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.
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.
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1'Goodnight Moon' by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moonis 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.
Nobody does silly like Sandra Boynton and while your little one may not understand the fun of The Going To Bed Book, they'll love the illustrations and it can hopefully set them up for a lifetime of going to bed without hassle. (HA. Yeah right.)
There's no plot, but First 100 Wordsis 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.
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 The Wonderful Things You Will Be 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.
Touch and feel books are so great for babies, and Pat the Bunnyhas 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.
7'Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA' by Jimmy Fallon
Incredibly simple with minimal words and lots of illustrations, Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA is a must for babies. Also, you will totally laugh thinking of your own fight to get your child to say MAMA first.
Because you've uttered that sentence at least once in your motherhood journey already, so you might as well read Go the F**k to Sleep 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.
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 Willieis especially perfect for tiny babies because the illustrations are out of this world and the colors seriously pop.
Another series to make your children love? Madeline. 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.
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 On the Night You Were Born 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.
Babies aren't known for sitting through an entire novel, but they do love interactive books like Where's Spot?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.
For the perfect introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter, pick up The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beautiful illustrations and available in a board book version means your baby can enjoy it far into their toddler years.