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It’s easy to research (or grill your mom friends about) the best stroller or crib, but narrowing out a quality selection of baby books is where things start to get much more subjective. That’s why we pulled together this definitive list of classics—both new and old—to include in your baby’s first-ever library.

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“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown

This classic about a bunny saying goodnight to everything around him will lull everyone in the room (parents included) to sleep.

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Picture Puffins

“Goodnight Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann

The opposite of Goodnight Moon, this is the tale of a mischievous gorilla who steals the keys from the zookeeper to let all the animals—from the giraffe to the hyena—out for an epic late-night romp.

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“Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming

Noticing a theme here? A bear sets out to (adorably) warn the rest of the creatures in the forest that it’s hibernation time.

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“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Vibrant color palette aside, this story—about a caterpillar who eats his way through the pages on his path to becoming a butterfly—will hook your baby from the start.

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Priddy Books

“The First 100 Words” by Roger Priddy

Cover all the first word basics with your newborn when you read aloud from this sturdy (and very visual) board book.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” by Eileen Christelow

More bedtime hijinks! These monkeys are supposed to be getting some shut-eye, but instead they’re bouncing around. (The moral: It’s all fun and games until someone bumps their head.)

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Viking Press

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

This magical story about a child’s first glimpse of a world covered in snow will make you feel all the feels. (We’re not crying; you’re crying.)

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Western Publishing

“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt

Daddy’s scratchy beard is just as riveting as it was in 1940 when this touch-and-feel book came out.

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Scholastic, Inc.

“I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

There won’t be a dry eye in the house as you page through this beloved story about unconditional baby love.

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“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

Ah, the wonder of a baby’s imagination. (Related: Keep your crayons far, far away from that new white sofa.)

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“Hippos Go Berserk” by Sandra Boynton

Ain’t no party like a hippo party—especially one that teaches your baby how to count.

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Penguin Young Readers

“Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney

A bedtime classic about abandonment, self-sufficiency and fantastic meter and rhyme.

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“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Though slightly scary for the younger set, this classic—about a naughty boy who dreams up a jungle environment filled with, well, wild things—is a must-have for any child with a big imagination.

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Penguin Books

“Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy” by Lynley Dodd

This book chronicles the misadventures of five kooky canines—with Hairy leading the pack.

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Simon and Schuster

“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” by Jimmy Kennedy

Here’s the gist: A bunch of bears picnic in the woods. But the accompanying song will have your one-year-old hooked.

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