Books for babies

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful way to spend time together. Being read to is the beginning of the literacy and language skills that are needed for later reading.

Reading to your children will help them understand that books are important, that you value books and what books are all about.

When should you start reading to your baby?

As early as possible.
From birth babies will enjoy being held and listening to your voice so this is a good time to read rhyming books like nursery rhymes or the suggestions below.

By about 2 months babies may like to look at brightly coloured or contrasting pictures like the Tana Hoban books.

By 4 or 5 months they will be reaching and grasping and enjoying books with different textures like touch and feel books.

What books should I get for baby?
  • Board books are great for babies up to 2 years of age or even older. These books are strong enough not to tear when little fingers reach for them.
  • Books made of material or plastic are also good.
  • Any book you enjoy reading is wonderful as it is about baby hearing your voice.
  • Books with simple, large pictures on a white background.
  • Books with babies in them or animals in them.
  • Books with photos of real things.
  • Books with a few words on each page.
  • Rhyming stories.
  • Touch and feel books.

Some suggested books that are suitable for baby:

I Went Walking by Julie Vivas
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Nana's Colours by Pamela Allen
When I Was a Baby by Deborah Niland
I can by Helen Oxenbury
I touch by Helen Oxenbury
Tickle tickle by Helen Oxenbury
Black on white by Tana Hoban
Red blue, yellow shoe by Tania Hoban
White on black by Tana Hoban
Who are they? by Tana Hoban
Night-Night Baby, a Touch and Feel book
That's Not My Teddy by Fiona Watt
Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

Reading tips
  • Reading the same book over and over is usually enjoyed by babies and helps develop their language.
  • Hold your baby when you are reading.
  • You don't need to read the whole book at once.


schoolapple said...

Thank you for the list. :-)

Lesley @ early play said...

You are welcome. do you have any you would like to add?

BC said...

Definitely recommending this site to my daughter who is just having a baby.

Georgie said...

Some of our favourite baby books here.


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