a mother to her child. The poetry of James Mercer Langston Hughes combined with the illustrations of Sean Qualls equals a treasure you and your little one will cherish. At Villie we love this book so much it has inspired nursery design too!

What makes your “Best Books for New Baby” list? 

There are some books that are just sentimental, and if there is a special book you read with the mom or dad of the newborn baby - easy! -  that makes a great gift.

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