5 Great Books to Read to Babies

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Reading to baby is a great way to boost development and early reading skills. When choosing baby books to read for your infant or toddler, look for bold, interesting pictures, rhyming text and simple words that are easy for babies to follow.

The act of reading to your baby is more important than the book you choose, though. A warm lap and the rhythmic sound of a familiar voice is what matters most to baby.

To get your baby book library started, here are some favorite books to read to babies.

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    The Rainbow Fish is a beautiful book, in terms of story and illustrations. Babies will enjoy the lovely drawings in calming colors and the fish's sparkling scales.

    Parents will love the message this book teaches about sharing. ​The Rainbow Fish is an excellent bedtime storybook, too, thanks to the restful colors and soothing text. The sparkling scales also look great by nightlight.

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    This classic book has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. The story of a caterpillar's journey to becoming a butterfly, and his many meals in between, is a favorite for babies and parents alike.

    Younger babies will like the bright colors and simple pictures. Toddlers can sharpen their new-found counting skills by counting their way through the caterpillar's snacks.

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    A perfect bedtime story, this book follows a young rabbit as he says goodnight to anything and everything to try to avoid sleep. The rhyming text makes it a great choice for younger babies.

    Toddlers may identify with the bunny's desire to stay awake, but they will soon find themselves calm and ready for bed thanks to the soothing poetry and pictures that progress from evening ​to night.

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    Babies will love to touch this book and follow along with the activities such as patting the bunny and playing peek-a-boo. The interesting textures and smells will hold baby's interest during story time or even on a car trip.

    One of the top-selling baby storybooks of all time, ​Pat the Bunny was first released in 1940 and has been a favorite family book for several generations.​

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    Touchable, three-dimensional ladybugs and bright, bold illustrations make this a wonderful book for infants, who will enjoy the rhyming story of ten ladybugs who disappear one by one.

    Toddlers can practice their numbers and colors, as well as identify familiar creatures in the illustrations. ​Ten Little Ladybugs provides hands-on learning and fun for babies of all ages.