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The 10 Best Books to Read to Your Baby

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It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. Even while your little one grows from the size of a mustard seed to a watermelon in utero, you can read to him.

Finding the best books to read to your baby just means finding ones that you’ll enjoy reading over and over (and over!) again while making sure the books don’t contradict your parenting philosophies.

Reading to your baby has plenty of benefits. Those sweet moments of you two sitting together going through a book builds a bond between the two of you that is healthy and beautiful. Even if your little one has no idea what you’re saying or reading, he or she will feel entirely safe and loved.

Remember, a baby’s attention span is pretty short. So as you read with them, it will develop and elongate along with their memory. As you read you, Baby will learn and hear different sounds, rhythms, rhymes, and uncommon words. Reading to your little one promotes strong listening skills, imagination skills, and will instill a love of books and reading at an early age.
Also, rhyming books are great for brain development! They say the one activity that will ensure your child’s success is reading.

So, what are the best books to begin reading to your baby in his first two years? Here is a list of 10 our recommendations as well as links to purchase them (click on the images to buy):

The 10 Best Books to Read to Your Baby

1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

We absolutely love this book. We recommend it to be purchased as a board book because babies like to put everything in their mouths! A board book is much safer for younger babies than traditional paper. Also, we love the sweet rhythm and rhyme Bill Martin writes into this book. Rhyming significantly enhances brain development.

We have included a link to a Spanish copy as well.

Brown Bear What Do You See BookBrown Bear What Do You See Book in Spanish

2. On The Night You Were Born

This book is absolutely precious! It is filled with a sweet message about “the night you [your baby] were born,” painting how their birth and entry into this world is unique and noticed. It introduces a sense of deep love as you read through each page to your baby.

On The Night You Were Born Book On The Night You Were Born Book in Spanish

3. The Great Big Book of Families

We have seen this book be recommended by so many people and websites! Its message is so important. Reading this book to your kiddos at a young age helps teach them that families are all different, but that doesn’t make them any less a family. Even if you disagree with how some families are made, you can explain that to your child as he or she grows, but it is important that they understand those people are still people and a family is still a family.

The Great Big Book of Families

4. Just Really Joseph 

“Our family’s skin doesn’t match. But that doesn’t mean we’re not real. We’re just really different.”

This book is excellent because many families have different colored skin from one another; too often our children are raised assuming that families have to “match.” Not because they are told that with words necessarily, but because it is all they see, and they aren’t told otherwise. Reading books like Just Really Joseph starting at a young age instills that families don’t have to match and adoption makes real families.

Just Really Joseph Book

5. There’s A Wocket in My Pocket

This book story’s pages is full of crazy creatures and creative rhymes. The made-up words that Dr. Seuss throws into his books help children develop their imaginations. Rhyming is incredibly important when your baby is little. As he or she begins to learn how to read and this sweet book is a definite recommendation.

There's A Wocket in My Pocket Book

6. It’s Okay To Be Different

“It’s okay to need some help.
It’s okay to be a different color.
It’s okay to talk about your feelings.”

A small quote from the book to reveal how important its message is. Todd Parr does an incredible job of incorporating pictures and messages about being unique and confident in your own skin. He also helps the reader to understand that others may be different, too. This book has bright and bold colors, silly pictures, and is targeted for children.

It's Okay To Be Different Book

7. The Feelings Book

Sometimes I feel silly.
Sometimes I feel like eating pizza for breakfast.
Sometimes I feel brave.
Sometimes I feel like trying something new…”

Another quote to give you an idea of what you will find in this fantastic book by Todd Parr! “The Feelings Book vibrantly illustrates the wide range of moods we all experience. Kids and adults will appreciate Todd Parr’s quirky intelligence as he pays special attention to the ever-changing, sometimes nonsensical emotions that we all feel.” 

The Feelings Book

8. Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

This sweet book is a best seller for a reason! It perfectly speaks to your heart as you read to your little one a sweet message about your love finding him or her where they go. It celebrates the uniqueness of each and every child with lyrical language.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You Book

9. The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites

This book is super fun and babies as young as 10 months are known for showing excitement when Mom or Dad pulls it out. It’s also a great book as your little starts to read or sight words as there are only 47 words total. As usual, Dr. Seuss is creative and fun in this book!

The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites

10. I Like Myself! (Board Book)

“High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here’s a little girl who knows what really matters.”

I Like Myself! (Board Book)

We hope you enjoyed our list of best books to read to your baby. Start reading your baby these books as early as possible and begin building a bond to last a lifetime – a bond with you and Baby, but also with books!.

 

Sources:

http://www.readtoyourbaby.com

https://www.amazon.com

Feature image source: www.nataliebrennerwrites.com

Natalie

Writer and Photographer at Natalie Brenner Writes
Natalie is a freelance writer and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. She guzzles iced coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both under 1. When not bouncing babies or reading books in the rocking chair, her husband works with at-risk children. Their boys joined their family via birth and adoption and they hope to continue expanding their family via adoption and possibly foster care. Connect further with her through her blog, Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, or her community Facebook Page.
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