8 Books To Grow Your Baby’s Love of Reading

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I have loved reading for as long as I can remember — which is as far back as 4-years old. I love how books can transplant you from your life temporarily, and into a new world, someone else's shoes, or will teach you something you didn't yet know.

When I had kids, I wanted to help foster their love for reading because it was a big memory of my childhood. Since it was important to me, I knew that I had to do what my mom did – always have books around. We had a huge bookcase from floor to ceiling in our childhood home and I always had access to books. When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew it was the right time to start building their library too.

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If you're thinking of starting your baby's library early, here are my suggestions for eight books you should definitely start with!

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Learning Books

Learning books for babies are best if they have great visuals to go with the words, so illustrations go a long way. Since babies can only take in a little bit of information at a time, starting with the cute basics like animal sounds and talking about themselves are great first books for babies.

1. On The Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier

Amazon, $7.15

2. A You're Adorable by Martha Alexander

Amazon, $6.29

3. Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Amazon, $3.76

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Classic Books

Classic books are classic for a reason — they're never out of style and the stories are ones we want to pass on to our kids. I can't imagine a library for a baby without all of these classic books because they pair great visuals, amazing stories, and well-loved characters.

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4. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Amazon, $8.44

5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Amazon, $6.29

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Amazon, $6.59

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Nursery Rhyme Books

Nursery rhymes are great for babies because they're usually repetitive which means they'll catch on to the words and reading sooner. While you can't expect your baby to actually learn to read just yet, the patterns and stories are often soothing to their ears.

7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Amazon, $8.09

8. My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie

Amazon, $17.36

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What do you consider a must-have book for a baby's library? Share in the comments!

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8 Books To Grow Your Baby’s Love of Reading

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. ibrahim says:

    Animated story books

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