Oh, the joy of watching a little girl’s eyes light up as she flips through the pages of a colorful book! Whether you’re a parent, educator, or just someone who loves to gift books, finding the perfect read for a young mind is an adventure in itself. With so many options, where do you even start? Well, here’s where I come in! With years in education and a nose perpetually stuck in a book, I’ve put together a list of must-have baby books for girls that are bound to kickstart their love for reading. For boys, check out this must read list of baby books for boys.
This list of baby books for girls is packed with stories that inspire, empower, and celebrate the wonders of girlhood. From books that explore the depths of emotion to those that break down societal norms, these reads are designed to be both engaging and educational. So if you’re ready to build a mini-library that’s as unique as your little girl, read on.
Baby Books for Girls
Check out our collection of baby books for girls:
1. Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle
Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle, is a Caldecott Honor-winning picture book about the trials and joys of friendship. It follows a little girl named Flora and her graceful flamingo friend as they explore their relationship through an elaborate synchronized dance.
Flora is depicted wearing a swimsuit, bathing cap, and flippers, while her feathered friend wears an elegant tutu. This gentle story is sure to delight young readers with its heartwarming illustrations and interactive flaps.
2. Welcome To The World, by Lucy Tapper, Steve Wilson, Forget Me Not Books
Welcome To The World: Keepsake Gift Book for the Arrival Of a New Baby, by Lucy Tapper and Steve Wilson, is an award-winning, delightful and beautifully illustrated hardback picture book that celebrates the joy of a new baby.
Through the story of a charming little elephant, readers are taken on an exciting journey to discover all the wonders the world has to offer. Filled with gorgeous full color illustrations, this book also includes messages of wellbeing, as well as space for a handwritten personal message in the front.
3. Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, is one of the most beloved and widely read children’s books of all time. The story follows a young mother as she sings to her newborn son and reaffirms her love for him throughout his life. As the child grows, the mother continues to sing to him the same song: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”
The story is simple yet heart-warming and speaks to the bond between parent and child. It conveys a powerful message about unconditional love and has become an enduring classic for parents and children alike.
4. I’m a Ballerina!, by Sue Fliess
I’m a Ballerina!, by Sue Fliess is a delightful story about a little girl’s journey as she takes her first steps into the world of ballet. The young protagonist invites readers to join her in her ballet class and follow along as she learns the basic techniques, practices her moves and perfects them in preparation for her very first recital. The book is full of colorful illustrations that bring life to the story, making it easy and enjoyable to read.
The story is perfect for both young readers and young ballerinas as they can easily relate to the little girl’s experiences. As she works hard in her classes, overcomes obstacles and finally takes the stage for her recital, readers will be inspired by her dedication and determination. The book holds a positive message that encourages children to never give up on their dreams and strive for success.
5. The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, is a beloved children’s book about an imaginary game of hide-and-seek between a mother and her child. In this heartwarming story, the little bunny keeps running away from his mother but no matter what he does, she finds him every time. Published in 1942 and never out of print, The Runaway Bunny has become a classic, cherished by generations of readers for its reassuring words and loving pictures.
This captivating Easter and springtime book is perfect for any parent or guardian who wants to share the unconditional power of love with a little one. Through this story, children can learn that no matter how far they go or what they do, their parents will always love them and find them. The Runaway Bunny is more than just a book—it’s a timeless reminder that no one can ever be truly lost if loved ones never give up.
6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
The Wonderful Things You Will Be Kindle Edition, by Emily Winfield Martin, is a children’s book that celebrates the beauty of childhood. Through delightful illustrations and poetic rhymes, the story delights readers with its positive message of love and acceptance. It encourages kids to follow their dreams and explore all the wonderful possibilities in life.
With a heartwarming message of encouragement and hope, this book will become a cherished favorite for generations to come. It’s an inspiring reminder that our children are capable of greatness, no matter their age or stage in life. This timeless gem is sure to bring joy to readers young and old alike!
7. Dear Girl: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal
Dear Girl: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You! is a love letter to girls everywhere written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. The book celebrates the power, strength and unique value of every girl in the world.
Through charming text and stunning illustrations by Holly Hatam, girls are reminded that they are amazing just as they are, no matter what they enjoy doing. Through this book, girls will feel empowered to express themselves and be unapologetically proud of their individual traits. Dear Girl is a reminder that every girl has an amazing story to tell and can make the world a better place.
8. On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
On the Night You Were Born is a board book by Nancy Tillman that celebrates the birth of a new baby and captures the wonder and magic of the special night. It depicts the natural world and different animals coming together to welcome its newest arrival.
On the Night You Were Born has been a New York Times bestseller since its release, and it is sure to become a beloved part of any family library. It is perfect for reading aloud and sharing with your little ones. It will bring joy, warmth, and love to every home.
9. Big Sisters Are the Best, by Fran Manushkin
Big Sisters Are the Best, by Fran Manushkin, is an inspiring book that celebrates the joys of becoming a big sister. It helps young children transition into their new role as elder sibling, preparing them for having a new baby in the house.
The book focuses on all of the things a big sister can do that a baby cannot do, such as going to the park, taking a walk around the block, playing games together and having meaningful conversations. The story is also full of bright illustrations that capture the loving bond between siblings. Through this book, kids can gain insight into their new role as a big sister and learn about all of the wonderful things they can look forward to in their new role.
10. My Little Brave Girl, by Hilary Duff
My Little Brave Girl, by Hilary Duff, is a poetic tribute to little girls everywhere. It reminds them to never give up and reach for their dreams despite the obstacles they face. With stunning illustrations and an inspiring message, this book encourages young women to embrace the world with courage and confidence.
Through this personal love letter from mother to daughter, Hilary Duff seeks to empower the next generation of girls and remind them that they are capable of anything. My Little Brave Girl is a perfect gift for any special occasion, from baby showers and birthdays to graduation or Mother’s Day. Gift this book today and let your little girl know that she can be brave and make her dreams come true.
11. Will You Be My Sunshine, by Julia Lobo, Cottage Door Press
Will You Be My Sunshine: Children’s Board Book, by Julia Lobo, Cottage Door Press is the perfect gift for any special occasion. The book and plush set feature a board book with a soft and cuddly mouse plush, making it an ideal gift for young children. The story follows an adorable little mouse family and friends as they express their unconditional love for one another. The colorful, engaging illustrations and rhyming text make this a must-have book for kids of all ages.
12. You’re My Little Cuddle Bug, by Nicola Edwards
You’re My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards is a charming board book that celebrates the love between parent and child. The story follows a little cuddle bug as they explore their world with the help of their parents.
Featuring chunky pages for little hands, die-cut cuddle bugs to add depth and interest, as well as shaped cut-outs and raised elements, this book is perfect for snuggling up with your little one. The sweet rhymes will captivate children’s imaginations while the illustrations by Natalie Marshall add warmth and character to the story. This heartwarming tale is sure to become a bedtime favorite!
13. I Had a Favorite Hat, by Boni Ashburn
I Had a Favorite Hat, by Boni Ashburn is a charming picture book about a narrator who loves her summer hat. As the seasons change, she must use her crafting skills to transform the hat into something appropriate for every season and holiday. The book follows the same characters from I Had a Favorite Dress, along with an eye-catching art style that won the first book many fans.
Perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents, I Had a Favorite Hat is sure to be another hit! With its creative story and imaginative illustrations, this beautiful book will inspire readers of all ages to embrace their own creativity. Whether it’s crafting a hat or creating something else entirely, I Had a Favorite Hat will help children express their imaginative ideas in the most wonderful way!
14. Claudia and the New Girl, by Ann M. Martin
Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class, until Ashley Wyeth arrives. Ashley’s different from other kids: she wears hippie clothes and has lots of earrings, and is a fantastic artist. Ashley encourages Claudia to pursue her artistic talent, but this creates a dilemma for Claudia, as she’s also part of the Baby-sitters Club.
When her friends help her realize that she’s trying to do two things at once, Claudia starts to see how both Ashley and BSC can be part of her life. After some soul-searching, Claudia makes a decision: She’ll stay with the Baby-sitters Club, but also make time to pursue her art with Ashley. In the end, Claudia learns that it’s possible to make space for both of her passions in her life.
15. Little Black Girl: Oh, the Things You Can Do!, by Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Little Black Girl: Oh, the Things You Can Do!, written by Kirby Howell-Baptiste and illustrated by Paul Davey, is a picture book that celebrates the strength, potential, and joy of being a young Black girl. The story follows one little girl as she works towards her dream of creating a robot for the school fair. Through her determination and passion, she is able to overcome any obstacle that stands in her way.
Along the way, she has help from a strong community of women who encourage and support her journey. As she progresses on her path of success, readers are reminded of the potential of young Black girls everywhere–and the limitless possibilities they can achieve when they follow their dreams.
With this curated list of baby books tailored for girls, I’ve aimed to include works that celebrate diversity, empowerment, and the boundless potential of our little ones. From books that acknowledge the beauty of being different to those that reinforce the significance of family and love, each title has been carefully chosen to enrich your daughter’s early years.
I genuinely believe that the right books can be the stepping stones to a lifetime love of learning. If you find even one book here that resonates with your child, then I’ll consider my mission accomplished. After all, the journey of a thousand imaginations begins with a single page.