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Building Your Baby’s Library

May 21, 2012

You’ve been reading up on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, but have you stocked up your baby’s reading library yet? Reading to your baby regularly is a great way to bond with her, establish a nighttime ritual, and get her excited about books. Check out the following baby-friendly favorites!

1. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt. This classic is a tactile experience that will engage your baby’s evolving sense of touch.

2. Peek-a Who?, by Nina Laden. Babies love to play peek-a-boo, and this book is sure to keep their attention with a multitude of surprises.

3. Goodnight, Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, is a staple in many families’ libraries, providing a soothing routine before bedtime.

4. White on Black, by Tana Hoban. This picture book showcases a variety of shapes in black and white. The contrasting colors are a great match for your baby’s developing vision.

5. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, by Dr. Seuss. A perfect introduction to Dr. Seuss, this book is simple enough to entertain babies, and gives both of you ample opportunity to make silly noises.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. This pop-up book is a colorful, artful classic. Bright hues and three-dimensional surprises are sure to entertain.

7. Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell. Again, babies love a game of peek-a-boo. This book has loads of flaps you can lift up to surprise your baby with new images of a variety of animals.

8. Is Your Mama a Llama, by Deborah Guarino. This is a beautifully illustrated book, full of animal drawings, and has a nice bonus: your baby can’t destroy it. The pages are inedible and unchewable and will stand up to even the drooliest chomps.

9. Corduroy, by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a stuffed bear who is in need of a home and a new button. The little girl who loves him provides both, in this charming book that is perfect for little ones learning to love their stuffed toys.

10. Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney. A sweet conversation between a father and son explores the many different ways that you can tell your child you love him.

Experienced moms, aunts, readers, and teachers: which books have we forgotten? Tell us about your favorite baby books in the comments!

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