By the time my baby girl was born I already had a collection of books for her in our little baby library. I was just so excited to start reading to her. I had read a lot of articles in books and online about the benefits of reading to your newborn. Aside from it being a great bonding activity with them, it teaches them to recognise visuals and words, it teaches them emotion, and rhymes help them to respond to your voice. Studies also show that children who were read to as newborns have a wider vocabulary. I guess this holds true for my daughter who just loves to talk.
While there are many books out there that I would love to recommend, here are books that my baby girl responded most to as a newborn:
1. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
“Well, I have a thing to tell you but it won’t take long. The way I feel about you is a kind of a song.” This book is all about telling your Snuggle Puppy everything about him that is especially fine. While this book can be read straight up, it can actually be sung too. The song is available for listening on Youtube and on Spotify. And because I would also like for my baby girl to grow up in a musical environment, I learned to play the chords on the ukulele and would sing it to her as well. In fact, she still enjoys listening to it to this day.
2. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
An introduction to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss characters, it’s all about simple rhymes and bright colors designed to introduce basic phonics concepts to children. Because part of it features little pups wanting to hop on pop, and my husband would it read it so animatedly (enough to get a coo from our baby girl), it became “Pop and Cecilia’s” special bonding book.
3. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
This was actually one of the first few books I read to our baby girl which she would react to. The rhymes of this book are very upbeat, reading it is like singing a song with the rodeo. It begins by calling on all the high spirited animals and encouraging you to sing-along and do the barnyard dance. It’s a very enjoyable book that even our newborn couldn’t help but stop, look, listen, and move her feet to the beat of rhyme. Still one of our favourites!
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle
This book introduces your little one into the wonderful world of animals by asking them the question, “What do you see?” To which each one responds by saying what animal is looking at them. This is a story with a repetitive action and is filled with fun rhymes and the beautiful art of Eric Carle. Definitely a classic!
5. Sweet Child of Mine by Carolyn Church
While we would read this book at any time of the day, we read it mostly before settling our baby girl down to sleep at night. It is a story of unconditional love, that no matter what happens and how much things change, a parent’s love lasts forever. It is a story that is full of emotion, one that I couldn’t help but share with my baby girl.
Keep reading to your baby and enjoy reading with them. There is no limit to the number of books you can read to them. Also, take note of what books catch their attention and keep it reading it to them to encourage them to love books at that young age.
Stay tuned for my next series of book recommendations (for babies five to eleven months old).