Studies show it’s never too early to start reading the best children’s books to infants. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that reading baby books out loud to your kids starting from birth strengthens your parent-child bond and gets your baby started on important language and literacy skills. And in truth, it doesn’t matter what you read to your babies: Just hearing any words will get them the foundations for a later vocabulary, and it’s the lap-sitting, not the book choice, that makes for good bonding time. You could read your to-do list for the week, and it wouldn’t matter to a baby.
But it does matter to you, because reading a to-do list isn’t that much fun. And instead there’s a world of fantastic baby books with wonderful illustrations, innovative interactive features, ingenious wordplay and great read-aloud rhythms, all available at your fingertips. You might even get to learn a thing or two about quantum physics while you’re it. Add the best baby books to your child’s home library, and get ready for snuggly story time. (Bonus: They also make for great baby gifts.)
You really can’t go wrong with any board book by the great Sandra Boynton. (And there are so, so many of them.) But this book follows animals as they get ready for bed, so it might inspire your little one to get some shut-eye, too.
Start building that baby vocabulary! This board book’s sweet illustrations are labeled with both English and Spanish words, so your baby can get double the vocab out of the same number of pages.
Newborns only see black, white and gray at first, which makes these high-contrast, black-and-white pictures all the more engaging to young eyes.
Ultra-adorable illustrations make this book feel like a sweet treat. Each page is another delicious term of endearment, like sweet pea or pumpkin — all with happy, smiling faces.
This book combines two things kids love: outer space and hide-and-seek. You look for extra-terrestrial elements on the pages, finding them under the flaps of the book. (“Where’s the space dog? Here he is!”)