Amazingly, babies have learned all the sounds needed to speak by the time their reach their first birthday. Reading books aloud helps to build a strong network of words within a baby's brain. Therefore, the more you read, the greater the exposure - leading to not only a larger vocabulary, but stronger reading skills. And an added bonus - the bonding time while reading one-on-one with baby.
Here are Milk Nursingwear's top 10 baby books:
1. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Jamberry's bright, beautiful illustrations and alliterative rhyming will delight even the youngest of readers. Baby can enjoy the adventures of a little boy and a friendly bear as they travel through Berryland. This book will be requested again and again.
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon is an all-time classic bedtime book. Baby will like the comforting repetitiveness of this story so much that it may become one of the first books they can follow along with. For many families, reading this story is a nightly routine to signal to the children it's almost time for sleep.
3. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Strickland
Dinosaur Roar uses dinosaurs to illustrate opposites. Read it aloud to baby and emphasize the different types of dinosaurs. Soon they will be roaring along and telling you what kind of dinosaur they see.
4. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Good Night, Gorilla follows the adventure of a sneaky gorilla who unlocks all the animals at the zoo. The animals proceed to follow the zoo keeper home and climb into bed with him, that is until his wife wakes up! Another great bedtime story to let your little one know it's almost time for bed.
5. On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
This beautiful and unforgettable story describes the wonders of nature and the miracle of life. It celebrates the joy of welcoming a new baby into our world and how special each of us are. On the Day You Were Born is an excellent gift for new parents, and a book your child will keep for a lifetime.
6. Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
Peek-a-boo! Where have all the aminals gone? Open the Barn Door will entertain baby to no end. This book helps teach animal sounds and names. It also encourages your child to use their imagination and thinking skills. Once they are old enough, they will enjoy lifting the flaps to find the animals on their own.
7. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
You can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss, but Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? is perfect for the littlest ones. This book is guaranteed to make your child laugh as you do your best to imitate all the silly sounds played out through the story. In Seuss tradition, funny rhymes and vibrant pictures abound -- encouraging your child to follow along.
8. The Water Hole by Graeme Base
The Water Hole is a counting, search-and-find, and geography book all rolled into one. Graeme Base uses clever, die-cut holes in his book to demonstrate how the water hole gets smaller and smaller and promotes counting as various animals visit the hole looking for a drink. His elaborate illustrations will encourage your child to pay attention to every detail.
9. Touch and Feel Baby Animals by DK Publishing
Touch and Feel Baby Animals is a great tactile book as it has a range of novelty textures. It allows your child to not only use their sense of vision and hearing, but also have fun touching, stroking, and scratching all the soft, rough, scaly and furry baby animals. This book will become one of your baby's favorites.
10. Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis
Whose little one doesn't love balloons? Baby will enjoy the clever rhyming in this story - even before they are old enough to enjoy the story line. This book will continue to entertain as your child grows - supplying wonderful and amusing illustrations. As they get older, they will have fun playing with the re-usable balloon stickers supplied at the end of the book.