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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to first words. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about first words.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about first words can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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100 First Words: City
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Edward Underwood
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With flaps to lift on every page, this stylish first words book is full of objects for children to recognize in a city or town. With a clear grid layout and bold, easy-to-lift card flaps, this stylish first words book is full of objects for children to recognize in a city or town. Every word is brought to life with charming artwork by homeware designer Edward Underwood. And with flaps to lift on every page, little ones will enjoy exploring this book over and over.

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My First 100 Animal Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Discover new favorite critters while learning new words with this adorable and educational animal book for kids!From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 animal words every baby should know. With 100 colorful illustrations to look at and talk about, this is the perfect learning tool for your little animal lover.Each spread in this adorable primer focuses on 8 to 12 animal words–from axolotl to armadillo, from cassowary to krill, from tardigrade to tadpole and more! This bright and engaging book is the perfect way to introduce the words every budding zoologist needs.

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Big Words for Fearless Girls: 1,000 Big Words for Girls with Big Dreams
Written by Stephanie Miles & illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Big Words for Fearless Girls is a first-of-its-kind primer bursting with powerful first words girls will need to pursue their big dreams. The vibrant, oversized board book comes packed with 1,000 brightly illustrated words, all interwoven with 100 female heroes and inspiring messages. Readers will learn colors with Frida Kahlo, animals with Jane Goodall, things that go with Amelia Earhart, fruits and vegetables with Julia Child, and more–but the words don’t stop there. Girls will also find hundreds of powerful words on activism, government, science, engineering, and more to get them ready to blaze ahead and better the world!

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Brian Wildsmith's Animal Gallery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Discover a troop of kangaroos, an ambush of tigers, a rafter of turkeys, and a flotilla of swordfish in this glorious introduction to the animal kingdom from internationally acclaimed artist Brian Wildsmith. A lion yawns lazily in the grass. Curious giraffes crane their long necks. Step into this rich world of animals from an extraordinary illustrator whose work influenced generations of younger artists. Each animal’s essence is strikingly captured, from the playfulness of otters to a noisy gathering of parrots, while panoramic pictures give a real sense of the animals’ habitats. Collective nouns – some familiar, others wonderfully surprising – are used to describe each group of animals. Brian Wildsmith’s stunning illustrations will inspire a love of nature and a respect for animals from the earliest age.

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My First 100 Art Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The perfect primer of essential STEAM words for your little genius from the #1 Science author, Chris Ferrie!

Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce them to art words that go beyond the basics.

From painting to photography, from music to theater, from literature to history and more, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs!

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  • My First 100 Nature Words - Add to your little genius’s knowledge with the essential first words related to all things nature! From the #1 science author for kids, Chris Ferrie! From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 nature words every baby should know. Each spread in this nature primer focuses on 8 to 12 words related to nature all over the planet—from glacier to algae to vertebrate, and so much more! Chris Ferrie’s latest offering is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest naturalists. After all, it’s never too early to learn about the world around us!

  • The ABCs of Love - Share your love with your little one from A to Z!Combining the evergreen message of love with charming animal illustrations and sweet rhymes, The ABCs of Love shows your little one you love them with every letter of the alphabet!A is for Always. I always love you more.B is for Butterfly kisses. It’s you that I adore.C is for Cuddles. I squeeze you nice and tight.D is for Dreaming as I tuck you in at night.

  • My First 100 Engineering Words - The perfect primer of essential STEAM words for your little genius from the #1 Science author, Chris Ferrie! Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce them to engineering words that go beyond the basics. From chemical to computer, from electrical to environmental, from civil to industrial and more, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs!

  • My First 100 Construction Words - Chris Ferrie once again brings complex ideas to babies with My First 100 Construction Words. Now your little genius is ready to learn the essential first construction words!From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 construction words every baby should know. With 100 colorful illustrations to look at and talk about, this is the perfect tool for your budding builder.Each spread in this adorable primer focuses on 8 to 12 words related to the building and construction–from hard hat to insulation, millwright to welder, trowel to rigging and more! Chris Ferrie’s latest offering is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest readers–after all, it’s never too early to become a construction enthusiast!

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My First 100 Ocean Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
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My Big Train Book
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

This updated edition of an all-time Priddy Books favorite is the perfect addition to the bookshelf of any train-crazy toddler! From high-speed trains to steam trains, passenger trains to freight trains, My Big Train Book is packed with photographs of all different kinds of trains from over the world to delight and captivate young readers. Designed in Roger Priddy’s classic, timeless format, this book has enduring appeal and educational value that sustains fun, stimulating reading, again and again. Also available: My Big Animal Book, My Big Truck Book

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My First 100 Science Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The perfect primer of essential STEAM words for your little genius from the #1 Science author, Chris Ferrie!

Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce them to science words that go beyond the basics.

From physics to biology, from astronomy to geography, from medicine to thermodynamics and beyond, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs!

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My First 100 Mathematics Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The perfect primer of essential STEAM words for your little genius from the #1 Science author, Chris Ferrie!

Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce your little one to math words that beyond the basics.

From algebra to calculus, from geometry to statistics, from logic to computing and more, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs!

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Bigger Words for Little Geniuses
Written by Susan Patterson and James Patterson & illustrated by Hsinping Pan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Kids are never too young to start learning! With big, fun-to-say words for every letter of the alphabet, this book will deliver read-aloud laughs while teaching something new to both parent and child. Do you know your gnashnabb from your widdershins? When was the last time you saw something orchidaceous or dolichopodous? Learn all these sophisticated words and more in this brilliant picture book by bestselling authors James and Susan Patterson! With bright, imaginative artwork by Hsinping Pan, each word offers a definition and pronunciation to give your little genius—and you!—the most impressive vocabulary ever. Includes a list of extra words in the back for further learning.

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  • First Words - Italian - Perfect for introducing very young children to the Italian language, this colourful board book features 12 words to learn – from ‘sun’ and ‘shoes’ to ‘beach’ and ‘bed’. Each word is accompanied by an illustration and pronunciation guide that make the vocabulary easy to learn. From Lonely Planet Kids, First Words Italian is a great learning resource for families planning a trip or practicing a new language at home. Our dedicated First Words website features a free audio pronunciation guide where you can hear each word spoken out loud.

  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Hiking Alphabet - Get ready to go on a hiking adventure and learn your ABCs with Mrs. Peanuckle! A is for AirB is for Bears, Birds, and Bunnies C is for CompassMrs. Peanuckle takes on the outdoors and shares all her favorite animals, plants, and more in her latest tour of the ABCs! From A to Z, Mrs. Peanuckle introduces toddlers to 26 different natural-world experiences. With playful text, bright illustrations, and sturdy pages, Mrs. Peanuckle’s alphabet book engages toddlers and takes them on an alphabet adventure through the natural world!

  • My First 100 Technology Words - The perfect primer of essential STEAM words for your little genius from the #1 Science author, Chris Ferrie! Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce them to technology words that go beyond the basics. From computers to flying, from electronics to medicine, from automotive technology to scientific and more, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs!

  • What Am I?: A Let's Learn Spanish Book - What Am I?, a Let’s Learn Spanish lift-the-flap book, introduces little ones to the Spanish words for things that go. Clickity clack, clickity clack. What’s that racing down the track. It takes us far, then home again. “ALL ABOARD!” Come ride the tren (train). Introducing a creative way to learn first words in Spanish, What Am I? uses the power of rhyme and lift-the-flaps to teach basic transportation names. Perfect for young readers and families looking for a gentle introduction into a new language, What Am I? focuses on everyday vehicles in the second book in the Let’s Learn Spanish series.

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Clothes
Written & illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: Clothes, build vocabulary and explore the fundamentals of what we wear – whether it’s a frilly party dress or a pair of ripped jeans.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.

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Les 100 Premiers Mots Pour Les Enfants Canadiens
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Renforcez leurs capacités langagières et soyez prêts à des heures de lecture remplies de plaisir et de découvertes! Les 100 Premiers Mots pour les Enfants Canadiens est plein de photos en couleur pour aider les petits curieux à découvrir le monde qui les entoure. Un vocabulaire approuvé par les éducateurs en primant les mots sur la nourriture, la famille, les animaux, le mouvement des objets et le jeu. Le livre idéal pour la croissance des petits crânes.

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First 100 Animals
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

First 100 Animals has become a must-have for any baby’s bookshelf, frequently appearing in Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has sold over a million copies worldwide and is published in over 20 languages. This larger edition has all the same appeal to babies and toddlers, who will love to discover the 100 animals inside. The bright, clear photographs and word labels are ideal for developing picture–word association and the book is an excellent vocabulary builder. The pages are made from durable board and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. Publishing alongside First 100 Words.

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First Book of Colors
Written & illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce babies and toddlers to color with this bright and bold board book—a striking new addition to the top-selling First 100 series, which has sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone. There are over 100 photographs of colorful objects to look at and talk about, with labels to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. First Book of Colors will make a fabulous addition to any early-learning library.

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100 Things to Make Baby Smile
Written by Sally Little & illustrated by Gareth Llewhellin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

This sweetly illustrated, padded board book of first words introduces toddlers to common vocabulary words and is sure to make you and your baby smile!

Baby will giggle, laugh, and delight as you turn the pages of this sweetly illustrated padded board book that introduces common first words that baby will love.

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  • Jane Foster's Summertime - Introduce little ones to summertime in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and irresistible board book, children will be introduced to bold summertime images such as ice cream, a bicycle, a sandcastle, a swimming pool, and more! Praise for Jane Foster’s ABC and Jane Foster’s 123: “Both titles are stunningly simple, but Foster is able to create some truly arresting images here, making both books pleasurable repeat reads. A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers.”-starred review, Kirkus Reviews “It’s a book that style-minded parents and kids can appreciate equally.”-starred review, Publishers Weekly “This unusually attractive counting board book from the British illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster shows off her style in a way that will catch - and hold - the eye of grown-ups and younger children alike.”-New York Times Children’s Board Book roundup review

  • Who Am I? - Who Am I?, a Let’s Learn Spanish lift-the-flap book introduces little ones to the Spanish words for animals around the house. I purr and play with yarn and string. “Me-ow, me-ow” is what I sing. I’m striped or plain or calico I am a furry, sweet gato (cat). Introducing a creative way to learn first words in Spanish, Who Am I? uses the power of rhyme and lift-the-flaps to teach basic animal names. Perfect for young readers and families looking for a gentle introduction into a new language, Who Am I? focuses on everyday animals in the first book in the Let’s Learn Spanish series.

  • First Words - Introduce little ones to their first words in this bold board book by the wonderfully talented illustrator team Hannah + Holly. In this striking board book, children will be introduced to Hannah + Holly’s classic and distinctive images accompanied by related words in groupings such as food, animals, school, clothes, home, and weather. Embossed throughout, children will love tracing their fingers over the raised surfaces as they learn to identify familiar objects.

  • See Touch Feel: 123 - See, Touch, Feel: 123 is a fantastic first concepts book from Priddy Books. This cased board book introduces numbers to young children in a fun and simple way. With raised textures to explore, and lively rhyming text, it is a joy to share and enjoy together. The See, Touch, Feel series is specially designed to stimulate toddlers through creative play, encouraging the development of motor skills and word and picture recognition. Designed to be a sensory experience, each image is raised with textures to feel and explore. The artwork, created with painted handprints and footprints, will appeal to young children. Following on from the publication of See, Touch, Feel, which has sold over 100,000 copies to date. Also available: See, Touch, Feel: Roar (publishing Fall 2020), See, Touch, Feel: Create, and See, Touch, Feel: ABC.

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My First 100 Space Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
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My Day
Written & illustrated by Rilla Alexander
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The Touchwords board book series brings essential concepts to life for babies and toddlers

Sturdy and interactive, these board books combine touch, sight, and sound to help children experience and learn about the world. By allowing the child to trace the raised letters of a simple word and then trace its corresponding object, these books foster critical early reading and language skills, all while delighting readers with bright and eye-catching illustrations.

With Touchwords: My Day, build vocabulary and explore the exciting possibilities of a day – from washing to playing to sleeping and everything in between.

Perfect for gifting at baby showers: This exquisitely designed board book is a beautiful addition to any baby’s shelf and provides an educational element as well.

If you and your child are fans of Baby Touch and Feel, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Press Here, you’ll love the Touchwords series.

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First Words: 5 Flaps to Flip!
Written by Nick Ackland and Clever Publishing & illustrated by Martina Hogan
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

This perfectly-sized book is just the right size for little hands. The bright, bold pages feature a glossy treatment that allow images to really jump off the page, delighting readers as they learn first words. And the interactive flaps are sturdy, encouraging the development of fine motor skills.

More first books in the colorful Peek-a-boo series include Animals and Vehicles.

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Good Night, Baby Animals
Written & illustrated by Gakken
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Good night, sweet little one! Babies will curl up with this padded, chunky board book featuring real-life photographs of cuddly baby animals drifting off to sleep.

Babies will love discovering photographs of hugging kittens, snuggling puppies, napping ducklings, and other baby animals that are fast asleep… especially at bedtime. The adorable pages asking how each animal says good night are interactive and relaxing, sure to inspire quiet time for your toddler.

The chunky board book with padded cover is just the right size for tiny toddler hands to grasp and hold.

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First 100 Words in English and Spanish
Written & illustrated by Ana Godinez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Continue your little one’s bilingual journey with First 100 Words in English and Spanish. This book introduces your child to 100 essential first words and pictures in both English and Spanish. Your child will know that avocado in Spanish is aguacate, butterfly is mariposa, and that a soccer ball is pelota de futbol. Made out of tough board, First 100 Words in English and Spanish is perfect for even the toughest little hands!

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  • Animals - With panoramic illustrations on each spread and appealing recurring characters, our classic Look & Find format is now available to the youngest readers. These imaginative books welcome curious toddlers to experience adventures in familiar places - the park, the zoo, and the city. Short texts with stimulating questions are expertly designed for young readers, making this series a great introduction to animals, objects, situations, and everyday events. The colorful illustrations are large enough for a curious toddler to find. Kids will find 4 hidden objects on each spread and learn many new words. The format is the perfect size for toddlers!

  • Animal ABC - Learn the alphabet with some amazing animals and find out some fun facts along the way in this bright and fun picture book. A is for APE B is for BEAR C is for CROCODILE… This entertaining and characterful picture book from Emmy award-winning visual artist, illustrator and author Nikolas Ilic will bring a smile to the faces of adults and children alike, with cartoon-style illustrations introducing readers to a host of vibrant animals. These eye-catching illustrations will help kids have fun as they learn the alphabet, and added facts about the animals help add extra educational value to this wonderfully fun book. A great book for parents to read with children or for kids to entertain themselves with, this bright and bold title is the perfect way for early learners to master the letters!

  • The Book of Summer - Here comes the sun . . . and summer! Put on your sunglasses and enjoy the heat at the beach, where you can dig up the sand with your shovel and pail and see starfish in the sea. And don’t forget the seasonal treats like watermelon and ice cream–yum!

  • Beehive - Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process. With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.

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