11 Great Books to Read to Babies


There’s a lot of research out there saying how important it is to read to babies. They may not understand what you are reading, or the complexities of the storylines, but it is important to expose them to language. My mom always says my son was an early talker because I talked to him so much. My second child, my daughter, I talk to less often – because sometimes silence is golden 🙂 – and she is much less vocal than my son was.

Of course, you can read whatever you want to your baby! I love board books at this age – they are much sturdier, especially when they hit the ‘put-everything-possible-in-my-mouth’ phase. Choosing books with colorful illustrations can help keep your baby’s attention just a bit longer. I also like books with rhyming verses – the repetition of sounds teaches them sound recognition.

Here are a few of my favorites:

on the night you were born

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman


Corduroy by Don Freeman


The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown


Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


From Head to Toe by Eric Carle


Peek-a-who? by Nina Laden

moo baa lalala

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

giraffes can't dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

first colors

My First Colors by DK Publishing

first 100

First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

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Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (www.littleoldhome.com).


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