Everyone knows that reading is important, but will reading benefit a baby who probably won’t understand a word you say?
As Kids Health puts it, reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful activity you can continue for years to come. Reading can also teach your baby about communication and develop listening and memory skills. As a result, your baby will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language by their first birthday.
So we recommend that you set aside time to read to you baby every day, ideally before bedtime. Also, use fun voices to entertainment your little one and stop once in a while to ask questions or make comments on the pictures or text. Lastly, cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe, warm, and connected to you.
Here are some of our top picks for your baby’s first library:
1. “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
This is a timeless tale of the bond between mother and child. A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious board book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge.
Get “Are You My Mother” at Amazon.com.
2. “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
Since publication in 1986, “Love You Forever” has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition. The sweet yet touching story follows the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother.
“I’ll love you forever/ I’ll like you for always/ As long as I’m living/ My baby you’ll be,” sings the mother to her newborn in the book.
Get “Love You Forever” at Amazon.com.
3. “Pat The Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt
For generations, “Pat the Bunny” has been creating special first-time moments between parents and their children. Furthermore, this classic touch-and-feel book offers babies a playful and engaging experience, all the while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Get “Pat The Bunny” on Amazon.com.
4. “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA” by Jimmy Fallon
This one for all the daddies!
Written by popular television host Jimmy Fallon, “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA” features a series pictures in which daddy animals try desperately to get their babies to say “dada” as their first word.
Get “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA” at IndieBound.com.
5. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
This book is one of the most popular children books of all time. Featuring a big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” tells a wonderful story through colorful pictures.
Get “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” at Amazon.com.
6. “Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book” by Karen Katz & Marion Dane Bauer
Help your child discover toes, ears, nose, and more in this lift-the-flap book by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Karen Katz. Aside from that, this book allows your little love to peek under the flaps of clothing to find out what’s underneath.
Get “Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book” at Amazon.com.
7. “Feminist Baby” by Loryn Brantz
While “Feminist Baby” might not be your typical baby book, it’s surely a refreshing board book to have in your child’s first library. It features a baby girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way. Besides that, it contains strong and positive messages about feminism that are accessible to toddlers.
Get “Feminist Baby” at Amazon.com.
8. “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
“Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” is about babies, who, although they are from around the world, all share the common trait of having the same number of digits. As The New York Times puts it, “Two beloved picture-book creators — the storyteller Mem Fox and the artist Helen Oxenbury — merge their talents in a winsome look at babies around the world.”
Get “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” at Amazon.com.
9. “More More More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories” by Vera Williams
Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird are the stars of their own special tales. This Vera Williams-written is a tribute to babies and the people who love them.
“Here are Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird. Their grownups love them. So will you.”
Get “More More More, Said the Baby: Three Love Stories” at Amazon.com.
10. “Peepo!” by Allan & Janet Ahlberg
Originally published in 1981, “Peepo!” is a modern classic that continues to delight generations of babies and toddlers and their parents. Furthermore, it was a winner of the Parents Magazine Best Book for Babies Award.
Get “Peepo!” at Amazon.com.
11. “Indestructibles: Baby Faces” by Amy Pixton
“Indestructibles: Baby Faces” features baby’s favorite thing: pictures of other babies! In addition, it also claims to be 100% chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it. Moreover, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher if they get dirty.
Get “Indestructibles: Baby Faces” at Amazon.com.
Source: Kids Health.