Best baby book gifts – The top 20 list

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Baby Book Shelves in ChickPea's Room


Every so often I do an order with Booktopia or Amazon for some of the following titles, which are my all-time favourites as book gifts for babies. I like to have a collection of baby books in my cupboard as sometimes books are out of print and hard to get. And sometimes people have babies when you least expect it…

I try to steer clear of the obvious baby book titles and go for some of the more obscure classics and modern day classics, and I also like to purchase a book for any older siblings from this list here.

For a new baby we normally purchase a hardcover ‘classic’ from the top list, and a couple of board books from this list here. It’s nice to have some keepsake books that are inscribed by the giver and it’s also great for bub to have some of their own board books that cannot be easily destroyed.

I add to this list all the time, depending on what lovely new books are published each year! You can see my list of books for toddlers here as well as all my updated lists for different ages and stages, including babies and toddlers, here.

Best baby books to gift

OK, there are more than 20 titles here … this title is a lie. Where I have reviewed a particular title I have linked to the full review. 

for-all-creatures ‘For All Creatures’ written by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Rebecca Cool. My full review is here.


‘Baby Bedtime’ Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Emma Quay.


‘Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes’ Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Booktopia)

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox (Amazon)


‘Whoever You Are’ Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub


‘Puffling’ Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Julie Vivas (read about why I love this book here).


‘Goodnight, Me’ Written by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay.  each-peach-pear-plum

‘Each Peach Pear Plum’  Janet & Allan Ahlberg.

‘When We Were Very Young’ A.A. Milne


‘Miffy’ series (various titles) by Dick Bruna (read about our Miffy love here!)


‘Amazing Babes’  Written by Eliza Sarlos and illustrated by Grace Lee. Read my full review here.


‘Kissed by the Moon’ Alison Lester.


‘Baby Bilby, Where Do You Sleep?’ Narelle Oliver (see more Narelle Oliver books here).

magic beach

‘Magic Beach’ Alison Lester

ten blue wrens

‘Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle’ Elizabeth Honey. Read my full review here.

‘Diary of a Wombat’ Written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Read more about Jackie French here.


‘Hey Baby!’ by Corrine Fenton


‘Rudie Nudie’ by Emma Quay


‘It’s Bedtime William’ by Deborah Niland


‘Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words’ by Bronwyn Bancroft


‘Little Blue’ by Gaye Chapman…read about my love of this  book here and here and here.

‘Dreamers’ by Ezekiel;Morgan & Sally Kwaymullina. Illustrated by Sally Morgan. have reviewed this title here.


‘One Love’ by Cedella Marley & Bob Marley.  Illustrated by Vanessa Newton- full review here. octopus-s-garden

‘In an Octopus’s Garden’ – full review here.

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Megan Daley Bio

Looking for more great book reviews and recommendations? I’m Megan Daley and you can find out more about me here.

My book recommendations (for babies to young adults) is here and you can peruse ALL of my reviews (searchable by age, genre and theme) here.

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  1. Tamara on Nov 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Great list Megan! Just wondering about those other lovely board books you gave to Em; sharing with Renoir and a picnic with Monet…they were well-loved.

    • Anonymous on Nov 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      So glad they were well loved! I also found a new series of board books yesterday…Cozy Classics. Felted figurines depicting the classics…Pride and Prejudice’ for George Porge.

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