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Books for Babies to Three Year Olds

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Raising a reader begins with a loving adult reading aloud to a baby. Here you'll find tips on reading aloud to your young child, as well as recommended books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, including board books, picture books, and books of Mother Goose rhymes.
  1. Tips and Books for Prospective and New Parents
  2. Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes, and Poetry
  3. More Board Books
  4. Picture Books

Tips and Books for Prospective and New Parents

Cover art of Baby Read-Aloud Basics

These articles, books, and How To tips are designed to give you the information you need to make children's books and reading an important part of your young child's life.

Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes, and Poetry

Cover art of Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose

Babies and young children love the sounds of favorite Mother Goose rhymes, other rhymes, and poetry. The rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and repetition found in many childhood favorites not only appeal to children; they also help them to begin to recognize and identify sounds, an important component in emergent literacy.

More Board Books

Childrens Halloween board book cover art of Five Little Pumpkins

Babies and young children are eager for children's books that they can hold by themselves. Board books are designed for very young children, with sturdy thick cardboard pages that are easy to turn and almost impossible to rip.

Picture Books

Kiss Good Night children's book

Good picture books make daily reading aloud to your child a pleasure. You'll find that one characteristic of a good picture book is that the story is told through the illustrations as well as the text. Encourage your child to retell stories you've read, using the illustrations as storytelling prompts.

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