Your Baby 0-18 Months

  • Your newborn: Newborns enjoy the sound of voices and music, and respond to rhythms and rhymes by cooing and smiling.
  • Your 6-12 month old: Your baby will put books in his or her mouth, experiment with sounds, and demonstrate excitement. Reading can become a favorite activity at this age.
  • Your 12-18 month old: Your baby will begin to understand simple words. He or she will answer questions like "where is…?" by pointing, and will enjoy turning the pages of board books.

Tips for reading with your baby:

  • Treat reading together as a bonding experience. Hold your baby on your lap, and let your baby know that you think reading together is pleasurable.
  • Exaggerate letter sounds and rhythms so that your baby interacts with the language in the books.
  • Take your cues from your baby. Reading together should be enjoyable, so if your baby begins to get fussy and turn away from the book, this may be your sign to switch activities and return to the book later.
  • Choose sturdy brightly colored books that your baby can explore by seeing, touching, and tasting.
  • Read books about families, babies, or other familiar objects such as pets or toys.
  • Point to pictures and name the colors and the people, animals, or things that you see.

Books for children 0-12 months:

  • Baby Faces by DK Books
  • Black On White by Tana Hoban
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
  • Doggies by Sandra Boynton
  • Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
  • Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise Brown
  • How Baby Grows by Stella Blackstone
  • Olivia's Opposites by Ian Falconer
  • Peek-a-Boo! by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

Books for children 12-18 months:

  • Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox
  • Toes, Ears & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Where is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz
  • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill