Want to inspire your little sidekick to enjoy a lifetime of reading? Start building her library now. Flip through our photo album to discover our 25 favorite beginner books, from gotta-have-’em classics like Goodnight Moon to newer, need-to-know titles like Hello, Bugs.

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

So many stories focus on animals, but this one homes in on the magic and glory of bugs. With minimal text and mostly black-and-white pages with shiny accents your baby will want to reach out and touch. The simplicity of Smriti Prasadam and illustrator Emily Bolam's book is what makes it so great.

Available at amazon.com, $5.35.

What books are in your baby’s library? Let us know in the comments section below.

— Julie Seguss

Cover photo: César Rincón via Flickr creative commons