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Beguiled Baby: Recommended books for reading out loud to Baby

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Your pediatrician, neighbors, and mother will tell you (as if you didn't know) that reading aloud to children is super SUPER important. With a newborn, having the time and ability to stay awake for reading to Baby may be difficult, but by age 4 months or so, babies start really enjoying being read to, and it would be a shame to miss out. Just a few of the benefits include:

  • Warm and cozy cuddle time with you
  • Hearing language sounds produced over and over again as you read and re-read the same books, and beginning to recognize them 
  • Feeling the rhythm and lilt of rhyme and poetry, which also contributes to language skills
  • Hearing the modulation in your voice to communicate different emotions from the book, which helps with social and emotional development
  • As your baby becomes more aware, he will enjoy the predictability of knowing what you will say with a particular book, and may participate in making special sounds or pointing at pictures with you; this also encourages social as well as cognitive development
  • Does your older baby ever imitate you? Habitual reading teaches your baby that this is an activity that is important to do, especially vs any kind of screen time, which may have negative cognitive effects in the very young

So which books to read to a baby? Try to choose books that have a few of these characteristics:

  • Short
  • Rhythmic or rhyming
  • Repetitive
  • With pictures or photos that are brightly colored or of high contrast
  • Board books for baby to help turn pages and chew (from about 6 or 7 months on)
  • Sensory or touch-and-feel books that make noises and/or have texture
Below are a few of our tried-and-true favorites. We don't sell books at Beguiled Child - yet - because we can't operate on enough scale to compete with Amazon. But books are such an integral part of raising a thoughtful, curious child, we feature them anyway! Feel free to add your own suggestions.
      • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?  - Eric Carle
      • They Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
      • Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
      • Any illustrated compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes or other gentle poetry
      • Any Dr. Suess
      • Planes - Byron Barton
      • Barnyard Dance  - Sandra Boynton
      • DK's Bedtime Peekaboo (or many similar)
      • First word books (for older babies)

Here are a couple great resources on reading to babies:

The Read Aloud Handbook  - Jim Trelease

Kids' Health: Reading Books to Babies 

And of course, we recommend reading with a handmade snuggly toy like this huggable armful of stuffed donkey or our rainbow striped bunny rattle, both from Kahiniwalla. 

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