Baby's First Words | Barefoot Books


Baby's First Words | An innovative first words book - starring a toddler and her 2 dads! | Barefoot Books

Baby's First Words 

Illustrated by Christiane Engel

Say "hello" to your new favorite first words book! Baby's First Words was designed by a child development expert to support the way babies naturally learn language  and to start conversations! Featuring a family with two dads, this pioneering board book bursts with over 100 words to learn together. Plus, you'll love searching for the silly woolly mammoth on every colorful page! As unique as each and every family, Baby's First Words is a pure delight that you'll want to read together again and again. Also available in Spanish!

Ages 0 – 3
7 1/2 x 7¾ IN

$14.99 USD




Baby's First Words | Barefoot Books

A baby book for today's families

Colorful acrylic and digital collage illustrations depict a multiracial family with two dads, objects like cell phones and laptops, and an urban setting.

An engaging, innovative format

Tabs along the side of this sturdy board book feature picture icons to help the littlest book lovers identify favorite scenes and easily turn the pages. Toddlers will love searching for the silly woolly mammoth on every page!

Developed with expert input

The vocabulary was carefully selected with help from a child development specialist to reflect the earliest nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and interjections children learn.

ALARainbowALA Rainbow Book List 2018 Top Ten


Included in Family Equality Council's Book Nook

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Included in CCBC's 2018 Best-of-the-Year List

"A solid, attractive vocabulary builder" — Kirkus Reviews
  "Sure, it’s inclusive. But it’s actually a really good first words book to boot" — Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8, School Library Journal 
   "A toddler’s day provides the story arc of a board book that offers engagement, affirmation, and delight, showing a mixed-race, gay-parented family. . . The pleasing illustrations are punctuated by humor (e.g., the woolly mammoth is often shown doing something funny for a woolly mammoth—coloring with a crayon, brushing its teeth) and full of warmth" The Cooperative Children’s Book Center
   "The entire book is merry and bright, just right for all families to enjoy" — Tasha Saecker, librarian, Waking Brain Cells
   "[The Spanish edition of Baby's First Words, entitled Mis primeras palabras] is great for any family looking to introduce familiar words in Spanish to a child, and has special value as it presents a loving same sex couple as parents" — Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA, for Youth Services Book Review
   "Slow clap for this one, guys. The family in the book is multiracial AND the little girl in it has two dads. The book is about first words, perfect for babies. And how fantastic to find diverse and inclusive books for kids. Heart-eyed emoji, all day." — Vanessa Diaz, BookRiot
Baby's First Words | Barefoot Books

Christiane Engel is an award-winning artist. She has also illustrated the popular Barefoot Books singalong Knick Knack Paddy Whack. She lives in southeast England with her family.


Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed, is Senior Director of Product at Barefoot Books and a child development expert with over 20 years of experience. She earned her dual master’s in Early Childhood General & Special Education / Infant & Parent Development & Early Intervention from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and her B.A. from Harvard University.

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