15 First Books Your Baby Will Love

It is never too young to enjoy a book! In fact reading aloud to babies is proven to have immense benefits. Reading only helps in developing a life long love for books and literature, but also contributes to their brain and speech development. Many parents wonder whether the baby actually understands anything when we read to them. Some even tend to translate English books to their mother tongue. But, it has actually been found that babies do understand what we read to them. Listening to our voice, rhythm and modulation and by looking at the pictures, babies try to figure out what they see and understand the emotion behind our cadence. Here are a few tips that might help you to get an idea on the best way to read to your baby

  • The art of story telling lies in bringing the story to life. Babies love it when you exaggerate and make things sound like it is a big deal. They love the rhythm and emotion that you bring to story. So, when you read “ That night he had a stomach ache” in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, your sound should reflect the pain, or when you read “ I don’t know to sing” in Spot Goes To School, your sound should reflect the disappointment.( Yeah, basically it makes you a good artist!)
  • When choosing the first book for your baby, try something that your child can relate to. For example, if she goes to the park daily, she will love “Spot Goes to Park,” if she has been to a farm before, try “Oh Dear,” or, you could start with evergreens like “Good Night Moon”, “Where is the baby’s belly button?” or “Huggy Kiss” as the stories revolve around things that a baby see and experience in her everyday life.
  • Don’t expect your baby to sit through a reading from start to end. Babies are likely to flip the pages, chew them or move on to another book or they just get stuck on a single page. Just play along. Most of the babies won’t sit through a complete reading till they are about 12-18 months old.
  • Ideally, read before bedtime, as babies are likely to be in a mood to cuddle and enjoy a book.
  • Point out and name the pictures you see in the books. After a while, you can ask the baby to name them or ask them where is the “dog”, “ball” etc.
  • It is best to buy board books instead of paperback or hardcover books because they are durable and tend to withstand the baby’s chewing, biting and other abuses.

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So, now, lets get on to the books for first time readers.

Best Books For Babies

  • Baby Touch: Peekaboo

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    With bright bold illustrations and different textured surfaces, this book is a big hit amongst first time readers. It isn’t exactly a story book so to speak, rather it consists of different textured elements like a fuzzy caterpillar, bumpy octopus, soft tiger and so on. Babies love touching these elements and hearing parents explain about them.
    Rating: 4.4/5 ( based on 281 customer reviews)
  • Baby Touch: Flip Flap Book

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    This is another book in the Baby Touch series. If your baby loved Peekaboo, he will definitely be fond of Flip Flap book too. The elements are made with textures of glitter, ridged plastic, velvet, mirror and foil to further stimulate the baby’s tactile senses. Other books in Baby Touch series like Playbook, Words, Colours are also highly rated.
    Rating: 4.2/5 ( based on 46 customer reviews)
  • Good Night Moon

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    A bedtime classic that is one of the most loved first books. The book describes a big green room with a lot of stuffs typically seen in a house and finally you bid good night to everything in the room as well as the moon, air, stars and nobody. Babies love it as they can easily relate the things in the room to what he sees around himself.
    Rating: 3.9/5 ( based on 116 customer reviews)
  • Oh Dear!

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    A book in which the protagonist Buster goes to different farm animals asking for eggs for breakfast. Your child will love lifting the flaps to discover each animal and the sound it makes. In no time, your little one will start recognising the animals too.
    Rating: 4.8/5 ( based on 36 customer reviews)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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    A hungry little caterpillar goes on an eating spree starting with one apple and ending in chocolate cake, ice cream cone, cherry pie, sausage and finally a green leaf. On the picture of each food item, there is a hole that the caterpillar burrowed. Your little one will enjoy putting his fingers in it. The book introduces to your child the concepts of counting, days of a week, different food items and how a caterpillar transforms in to a butterfly.
    Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 479  customer reviews)
  • Spot Goes To School

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    If your child has started pre-school or daycare, then he will adore this book about Spot’s first day at school. At first, Spot is a little unhappy at school, as he doesn’t know to sing. But soon, he discovers dressing up clothes, plays with his buddies in the playground, takes part in “show-and-tell”, plays with the paint, and finally he starts loving school to the extend that he doesn’t want to go home. After an eventful day at school, when Spot’s mom asks how was school, he replies with a mere okay- something that every parent can relate to!
    Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 13 customer reviews)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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    The book starts by asking Brown Bear what he sees, and he replies with “ I see a red bird looking at me.” The next question is to the red bird, then to a yellow bird, and so on it repeats till the question is asked to a student in a class. Through this book, kids are introduced to colours as well as different animals. Rhyme and repetition are the elements that make this book a favourite amongst young kids.
    Rating: 4.8/5 ( based on 43 customer reviews)
  • Spot Goes To Park

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    This story relates to the activities that a baby typically sees in a park and has the interactive element of being a lift-the-flap book. Spot and his friends go to the park. They play in the swing, chase the pigeons and throw the ball at a grumpy elephant. Finally, the ball falls in to a pond and a duck helps them get it back.
    Rating: 4/5 (based on  1 customer reviews)
  • Dear Zoo

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    Dear Zoo introduces your little one to a host of animals through a fun little story where the zoo sends different animals as pets, but then each of them are sent back for being too big, too tall, too ferocious etc. Finally, after putting a lot of thought the Zoo send the perfect gift- a little puppy that is loved by all.
    Rating: 4.4/5 ( based on 88 customer reviews)
  • Where Is Spot?

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    Spot hasn’t had his dinner. His mother sets out to find him and searches behind the door, inside the clock, under the rug and so on. At last, the mother finds him inside a basket and in the end Spot happily eats his dinner.
    Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 17 customer reviews)
  • Huggy Kissy

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    Huggy Kissy as the name suggests is a book that spreads love through hugs and kisses. It is about the different ways a baby experience love from his family. The mom and dad kiss him, the friends hug him, the uncle’s kisses are a bit scratchy and thus the entire family expresses their love in a special way.
    Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 24 customer reviews)
  • Busy Zoo

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    This fun lift the flap book is about Katie and her daily routine at the zoo. She scrubs the elephant, feeds the penguin and is busy throughout the day attending to each and every animal in the zoo. Children will love lifting the flaps and will enjoy the rhymes and colourful pictures in this book.
    Rating: 4.7 /5 ( based on 46 customer reviews)
  • Postman Bear

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    Postman Bear is a lift-the-flap book with a story about the bear and his friends. Bear goes out and posts three letters each to a Frog, Squirrel and Mole. When they open the letter they find they are invited to the Bear’s birthday party. Finally, they all go to the Bear’s party with their gifts and the bear bakes a delicious cake for them.
    Rating: 4.8/5 ( based on 5  customer reviews)
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button?

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    “Where is baby’s belly button?” is a lift-the-flap book that encourages your little one to point and name different body parts. Babies love it as it incorporates the element of Peekaboo too
    Rating: 4.4/5 ( based on 41 customer reviews)
  • Zoom Zoom Baby

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    This interactive lift-the-flap book introduces your little one to different animals and vehicles through a colourfully illustrated story where you set off on a search for the baby. After searching a boat, bus, plane and train to find different animals, finally the baby is found in a car zooming off!
    Rating: 4.6/5 ( based on 5 customer reviews)

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