Snuggle with your baby and read for a short time. Stop when your baby tells you she’s done. Singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes throughout the day is another great way to “read” to a baby. Follow your baby’s lead!

When choosing books for babies, look for:
• books with pictures of other babies
• rhythm and rhyme
• bright, bold pictures & simple text
• repetition

Great Books for Babies and Ones

Hello Animals by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
The Babies and Doggies Book by John Schindel
Loving Me by Debby Slier
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell
Can You Say It Too? Hoot! Hoot! by Sebastien Braun
Global Baby Girls by Global Fund for Children
Global Baby Boys by Global Fund for Children
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig

Action Rhymes and Songs

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Clapping!
Mama’s little baby loves clapping, clapping
Mama’s little baby loves clapping fast!
Mama’s little baby loves clapping, clapping
Mama’s little baby loves clapping slow

Down By the Station 
Down by the station, early in the morning.
See the little puffer-billies all in a row.
See the station master pull his little lever.
Chug, chug, toot, toot-
Off we go!

These Are Baby’s Fingers
These are baby’s fingers, (touch baby’s fingers)
These are baby’s toes, (touch baby’s toes)
This is baby’s belly button- (point to belly button)
Round and round it goes. (circle belly button with your finger)