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40 Best Baby Books for Baby's First Year

Our selects include best-selling classics, new releases and even a few that can be personalized.

Best Baby Books for the Ultimate Nursery Library
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Studies show it's never too early to start reading the best children's books to infants. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that reading baby books out loud to your kids starting from birth strengthens your parent-child bond and gets your baby started on important language and literacy skills. And in truth, it doesn’t matter what you read to your babies: Just hearing any words will get them the foundations for a later vocabulary, and it’s the lap-sitting, not the book choice, that makes for good bonding time. You could read your to-do list for the week, and it wouldn’t matter to a baby.

But it does matter to you, because reading a to-do list isn't that much fun. And instead there's a world of fantastic baby books with wonderful illustrations, innovative interactive features, ingenious wordplay and great read-aloud rhythms, all available at your fingertips. You might even get to learn a thing or two about quantum physics while you're it. Add the best baby books to your child's home library, and get ready for snuggly story time. (Bonus: They also make for great baby gifts.)

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