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Progressive Baby Books To Read in 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Progressive Baby Books. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

You Are Light by Aaron Becker

This product was recommended by Peter Schoeman from The Dog Adventure

It is a book that focuses on color instead of words. Recommended by Astoria Bookshop’s Beach and Brooklyn Public Library’s Payne, this board book features translucent die-cut circles that can be held up to the light for an interactive experience. I think it works well for very young children and babies that are often obsessed with light. It’s also great for older kids who think that they’ve outgrown board books because it does something innovative. It’s a great one to hold up to a window, or a lamp, as you read with your baby and explore that. The illustrations and simple text in this die-cut board book are gorgeous on their own, but the translucent colored circles make it something magical.


Moo Ba La La La! by Sandra Boynton

This product was recommended by Julian Goldie from Goldie Agency

When it comes to board books that are great for reading aloud to your baby, both Straub and Payne recommend this one by Sandra Boynton. In terms of my just absolutely entry-level immediate favorite, there’s nobody better than Sandra. Her books are bright and colorful and they rhyme. This one is probably my absolute favorite. It’s funny; it’s goofy. And just joyful. It is ridiculous and fun. Payne agrees, calling it one of her all-time favorites. It’s been around forever — they even made an app out of this book because it’s so delightful — and it employs the three R’s’ which help children develop language: rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. It’s also just a really fun read-aloud about singing pigs and different animal noises. It’s one of those books that doesn’t get old if your child wants to read it to you for the 300th time, because it’s short and delightful, all at the same time.


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

This product was recommended by Muhammad Mateen Khan from PureVPN

This is a great book for kids who always ask why? The story encourages kids to question everything and always be on the lookout for answers. Starring a girl of color who has a passion for STEM, it’s a sneaky way to teach perseverance to your kid.


Olivia Let’s Meet Some Adorable Zoo Animals! by Chilkibo Publishing

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the most famous animals in the zoo. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating animals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the animals.


Eliana & Cute Bedtime Pals by Chilkibo Publishing

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few lovely cartoon characters! Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating bedtime pals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the bedtime pals.


Wyatt let’s meet some farm & countryside animals! by Chilkibo Publishing

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the most famous animals in the countryside. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating animals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the animals.


Eleanor & Bedtime Teddy Bear Fellows by Chilkibo Publishing

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few sweet teddy bear friends. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating cartoon characters, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the teddy bears.


Willow, let’s get to know some fascinating marine life!

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the most famous fish under the sea. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating animals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the animals.


Jackson, Let’s Meet Some Exotic Birds!

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the most exotic birds. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating birds, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the birds.


Sophia, Let’s Meet Some Delightful Jungle Animals!

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the delightful jungle animals. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating animals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the animals.


Luna, Let’s Meet Some Charming Bugs & Insects!

This product was recommended by John Zander from Chilkibo Publishing

This book for toddlers gives your child a great adventure while they see a few of the delightful bugs and insects. Use this book any time your child wants to see fascinating animals, or simply tell it as a bedtime story to give them lovely dreams of all the insects.


Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel

This product was recommended by Anna White from Rest & Heal

Our company, Rest & Heal, is focused on supporting women through life’s bigger challenges, including new motherhood. This book is a must-read for all new parents, as it explores the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Drawing on stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, the authors explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.


Herstory by Katherine Halligan

This product was recommended by Holly Nordenberg from I’m With Holly

This is a very progressive book that contains 50 short stories about how women have made a huge impact on the world. It’s an inspiring book that fosters inclusivity and equality.


Naming Your Little Geek by Scott Rubin

This product was recommended by Scott Rubin from Naming Your Little Geek

In addition to being a solid source of potential names for kids and an awesome compendium of cool characters, Naming Your Little Geek points out interesting unisex names and has an introductory message explaining that no name is inherently gendered and any name can be used by anyone regardless of gender.


Rocket Science for Babies by Chris Ferrie

This product was recommended by Josefin Björklund from Topp Casino Bonus

If you are a science enthusiast or looking for engineer board books or infant science books to surprise your little ones, then Rocket Science for Babies is a fantastic book you can find for your baby. It is designed to teach babies about the most fundamental basics of science. And also, it’s never too early to make your baby a rocket scientist. The book is written by Chris Ferrie, an award-winning physicist and senior lecturer for Quantum Software and information at the University of Technology Sydney. His short-lived explanation of fuel for a rocket ship will send your baby to fall over into the fascinating world of rocket science. This book is completely age-suitable and baby-accessible, with bright colors and a simple sentence structure. An amazing way to help stimulate interest in math and science from a too early age.


That’s Not My Momma’s Milk by Julia Barcalow

This product was recommended by Helen Long from Vegan Family Guide

This vegan book gently explains where milk comes from. The answer is not just cows, but all mammals, including humans. This fact is sometimes missed in children’s literature. My baby related to the nursing baby animals in the book, and their shared interests in cuddling family.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

This product was recommended by Helen Long from Vegan Family Guide

A trip around the world which celebrates what babies have in common through rhyme, actions and cosy pictures.


I’m Here, I’m Here! by Valerie Carlson Pressley

This product was recommended by Valerie Carlson Pressley from Writing For Kids

I’m Here, I’m Here by Valerie Pressley, celebrates the special milestones of your baby’s first year in this playful and engaging book for newborns and their grown-ups. From grabbing toes to taking first steps, I’m Here, I’m Here! showcases the amazing things a little one can do! This is the first of a series of six books, each one celebrating a child’s age-appropriate accomplishments.


I’m One, I’m One! by Valerie Carlson Pressley

This product was recommended by Valerie Carlson Pressley from Writing For Kids

I crawl, I cruise, I walk, and I run. Better watch out, because here I come! Who knew being One could be so much fun? Celebrate a little one’s busy year of growth and discovery in this sweet and fun-to-read tribute to being the wonderful age of One! I’m One, I’m One! is the second of a series of six books by Valerie Carlson Pressley, each one celebrating a child’s age-appropriate accomplishments


I’m Two, I’m Two! by Valerie Carlson Pressley

This product was recommended by Valerie Carlson Pressley from Writing For Kids

I’m Two, I’m Two, and there’s so much to do! Determined and curious is what being Two is all about! This book for toddlers is filled with all sorts of giddy moments and special milestones that you and your little one will want to read and relive over and over. I’m Two, I’m Two! is the third of a series of six books by Valerie Carlson Pressley, each one celebrating a child’s age-appropriate accomplishments.


Baby Feminists by Libby Babbott-Klein

This product was recommended by Andrea Ippolito from SimpliFed

I love this book because we know that exposing children to role models is critical. The book highlights the pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the icon tennis player Billie Jean King, and the artist Frida Kahlo, to name a few. The quote from Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund rings true here “You can’t be what you can’t see. Also it is a lift-the-flap book so your baby gets to actively participate too! My daughter Mae, named after Mae Jemison, loves flap books and it is something she can look forward to.


The Teensy Weensy Virus by Sherri L Rose

This product was recommended by Sherri L. Rose from Sherri Rose Books

COVID-19 is a big deal, but with all that adults have to worry about, it’s easy to overlook the pandemic’s impact on children. This book provides a great way for parents and caregivers to introduce and reinforce the importance of safety measures to children, while giving kids the opportunity to ask questions and share their feelings. Embracing the latest science, The Teensy Weensy Virus pairs simple, kid-friendly explanations with bright, colorful illustrations, while offering additional resources for adults and an informative song to help lighten the mood as families engage with this serious topic.


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