20 Books You Should Read to Your Baby By Their First Birthday

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Reading to your child is such a great bonding activity and a wonderful way to connect after a busy day. In our house, we start reading to our children as newborns. Newborn babies love to feel the warmth of your body and hear the cadence of your voice as you read to them. At 3 months old, an infant begins to notice colors and shapes and starts to focus briefly on pictures. Between 6 and 8 months, babies will begin to explore a book by touching, turning, and tasting pages.

Tips for Choosing Infant Books

* Choose books that are made of cloth, vinyl, or sturdy cardboard
* Share books with bright, colorful, and realistic pictures of people, everyday objects, and daily activities
* Don't forget about early nursery rhymes and finger plays, such as Patty Cake

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And, of course, don't miss these 20 Great Children's Books to Read Before Your Child's First Birthday

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The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

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Where is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

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I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

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We're Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

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Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro

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Sleepy Bunny by Golden Books, Dorothy Kunhardt

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Baby Faces! by DK Publishing

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Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.

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On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier

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Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben

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ABC by Dr. Seuss

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One, Two, Three by Sandra Boynton

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Time for Bed by Mem Fox

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You are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa

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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Peek-a-Who? By Nina Laden

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Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

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20 Books You Should Read to Your Baby By Their First Birthday

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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2 comments

  1. Profile photo of laura laura says:

    Wow!! I have most of these books in my children’s library… I’m proud of my self at least I know I’m doing something right..

  2. Profile photo of bmattler92 bmattler92 says:

    i only read him one of those books but i have lots of books like those on the list to him

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