10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

It’s true what they say. Babies just love to look at other babies! That’s why I’m compiling a list of the 10 board books with photos of baby faces.

I have found that they are more drawn to actual photos of babies rather than illustrations. There’s just something about it that holds their attention and gets them babbling and interacting. It’s almost like they they’re discovering a new friend looking back at them from the pages of the book!

These types of books geared towards babies usually have only a small amount of text/story or even none at all. While at first it can seem strange to “read” a book with only pictures, you’ll soon find there are dozens of ways to read and explore these books together.

Using Books to Increase Vocabulary

Some of my favourite ways to read these types of books is to go through labelling body parts (nose, hair, eyes), pointing out objects or colours and naming emotions (happy, sad, mad). The best part is, you can do something different each time you read the book.

Here is a list of my favourite board books featuring pictures of real babies.

Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces

Author: Jane Wattenberg

Book cover with a smiling baby face. 10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

From Goodreads: “Nothing is more enticing to a baby than another baby. Now in a bigger size and with brand-new vibrantly colored backgrounds, Chronicle’s groundbreaking board book is better than ever! The 12 pictures of darling baby faces help infants and toddlers explore a complicated range of emotions by showing both happy, smiling babies and cranky, crying babies. The book opens accordion style, so it can stand up in a crib or on the floor to amuse even the youngest infant.”

Baby Touch Your Nose

Author: Dawn Sirett

Book cover with a crawling baby and striped background. 10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

From Goodreads: “Where’s baby’s nose? There it is! Baby Touch Your Nose is an adorable board book with crystal-clear photos, read-aloud text, and an extra-special twinkle on every page. The glittery tactile finger trails encourage pre-writing and fine motor skills, and the sturdy book pages are perfect for small baby hands.”

Global Babies

Author: Global Fund for Children

Book cover with baby wearing hat with tassels. 10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

From Goodreads: “Appealing photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. Global Babies presents children in cultural context. Diverse settings highlight specific differences in clothing, daily life, and traditions, as well as demonstrate that babies around the world are nurtured by the love, caring, and joy that surround them.”

Eat! (Baby Faces)

Author: Roberta Grobel Intrater

Book cover with baby face covered in spaghetti.

From Goodreads: “The perfect mealtime book and an ideal first read-aloud book, this new addition to the popular Baby Faces series has appealing photos of multicultural babies and toddlers, and a brief rhyming text. Babies are mesmerized by other babies — and the strikingly candid photos in EAT! will keep little ones spellbound. Roberta Grobel Intrater’s vibrant photographs capture the many endearing expressions kids make as they’re first learning to eat — everything from the four basic food groups to yummy desserts. Each book contains five spreads and sturdy board pages with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones, and the small convenient size is just right for taking along. Coupled with the simple, rhyming text, this is a perfect mealtime book and an ideal first read-aloud book.”

The Babies and Doggies Book

Author: John Schindel and Molly Woodward

Book cover with dog and baby eating ice cream.

From Goodreads: “When you stop and think about it, babies and doggies do many of the same things. They squirm, sniff, sit, and splash. They play ball and cuddle. Lots of things babies do, doggies do too! This board book explores all of the similar actions shared by baby and baby’s best friend. Illustrated with beautiful, full-color photographs featuring an array of dog breeds and a diverse cast of babies, The Babies and Doggies Book is a visual feast for infants, a fun read-aloud for parents, and treat for baby and dog-lovers.”

The Babies and Kitties Book

Author: John Schindel and Molly Woodward

Book cover with baby and kitten sipping from straws.

From Goodreads: “Jam-packed with colorful photos of adorable kittens and sweet babies, this rhyming board book celebrates all of the ways kids and cats are alike. A companion to The Babies and Doggies Book. When you stop and think about it, babies and kitties do many of the same things: They nap, climb, and hide. They play and cuddle. Lots of things babies do kitties do too! With its brief rhyming text and full-color photographs, The Babies and Kitties Book is engaging for infants, a fun read-aloud for parents, and a treat for baby- and kitty-lovers alike. A companion to The Babies and Doggies Book.”

Baby Faces

Author: Margaret Miller

Book cover with baby face biting lip. 10 Board Books with Photos of Baby Faces

From Amazon: “This book catches some of the classic expressions that moms and dads are always trying to elicit when Grandma and Grandpa are visiting: smiles, pouts, wrinkly noses, and more. This new mini edition of the original best-selling board book is perfect for little hands!”

My First Body

Author: DK

Book cover with baby smiling wearing pink shirt.

From Amazon: “Children can learn about their body in My First Body, an informational board book featuring images illustrating parts of the body. The bold, visual images are labeled clearly and promote early learning and language skills. The books are a sturdy format that is ideal for small hands to hold and carry, and the pages are filled with a distinctive, iconic design. The books can be read either alone or with an adult, and encourage learning on your own. Explore the amazing human body in My First Body.”

Smile! (Baby Faces)

Author: Roberta Grobel Intrater

Book cover of baby grinning showing 5 teeth.

From Amazon: “Share the warmth of a smile with these adorable babies! The perfect snuggletime book and an ideal first read-aloud book, this addition to the popular Baby Faces series has appealing photos of multicultural babies and toddlers and a brief, rhyming text.”

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

Author: Abrams Appleseed

Book cover with colourful text and baby faces.

From Amazon: “This bold, beautiful board book introduces five essential expressions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, and silly. Each expression is introduced with a large image of a baby’s face. Readers are asked to mimic the face, then pick it out from a group of other babies. The very last spread includes all of the expressions from the previous pages, and a mirror so readers can watch themselves make any face they please!”

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