Top 10 Books for Babies and Toddlers

Top 10 Books for Babies and Toddlers

Did you know that literacy begins at birth?  I know it seems crazy but when reading to your infant, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

But I feel the most important benefit to reading out loud to your infant is that it makes a connection between you and your baby.  Your baby benefits because he or she loves hearing your voice and loves being close to you.  I believe this is a win win for both mother and child.

Did or do you read to your baby?  If so, what are their favorite books?  My husband and I read to both our boys starting at birth.  It was our favorite time of day with them both.   It was part of their bedtime routine every night.   Bath, pajamas and book.  In fact, we still love to read with them.   Our youngest is now reading to us at night and our oldest loves to spend time in our room reading with us after our youngest goes to bed.   Don’t know what books to buy to start building your babies library?  Here is a list of the Top 10 Books for babies 0-3 years old according to Scholastic.com.   If you know of another great book to add to the library, please leave in the comment area.

1. Goodnight Moon – Written by Margaret Wise Brown

2. Where the Wild Things Are – Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

4. Pat the Bunny – Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt

5. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale – Written and illustrated by Mo Willems

6. Corduroy – Written and illustrated by Don Freeman

7. The Runaway Bunny – Written by Margaret Wise Brown

8. Freight Train – Written and illustrated by Donald Crews

9. Moo, Baa, La La La! – Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton

10. Good Night, Gorilla – Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

Happy Reading!

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