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Reading books to babies (even newborns) is a way of connecting to the baby. Reading books and telling stories help develop vocabulary and communication.
Many of you have been asking me about book suggestions for different age groups. Here are my top 10 picks for babies. We have read few other great books too. May be I will make a part -2 but for now, here are my top 10 books to read to babies.
1. Pat the Bunny
Babies love touch and feel books and this is a lovely book by Dorothy Kunhardt. Do get the hard cover version instead of the plastic comb. Am not sure why they even have a plastic comb version for babies. I have the plastic comb version. It came encased in a nice box. It is still intact for me only because, I did not give it to my son’s when they were babies. I had it in my hand and read it out to them. You can buy the book here
2. Ten little fingers and ten little toes (By Mem Fox)
Children love repetition and rhythm. That is one of the reason why this book was a big hit with my kids. The babies in the book are so cute. If you are starting your child’s library, this is a must have. You can buy the book here.
This is a lift the flap book in which one body part of the baby is hidden in each page. The illustrations are bright and this is a great book to start talking to your baby about different body parts.You can buy the book here.
4. Good night moon (Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd)
Every single person who has read this book will only have good things to say about the book. It makes a great bed time story. I would have read this book every night for atleast a year. If we read 5 books every night, good night moon will be one of them. There is also a teeny tiny mouse on each page and the kids love to find out where the mouse is hidden. You can buy the book here
5. Where’s spot? (Eric Hill)
This is another cute lift the flap book where the kid lifts the flap on each page to find Spot and finds him in the last page. A great book to introduce kids to familiar objects like door, closet etc and also to teach them spacial concepts like behind, beneath, in etc. Like any other lift the flap book, hand with care. You can buy the book here
6. Brown bear brown bear what do you see? (by Bill Matin Jr., Eric Carl)
Eric Carl uses a fantastic way of using tissue paper collages for illustrating the animals. The book has repetitive and rhythmic text which makes it very interesting for the kids. A great book to introduce kids to different animals and colors. You can buy the book here
7. Counting Kisses (Karen Katz)
Great for reading and cuddling with baby. It is counting book where the parent kisses different body parts of baby. Kiss your child as your read the book, cuddle and have fun. You can
8. Wheels on the bus (Raffi Cavoukian)
You don’t read this book – you sing it! It is a great movement song and perfect for circle times in class rooms. The song has a nice catchy tune and the kids will ask you to sing the song again and again. You can buy the book here
9.Mellissa and doug cloth book
Mellissa and doug has a good collection of cloth books. I am not going to name anything in particular. You can pick anything you like. Cloth books are great for babies – No issues if they bite it or pour water. the books are bright, soft and perfect for babies to hold. You can buy the book here.
10. Guess how much I love you (Sam McBratney)
This is again a great bed time story and you can actually make actions and act it out. My son is 6 and we still read the book but we have come to a mutual understand that all of us love each other equally. Though, my son sometimes says just a little more that how much you love me and I let that be 🙂 You can buy the book here
Your turn now:
What are your picks for must have baby books? Share them with us in the comments.