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Reading With Your Baby

Reading is something you can - and should - do with your child at any age. From newborns through to much older children, it is a bonding experience we should all cherish - daily!

Although on the surface it may seem pointless reading to very young children, that's not the case at all! The quality time spent looking at and reading books helps you to bond with your child and helps establish an interest in books. They can engage in the pictures, listen to your voice and help turn the pages all while sitting snugly in your lap. This is often a great activity that dads can do with their babies!

Here are some ideas for books to share with your child, or to gift to parents-to-be.

Picture Books with Animals

Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy - Lynley Dodd

Pig the Pug - Aaron Blabey

There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake - Hazel Edwards

Spot the Dog - Eric Hill

More Picture Books with Animals

Wombat Stew - Marcia Vaughan

Possum Magic - Mem Fox

I Went Walking - Sue Williams

Rainbow Rob by Book - Jo Rigg, Roger Priddy, and Simon Mugford

A Very Cranky Bear - Nick Bland

Picture Books With a Beautiful Message

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - Dr. Seuss

Corduroy - Don Freeman

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Adventurous Picture Books

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen

Who Sank the Boat? - Pamela Allen

Where Is the Green Sheep? - Mem Fox

The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch

The Worst Princess - Anna Kemp

Fantastical Picture Books

I’m Green and I’m Grumpy - Alison Lester

Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Meg and Mog series b-Helen Nicoll

Picture Books for Parents Too!

Do Not Open This Book - Andy Lee

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep - Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? - Jane Yolen

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

What's your little one's favourite book?

This list is adapted from

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