Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 0 – 2
by Dena McMurdie
Books make fantastic gifts for babies and toddlers. They love new toys and tolerate new clothes, but books create long-lasting memories. Giving a child a book means giving them time for stories, snuggling, and connection. And I can’t think of a better gift than one that creates quality time with a loved one.
Here are the best board books to give to the special baby or toddler in your life this holiday season.
Bluey: At Home with the Heelers
Babies who love Bluey will squeal with delight when they open this house-shaped board book. Tiny readers can spend a day with their favorite dog family and play with each pup. They’ll want to read this book on repeat!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Peekaboo Christmas
Help your toddler look for The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he wanders around the Christmas tree. Try to spot him between the ornaments or peeking out from behind the presents. This book makes an excellent addition to your child’s holiday book collection!
Touch and Learn: Space
Journey through outer space and explore the solar system with this touch-and-feel board book. Colorful artwork with seek-and-find objects on every page will make it a favorite for little readers. They’ll also enjoy the companion books Touch and Learn: Ocean and .
There’s an Elf in Your Book
Get ready for some interactive holiday fun with this funny bone-tickling board book. The mischievous elf helps readers get into the holiday spirit by having them sing, clap, and repeat giggle-worthy phrases. It will be your toddler’s favorite holiday book!
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Adurable: Little Pups in Big Trucks
Head to puppy school with Dig Doug, Puddles, and Cheddar! Little readers will love the adorable dog characters, bright colors, and learning how the puppies work together to help their teacher out of a dangerous situation.
The Christmas Wish
Just in time for holiday gift giving, this bestselling modern classic is now available in board book format! A little girl named Anja sets out across a snowy landscape, searching for the North Pole. Animals of all shapes and sizes help her make the journey. This sweet story makes an excellent stocking stuffer.
We Are Friends: At Home
This sweet picture book helps introduce your little one to the idea of friendship, with help from toys found around the house. And for even more fun, this book includes a press-out mobile of the characters found throughout the book that you can hang over your baby’s crib – a constant reminder that your friends are never too far away.
Babies Love Animals
Young babies love the adorable animal characters and stark contrast in this book’s black and white illustrations. It’s double-sided and accordion-style, making it the perfect distraction for your baby when you need to occupy them for a few minutes.
Jim Panzee is having a bad day and doesn’t know why. The other jungle animals try to cheer him up by offering advice, but it only makes him grumpier. And grumpier. Until his unpleasant feelings explode into a whirlwind tantrum. This #1 New York Times bestselling book shows little readers that everyone has bad days, and that’s okay.
Roald Dahl 123
Now even the youngest readers can enjoy Roald Dahl’s quirkiness with this counting book. Featuring characters and art from Dahl’s stories, this book makes an excellent gift for any young child.
Tree: A Peek-Through Board Book
Explore a tree through the seasons with this gorgeous, die-cut board book. From bears to birds, readers peek through cut-outs on each page to spy animals playing in the tree. Check out the companion book Moon for more peek-through fun.
Here We Are: Book of Opposites
Introduce your baby to the beautiful world of Oliver Jeffers with this book of opposites. Little children will learn the difference between big and small, young and old, and outside and inside. Children and parents alike adore Jeffers’s quirky sense of humor and unique illustration style.
Uni the Unicorn: Reindeer Helper
Tiny unicorn lovers will be thrilled to find this magical book under the tree. On Christmas Eve, Uni stumbles across a lost reindeer who was supposed to help pull Santa’s sleigh. Determined to help, Uni and the reindeer follow the trail of empty milk glasses, fallen presents, and jingling sleigh bells until they catch up to Santa.
Spin and Spot Things That Go
Encourage your child’s curiosity with this fantastic interactive book all about vehicles! As you and your child read this board book, you’ll learn about how people are transported, from trains and helicopters to bicycles and rockets! The book also includes a wheel that little hands can spin, making this an unforgettable interactive experience.
Shapes, counting, food, and humorous insects make this board book a must-have for little readers. Babies and toddlers will love counting shapes and seeing what they create when put together. They’ll also enjoy watching the tiny ants haul the food to their anthill and try to fit it inside.
Happy Hanukkah, Pups! (PAW Patrol)
Join the PAW Patrol cast as they prepare for a Hanukkah party. From decorations to food and games, the pups want everything perfect. Little readers will count along as the puppies gather the supplies to ensure the party goes off without a hitch.
Snowmen at Work
The snowmen from Snowmen at Night head to work in this companion book. Tiny readers will giggle at the snowmen performing dentistry and food delivery jobs, among others. Humor and wit fill this beloved story, now available in a toddler-friendly board book format.
Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?
Find out how your child’s favorite machines celebrate Christmas. From hanging lights to organizing piles of gifts, these adorable machines prepare for the holiday season. Toddlers obsessed with construction vehicles will want to read this book every day.
Llama Llama Time to Play
Introduce your toddler to time concepts in this push-and-pull board book. They’ll learn the times of day with Llama by moving the interactive sliders on each page. It’s the perfect gift for little readers who adore the Llama Llama stories or Netflix series.
Richard Scarry’s 100 First Words
When it comes to giftable board books, you can’t go wrong with one that teaches vocabulary to babies. Join the adorable animal characters from Busytown as they learn 100 words for objects and actions.
More Great Gifts for Babies & Toddlers:
What’s in the Box?
Hello, World Series
The Smell of a Rainbow
Dr. Seuss’s The Sounds of Grinchmas
Llama Llama Colors
Women in Science
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Winter
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Here We Are: Animals
All About Bluey
She Persisted in Sports
Thanks a Lot
This Is the Way We Trim the Tree