Top 10 Tips: Best Story Books for Babies

Baby Week Leeds

In support of Baby Week Leeds initiative, here are our Top 10 Baby Books to read to your little ones!

Why is it important to read to my baby?

Creating bedtime routine: 
Even though your newborn is still too little to understand what you are saying, it is a soothing ritual to start from a young age.

Learning to talk: 
Your baby will settle with the sound of your voice, and will subconsciously pick up the rhythms, tones, and inflexions of your voice which can help when they learn to read later on.

Developing eyesight: 
The stories might be too complex, but from birth to around three-months-old, your baby is learning to focus their eyes on simple patterns. All of these books will have bright illustrations, shapes, and letters to occupy your baby.

Storytelling skills: 
Your baby will develop his or her own imagination in time, and storytelling will be a big part of this. Reading to your baby from an early age can encourage this.

Developing empathy: 
Scientists have found that children who have stories read to them regularly show more empathy, and find it easier to understand people.

Extending understanding: 
As your tot gets older, at the end of storytime stop and ask them ‘why do you think this character did that’ — this can help your child develop their understanding and vocabulary.

Here are our Top 10 Books to read to your baby - enjoy!

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

3. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 

4. Acorn Wood series by Julia Donaldson 

5. 'That's Not My' series by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

6. Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

7. Where's Spot? By Eric Hill 

8. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury 

9. Giraffe's Can't Dance by Giles Andreae 

10. No Matter What by Debi Gliori


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