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The best books for baby… and beyond!
There are so many benefits of reading to your baby. It’s a great way for you both to bond and for your little one to learn early language skills as well as develop a love for reading early on. Plus, reading exposes baby to the sound of your voice, which will soothe him or her, making it an important part of your bedtime routine. And while baby might not know what you’re saying, he or she will pick up on your tone and rhythm. Studies have also shown that babies who are read to actually read earlier as kids.
If you need more reason to read to your baby, just think about your own childhood. We’re sure there are more than a few books you loved to read then that still spark great memories now. In fact, those baby books are probably on this list! Some of these classic books have been loved by generation after generation, so they’re sure to be a hit with your own children.
If your at-home library is feeling a little lacking, there are tons of online resources you can try. ReadingIQ is a virtual library for kids that includes a number of books for pre-readers in its selection of over 7,000 titles. Epic! is another digital library for kids that provides access to books like Goodnight Moon, Curious George ABCs, and a number of Eric Carle books. You can subscribe to each of these sites on a monthly basis for a very reasonable price.
We can’t stress just how important reading to your baby is, and to help you get started on your reading bedtime routine and spark your baby’s love for reading, we’ve rounded up 30 of the best baby books designed to capture little imaginations. A mix of classic titles and newer titles that have become tried and true favorites, these are our top picks for your baby’s first books.
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