We all know that reading to babies is important, but just how exactly know the best books for baby? How do you go about choosing the right books for your little one?
It seems ridiculous to think that there could be a difference between two baby books, and one might be better than the other, and yet there are several factors which should be considered.
For the purposes of this piece, we will be considering babies as being any child up to 1 year old. This post contains affiliate links.
Best Books for Baby – A Guide for Parents
I read to my sons a lot when they were babies. Oh my goodness I tried so many different books on them. And I quickly learned that not all baby books are created equal. Here’s how you can find the best books for baby And I will share the three books we literally wore out: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Goodnight Moon and Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book.
Consider what the book looks like
This is one of those times where you absolutely should judge a book by its cover. Choose books with contrasting colors and simple, large pictures. These are far more likely to grab your baby’s attention than a generic colored book.
Similarly, consider the type of material the book is made from. For very young children, consider cloth or material style books that allow the baby to touch the page and identify a distinct touch sensation, also known as interactive books. If not cloth or material, go for a hard cardboard book with stiff pages so that the book can be propped up.
Here are some of our personal favorites:
Choose books with a rhyming style to their story
This allows you to read with a more natural flow, and your baby will pick up on this cadence more quickly than normal speak. Rhyming text forces us to read in a consistent pattern, and this can be particularly peaceful and soothing for babies.
Some of the books that we literally wore out include:
Look for books with images that are similar to real life
When considering the types of images in your book, look for books with images that are similar to things that the baby sees in real life. This could be a picture of a ball if your baby has a ball, or a picture of a teddy bear if your baby is fond of a particular teddy bear. It could even be a picture of a bottle. Choosing images that match what the baby is seeing in real life encourages familiarity.
Here are some perfect books with everyday items to read to your little one:
Consider books with pop up items
Again, these items should be things that the baby has seen before, like of a dog if the family has a pet dog. The important thing to remember throughout is that any reading to your baby will be beneficial. However, if the opportunity presents itself for you to choose a book that has more obviously color contrasts, has more recognizable images or features a rhyme, then it could be worthwhile choosing that option.
Here are some examples of books with pop ups that we just adored: