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International Children’s Book Day – Baby’s First Library

April 2, 2017

Build your baby’s library and encourage early literacy by reading regularly to your baby and continuing throughout their childhood. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this list of our favorite books for babies and children. From timeless classics to new-found favorites, these books are sure to become favorites for your children and parents alike.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Big bold images, repetitive phrases to encourage memorization and word recognition, as well as color identification and animal recognition are just a few of the awesome features of this book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Who doesn’t love the beautiful collages, fun holes to poke thru, and simple memorable storyline of this childhood classic? Eric Carle is one of the most recognized and beloved illustrators of children’s books, and this is one of his best.

Love You Forever

This classic grows with you and your child and will evoke powerful parenthood emotions as you realize your growing baby will always be just that – your baby.


Babies love looking at the faces of other babies, and this book is no exception. Watch as your baby is mesmerized by the various emotions of the babies in the book.

Pat the Bunny

This nearly 80-year-old classic touch-and-feel book allows you and your baby to interact with its pages and learn about the senses. Your baby is encouraged to smell, touch, play peek-a-boo, and more in this sweet and simple favorite.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

This rhythmic book is really fun to read and the entire book is written in meter so you can march or pat to a steady beat as you read. Repetition and body part identification can help your baby’s cognitive development.

First 100 Animals

Priddy Baby books makes awesome flash-card style books to help introduce baby to a number of different animals. Baby animals, farm animals, ocean animals, etc. are all categorized to help aid in identification. Look for other “baby’s first” books by Priddy Baby because they are all awesome to have on hand.

Runaway Bunny

This book will help teach your child the principle of a mother’s love. When a sweet little bunny keeps running away, his mother persists that she will run after and find him every single time. This comforting message of unconditional love will become a favorite in your home.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This book offers a great and memorable way to introduce letters, even to the youngest of babies. The visually stimulating bold portrayal of the letters and the clever rhymes are easy to follow and fun to recite.

Green Eggs and Ham

The rhyming and repetition in this book make it a fun favorite from a young age. Not to mention it’s never too early to encourage kids to try new foods.

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Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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