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Must Have Books for Your Baby’s First Library

Must Have Books for Your Baby’s First Library

As a new parent one of the many advice that we get from people around is to read aloud to our young ones everyday. In-fact starting as soon as babies are born. Many research have proven that reading to babies early on improves their communication and helps introduce concepts like numbers, letters, colours and shapes. It also help build listening, memory and vocabulary skills.

As your child gets older, the benefits of reading continue to grow. Reading with toddlers introduces literacy concepts, such as grammar and phonics, and boosts brain development. Most of all, reading is a special bonding time for parents and children.

Especially for young babies, almost any book will do! But these beloved titles are good additions to baby’s first library. At least some of them should be sturdy board books so that your baby can handle them.

Guess How Much I Love You

By Sam McBratney

A parent’s love for their child cannot be measured. We know this, but do our little ones? How do we even go about explaining it? This charming book addresses that very question and gives parents a place to start when it comes to trying to convey their love in words.


By Don Freeman

This adorable, timeless classic is the story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship and a new home. He finds both and shares a beautiful lesson for young children.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

This story is well-loved by many for its stunning color and the interactive tale of a small caterpillar who eats too many sweets. Little fingers will enjoy poking the holes the caterpillar leaves behind as he munches his way through the story.

Baby Be Kind

By Jane Cowen-Fletcher

From taking turns to saying you’re sorry, from trying not to be angry to giving a big hug, these simple gestures show that being kind feels good. Even a baby will want to try it. The pictures are adorable, and the book is a wonderful lesson in being a kind friend for kids and adults.

Where is Little Fish

By Lucy Cousins

Little Fish is hiding, and babies get to check under flaps to find him and his fishy friends. The brightly colored coral, shells and seaweed they conceal themselves in makes for a happy hide-and-seek book. 

The Going To Bed Book

By Sandra Boynton

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

Pat The Bunny

By Dorothy Kunhardt

Kids have been enjoying the interactive nature of this book — patting the bunny, feeling Daddy’s scratchy face — since way back in 1940. And no, the novelty has not worn off yet.

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