You already know that reading to your children is important for their development, but when you have a tiny newborn or a baby that's only a few months old, it feels like teaching them to sleep and memorizing their feeding schedule is more important. I totally understand, but there are some
books every parent should read their baby before they turn one.
I know, you're thinking that your baby has no idea what's going on and spends most of their time focusing on pooping, so why are there specific books to read to them? According to PBS, babies from birth to six months old are
soothed by the rhythmic reading of stories or lullabies. And babies from six months old to a year start to become more interested in the actual story, pictures, and being introduced to objects. Parents also notes that babies younger than six months appreciate high-contrast picture books with little to no text. At that age, it's more about bonding with you and listening to you read. But once babies hit six months, they begin to recognize illustrations as objects and reading helps reinforce their vocabulary. They also enjoy books with one major character or object to focus on.
And reading to your baby before they're 1 means you get the opportunity to share some of your favorites before they're interested in reading nothing but Elmo and Mickey Mouse stories. So pull out that rocking chair and make sure you're sharing these 17 books with your babe before they turn one.
1 'Goodnight Moon' by Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon is the ultimate children's classic, but it's perfect for even the tiniest of newborns. The words are sweet, the sentences are short, and babies will love looking at the gorgeous illustrations. I used to read this to my newborn every night and it's still one of her favorites. Click Here To Buy 2 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle 3 'The Going To Bed Book' by Sandra Boynton
Nobody does silly like Sandra Boynton and while your little one may not understand the fun of
, they'll love the illustrations and it can hopefully set them up for a lifetime of going to bed without hassle. (HA. Yeah right.) The Going To Bed Book Click Here To Buy 4 'First 100 Words' by Roger Priddy
There's no plot, but
First 100 Words is a great picture book for babies. Introduce them to typical objects around the house, words perfect for their future vocabulary, and lots of animals. My daughter still loves flipping this open to point at things and ask what they are, or tell us that everything is a dog. Click Here To Buy 5 'The Wonderful Things You Will Be' by Emily Winfield Martin
You're already dreaming of all the things your baby will be one day, so share
with them as soon as you can. The book is so lovely and will make you want to cry, but it's also the perfect thing to read to your brand-new baby. The Wonderful Things You Will Be Click Here To Buy 6 'Pat The Bunny' by Dorothy Kunhardt
Touch and feel books are so great for babies, and
Pat the Bunny has been a classic forever. Because babies love experiencing textures and touching all the things, you'll get to enjoy reading to them while they enjoy all of the new sensations in the book. Click Here To Buy 7 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA' by Jimmy Fallon 8 'Go The F**k To Sleep' by Adam Mansbach
Because you've uttered that sentence at least once in your motherhood journey already, so you might as well read
to your darling baby. Plus, it's the only time you can say the f-word without them repeating it, so take advantage of babyhood. Go the F**k to Sleep Click Here To Buy 9 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak 10 'Whistle For Willie' by Ezra Jack Keats
One of my favorite children's book authors is Ezra Jack Keates, so all of his books should make their way into your baby's collection. But
Whistle for Willie is especially perfect for tiny babies because the illustrations are out of this world and the colors seriously pop. Click Here To Buy 11 'Madeline' by Ludwig Bemelmans
Another series to make your children love?
. With seriously lovely illustrations and fun, rhyming text, all babies need to hear this sweet story. And as they grow and understand the plot and characters, they'll love it even more. Madeline Click Here To Buy 12 'On The Night You Were Born' by Nancy Tillman
Not that you'll ever forget the night of your baby's birth, but those emotions are still very fresh in the first year which is why
is so lovely. Try not to cry all over your baby's head as you read about the entire world celebrating for your little one's birth. On the Night You Were Born Click Here To Buy 13 'Where's Spot?' by Eric Hill
Babies aren't known for sitting through an entire novel, but they do love interactive books like
It's a great way to introduce their curious selves to a world meant for them, with flaps to lift while they search for sweet Spot. Where's Spot? Click Here To Buy 14 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney 15 'What A Wonderful World' by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss
Because your baby needs to be introduced to the incredible Louis Armstrong, your singing voice, and the gorgeous illustrations in
. That's why this book is a must, OK? What a Wonderful World Click Here To Buy 16 'The Tale Of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter
For the perfect introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter, pick up
. Beautiful illustrations and available in a board book version means your baby can enjoy it far into their toddler years. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Click Here To Buy 17 'My First Winnie-The-Pooh' By A. A. Milne