The Most Popular Board Books to Buy for Babies in 2022

Baby reading board book with mum

Do you have all of the classics on this list?


It’s never too early to introduce your pēpi to the wonder of books, even as a newborn! The benefits of reading to your baby are undisputed; not only does hearing words help familiarise them with sounds for their own language development but it also equips your little one with essential social and emotional skills. The 2019 Growing Up in New Zealand study found that reading to your baby from infancy is a key indicator of them having better oral language skills at age two – and this is an important contributor to a child having academic success as they grow older.

Reading books to your baby each day is a wonderful way to connect and sets them up for a lifetime love of stories. It teaches them about the incredible world around them, enhances their listening skills, and introduces them to new concepts, vocabulary, and information. That’s why we’ve complied this list of the most popular, classic board books for Kiwi babies.

You certainly don’t have to go out and buy all of these books for your pēpi – borrowing from your local library is a wonderful (and free!) way to give your baby access to a wide range of beautiful, imaginative stories at home.

Guess How Much I Love You book
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes book
Hairy Maclary Book
Dear Zoo book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book
Where's Spot book
We're Going on a Bear Hunt book
The Noisy book
Each Peach Pear Plum book
Where Is The Green Sheep? book
Room on the Broom book
Peepo book
A Summery Saturday Morning book
The Gruffalo book
Sleepy Kiwi book