35 Best Baby Books for Boys in 2024 – You’ll Love #22!

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Best Baby Books for Boys

Shopping for baby books for boys is so much fun!

As a former reading and English teacher, I LOVE books!

My most favorite part about getting baby books to read with my children is discovering which ones they end up gravitating to the most.

I naively thought my son was not interested in books at first. Any that I had tried, he wanted to squirm out of my arms and leave.

Then I randomly tried a book that had baby faces on every page, and he was CAPTIVATED. I quickly purchased several more books that were all about facial expressions. It dawned on me I just wasn’t showing him the right books.

He is now two as I write this, and watching his interests evolve has been so much fun to see–from books on facial expressions, to animals, to all things cars and trucks, and more!

He is a reminder to me about the importance in variety. The more exposure we can provide to our children about all the amazing hobbies and explorations that are out there, the better!

That is why this compilation of baby books for boys highlights a wide variety of best baby books to read in all categories:

  • Touch and Feel Books
  • Classic Books
  • Indestructible Books
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books

Side note: Did you know that high contrast books are best for babies? Be sure to include these in your baby book library. Also, are you shopping for baby books for girls, too? If so, check out my recommendations here.

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Touch and Feel Baby Books for Boys

Touch and feel baby books incorporate pages with different textures, from furry dogs to bumpy wheels. These books are wonderful for helping children learn through the five senses and broaden their vocabulary. They encourage interaction and teach new concepts in a fun way. Here are some of the best touch and feel baby books for boys.

1. See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book, by Roger Priddy

Cover of a baby book for boys

Summary: This book contains colorful pictures with happy babies and fun shapes that are in creative textures, patterns, and trails. The book promotes curiosity through sensory play, as every page has a new activity for your baby to explore.

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: This truly is an ideal first book to have in your baby boy’s book collection because of how playful and interactive it is.

It is such a happy book with all the beautiful colors. My kids and I love exploring it together; it promotes such a love of books.

As part of a series, there are many other great See, Touch, Feel books, like this one, too.


2. Baby Touch and Feel: Trucks, by DK

Baby touch and feel book cover on trucks

Summary: Bold, bright pictures of various trucks are on each page with unique textures.

Why I love it: It is an interactive and engaging book that my son wanted to read over and over and over. Any baby boy who loves things that move will be a fan of this book!


3. Amazing Airplane, by Little Hippo Books

Baby touch and feel book cover on airplanes

Summary: Follow a day in the life of an amazing airplane and meet the crew and passengers as they travel.

Why I love it: What little one doesn’t love airplanes?! My children have such a curiosity for planes, and this book teaches them so much about them. It is a lot of fun to read!


4. Never Touch a Shark, by Rosie Greening

Baby touch and feel book cover on a shark

Summary: Never touch a shark…unless it’s in this book! Explore ocean animals in a silly rhyme.

Why I love it: Full of playful, funny rhymes on why not to touch a shark, this book is a favorite in our house. The silicone textures are unlike any other sensory book I’ve seen; they are extra engaging for our little ones.

Plus, the book is part of a 32 book series! We have many of them and love them all, from Never Look for a Chameleon! to Never Touch the Bugs! and more!


5. If I Were a Dragon, by Jellycat

Picture of a baby book for boys about a dragon

Summary: “If I were a dragon…my wings would be shiny…my claws would be scratchy…”

Why I love it: It is a great way to introduce new vocabulary with the interactive meanings of the words.

Made by Jellycat, they offer many other If I were… books, like this one about a dinosaur or this one about a monkey. There are lots of cute animals to choose from!


6. Guess Who’s in the Ocean, by Melissa & Doug

Book cover for toddlers

Summary: Poke the dots and hear them pop as you count the ocean animals. Learn neat facts about sea creatures along the way.

Why I love it: The dots are so exciting to pop. Our children love counting in this book. It is such a clever way to introduce numbers and help with fine motor skills.


7. Puppy Love, by Cottage Door Press

Image of a finger puppet book on a puppy

Summary: Celebrate all the fun things that come with welcoming a puppy into your home.

Why I love it: From patting the puppy’s head to giving it a hug, the text prompts you to interact with the lovable finger puppet, creating lots of giggles and snuggles. By Cottage Door Press, this book is one of many adorable finger puppets your little one will be sure to love!


8. Noisy Farm, by Tiger Tales

Interactive baby book on farm animals

Summary: Learn about farm animals by feeling their different coats and hearing their different animal sounds.

Why I love it: The button to each animal plays very realistic animal sounds, and each page includes fun facts about farm animals. This is a much loved book by our children.


9. Marine Animals and Jungly Tails, by hahaland Store

Fabric book with textured animal tails for babies

Summary: Made from soft cloth, these two sensory books have lots of fun tails to explore.

Why I love it: I didn’t know about fabric books until I became a mom, and I just think they are awesome. They provide something different to feel and see than the average board book or picture book. My babies love them, and we have a few others that you can check out here.


Classic Baby Books for Boys

A book becomes a classic when it has maintained popularity well passed the time it was written. Here are some of the top classic baby books for boys. They are definitely some of the best baby books to read!

10. Curious George Classic Collection, by H. A. Rey

Classic baby book for boys box set of 7 Curious George books

Summary: A complete collection of the seven original Curious George books.

Why I love it: My children LOVE Curious George. Discovering what he is up to and the silly things he does makes my children giggle and ask so many questions. It is such a timeless collection that is thoroughly enjoyed in our house. Curious George is easily one of my son’s most favorite books.


11. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Classic baby book for boys

Summary: Follow Max and his imagination as he dresses up in his wolf costume and sets sail on an island inhabited by The Wild Things who name him king.

Over THIRTY THOUSAND five star reviews!

Voted #4 on the list of “Top Check Outs of All Time” in New York’s Public Library.

Ranked as a Teacher’s Pick on Amazon.

Why I love it: I am quite fond of this book, as it was my little brother’s most cherished childhood book. It is one of the most imaginative, entertaining stories ever that is well loved in our house by all. You can’t go wrong having this one in your library!


12. Lift the Flap: Nursery Rhymes, by Roger Priddy

Classic baby book on nursery rhymes

Summary: With large flaps that reveal fun surprises as you read about classics like Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill, your little one will be sure to enjoy this book of classic nursery rhymes.

Why I love it: I am a former reading teacher and learned in college that nursery rhymes have a lot of educational benefits, from exposing your child to story structure, phonemic awareness, and more. But, some of the original nursery rhymes can be odd and dark…This book contains only the fun ones. If you are not big on nursery rhymes but still want your child to know the classic ones, this condensed version is great for that.


13. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

Classic baby book about snow

Summary: Follow Peter as he discovers the magic and wonder of the first day of snowfall.

A Caldecott Medal winner!

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Voted Teacher’s Pick on Amazon!

Why I love it: Learning about snow for the first time is so exciting! This is such a sweet classic that is a must-read for every child.


14. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Classic baby book about animals

Summary: This slide-and-find book takes you through different animals and what they see.

Why I love it: The slide-and-find feature is unique and well loved by my children. It creates for a very engaging reading experience. If you don’t know much about Eric Carle, he painted tissue paper to make his illustrations in all his books…pretty neat!


15. Marvel Super Heroes 8 Book Library, by Brian Houlihan

Classic baby books set of 8 on super heroes

Summary: This is an 8 book library of the mightiest super heroes and their awesome adventures. The set comes with a Me Reader Electronic Reader, where your child can press a button to have the book be read aloud to him.

Why I love it: My children love these. Learning about super powers really lets their imaginations expand!


16. Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

Classic toddler book by Dr. Seuss

Summary: Follow Sam-I-Am as he encourages the main character to try green eggs and ham in a tongue-twisting, fun-loving rhyme, where he finally takes a bite and discovers that he actually really likes green eggs and ham.

THOUSANDS of five-star reviews!

Voted Teacher’s Pick on Amazon!

Why I love it: My list would not be complete without mentioning Dr. Seuss. He is one of my most favorite authors and illustrators with his amazing imagination and sense of humor. This book is easily one of my son’s most favorite books.

The overall message is so perfect for little eaters: Try new food before forming the opinion that you don’t like it.

Whenever my toddlers say, “I don’t like it,” when served a new food, I often say a line from the book, “You do not like green eggs and ham…You do not like it. So you say. Try it! Try it! And you may…” and they smile and end up taking a bite!


17. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Classic lift-the-flap book on Spot the dog

Summary: “That Spot. He hasn’t eaten his supper. Where can he be?” In this interactive lift-the-flap book, help Sally find Spot.

Nearly THIRTY THOUSAND five star reviews!

Why I love it: This was one of my most favorite books as a child, so I was so excited to receive it as a gift for my son. And he too, loves the book. Searching for Spot and learning about the animals Sally finds along the way is lots of fun!


Board Books Baby Books for Boys

Board Books help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. With the sturdy pages and (usually) smaller book size, they are easy for little hands to hold and turn the pages. Here are some of the best baby books to read in this category.

18. Baby Faces, by DK

Baby faces baby book

Summary: See pictures of happy babies, laughing babies, crying babies, and more.

Why I love it: It is this book that initiated my son’s love of reading. Until I had shown him this book, he expressed little interest in reading. I quickly learned how much he absolutely loved looking at facial expressions. It was this book, plus this one and this one that he could not get enough of as a baby boy.

Highly recommend as one of the best baby books for the first year!


19. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherry Duskey Rinker

Picture of a baby book about construction

Summary: Learn about different construction trucks as they get ready to go to bed after a day’s work.

Over TWENTY THOUSAND five-star reviews!

#1 New York Times Bestseller!

Why I love it: This book is simply awesome. It is easily a family favorite, loved by all in our house. Our children cannot get enough of it. Written in a rhyme, the words flow so easily. It is beautifully written.


20. If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, by Linda Bailey & Colin Jack

Picture of a baby book on dinosaurs

Summary: Spark imagination with all the silly ways you can use (and not use) a dinosaur if you happen to have one lying around your home.

Why I love it: This book is so cute and goofy. It is another family favorite for sure!


21. Follow That Tractor, by Carles Ballesteros

Cover of an interactive baby book about a tractor on the farm

Summary: Lift the felt flaps to find the tractor and learn about farm animals along the way. “…Is he behind the trough? Oink, Oink…Follow that tractor!”

Why I love it: Lift-the-flap books are great for engaging little ones. This is easily one of our son’s most favorite board books, as he loves tractors and animals!


22. First 100 Board Book Box Set, by Roger Priddy

Set of three first 100 words box set for babies

Summary: Learn everyday words with the images and text within First 100 Animals, First 100 Words, and First 100 Animals.

Why I love it: These books are awesome! The pictures and words are perfect for building vocabulary and stimulating speech. These are essential baby books for any household. My son loves studying the real life images, especially the babies in these books!


23. Boynton’s Greatest Hits: The Blue Box, by Sandra Boynton

4 best-selling books by Sandra Boynton

Summary: This set includes four famously popular books from the beloved Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La La La!; A to Z; Doggies; and Blue Hat Green Hat).

Why I love it: One of my most favorite children’s authors is Sandra Boynton. My kids love ALL of Sandra Boynton’s books because they are so funny and creative. They are especially fun to read aloud because they are written with such a rhythm they become like songs.

We also have these ones, too, that are equally enjoyable:

Sandra Boynton’s books are must-reads for sure!


24. Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell

A lift-the-flap baby book on zoo animals

Summary: “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me an elephant! He was too big. I sent him back…so they sent me a….” Will the perfect pet be found?!

Over TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND five star reviews!

Why I love it: Lift-the-flap books are engaging surprises that intrigue curiosity. A letter to the zoo is a cute way to learn about animals.


25. I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rossettie Shustak

A baby boy with a teddy bear on a book cover for infants to toddlers

Summary: “I love your hair and your eyes, your giggles and your cries…” A toddler and his teddy bear show their happy side, silly side, mad side, and more.

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: This is such a sweet story illustrating a parent’s unconditional love for a child. It is a snuggle-up-with-your-son book for sure.

26. Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden

Baby book cover

Summary: Guess who is hiding with a cut-out hint on each page.

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: This book was a big hit with our babies for the longest time, as it is very engaging with the hole in the middle of each page. The last page is a mirror…”Peek-a…you!” Very fun and interactive!

Indestructible Baby Books for Boys

The original Indestructibles are a brand of books that are 100% washable, rip proof, chew proof, and nontoxic. They are literally indestructible, making them perfect for babies! There are so many to choose from, but these are some of our favorites.

27. Baby, Let’s Eat

Cover of an indestructible baby book

Summary: Discover food in colors of the rainbow.

Why I love it: Reading about food is another fun and educational way to expose babies to the wonderful world of solids!


28. Baby, See the Colors!

Cover of an indestructible baby book

Summary: “The sky is blue–and so are blueberries! Flowers and giraffes are yellow–school buses, too!”

Why I love it: The images are large and bright. The text is educational.


29. Baby, Let’s Count!

Cover of an indestructible baby book

Summary: This book practices counting with farm animals.

Why I love it: It is simple and basic–perfect for young minds!


30. Baby Faces: A Book of Happy, Silly, Funny Faces

Cover of an indestructible baby book

Summary: Explore facial expressions with cute, simple phrases to pair: “Are you feeling happy? Hurray!…Are you feeling hungry? Yum-yum!”

Why I love it: Similar to my reason above, the simplicity is great for early readers. And, it is a known fact babies love looking at other faces, so this book is greatly enjoyed!

Picture Books for Baby Boys

Picture books provide so many wonderful benefits to emerging readers. The illustrations alongside the text allow children to better develop vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and so much more. Here are some of the best ones.

31. Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle

Cover of a picture book

Summary: Meet Blue and his friends as they drive the hills of the country road and meet a new neighbor.

Why I love it: The message about friendship and helping others is so sweet. Told in a rhyme with animal and truck sounds, the rhythm as you read is lots of fun. Our son loves this book!


32. The Little Dump Truck, by Margery Cuyler

Cover of a picture book

Summary: “I’m a little dump truck run by Hard Hat Pete, rattle-rattle-clatter, driving down the street…” Learn about construction in the day of the life of Hard Hat Pete.

Why I love it: This is one of our son’s most loved books. The lyrical text is super cute and playful.


33. Grumpy Monkey, by Suzanne Lang

Cover of a picture book

Summary: Jim the chimpanzee is having a bad day. He woke grumpy, and all of his well-intended friends tell him it is such a beautiful day, so he should not be grumpy. They each give him suggestions on how to feel better, but all the advice causes him to have a meltdown. By the end of the book, his friend Norman says it is okay to be grumpy. That alone helps Jim start to feel better…

#1 New York Times best selling picture book

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: The overall message that it is okay to have different emotions, that it is okay to feel grumpy and be true to ourselves is so great. It is told in such a playful storyline that it is sure to spark giggles and conversation.


34. Dear Boy, by Paris Rosenthal and Jason B. Rosenthal

Cover of a picture book

Summary: A love letter from a parent to a young boy, this endearing book illustrates a parent’s unconditional love and shares the message that you are amazing just the way you are.

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: This is a very sweet, tender message that will warm anyone’s heart!


35. Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, by Nancy Tillman

Picture book for a baby boy

Summary: “I wanted you more than you will ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go…”

THOUSANDS of five star reviews!

Why I love it: I saved best for last…This is one of my most favorite children’s books of all time because the message on love of a parent to a child is the sweetest. I read this book almost every night to my son when I was pregnant with him. This book holds a special place in my heart!


Nurturing a lifelong love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. I hope you love these baby books for boys just as much as my family does; they truly are some of the best baby books to read!

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