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.)
At first, your child will just get a kick out of seeing their own face in the mirror. As they get older, the book gives prompts like, “Little lion looks so happy! Can you look happy, too?” which gets them to explore their emotions.
This book offers sweet, rhyming instructions, like, “Count to LOVE on your fingers and toes. 1-2-3-4 touch your nose.” Your baby will love watching you play along!
Sure, babies may not remember this book’s rhyming facts about our solar system, but, staring at the smiling faces of all the celestial bodies, they’ll still have a good time.
For kids who love to get their hands into things, this book features a sliding mechanism on every page that reveals a surprise. Plus, the reveals are usually adorable, courtesy of illustrator Ingela P. Arrhenius.
This book combines simple, rhyming text with Caldecott Honor-winning pictures. It’s a snapshot of a day told with so much depth you won’t tire of it.