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As a new parent, it may seem silly reading a bedtime story to your newborn who can’t so much as hold up their head, let alone follow the plot of a book, but the developmental benefits of storytime for kids start at birth. Reading together when babies are as young as 4 months old increases the chances that parents continue to read aloud to babies as they get older. Beginning early is important because the roots of language are developing in a baby’s brain even before he can talk! The more words a baby hears over time, the more words he learns.
And that’s only the beginning because throughout baby’s first year and as your child grows, reading to them becomes even more important, from when they say their first words until you reach a point where they are reading to you and developing a love for books in a whole new, exciting way.
October is National Book Month, which offers an excellent excuse to grab a few stories for baby shower gifts, stock your child’s nursery up on some of the best baby books, refresh your toddler’s bookshelf, or gift your big kid with a new adventure. There are many classics to choose from, like the must-have Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon; the all-time favorite Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar; the rhyming fun of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle; and no little one’s library is complete without the quintessential baby board book, Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton.
In addition to the mainstays, we found many new essential baby reads to help you establish a bedtime ritual and bond with your new baby, help your little one develop language skills, and embark on an adventure together. After all, you can never have too many children’s books.