Babies & Books - from the beginning
Babies & Books

from the beginning 


Why Read to Your Baby?

Newborn (birth to 6 months)

Older Baby (6 to 15 months)

Young Toddler (15 months to 2 years)

Older Toddler (2 to 3 years)

The Library: A Special Place for Baby and You

Suggested Books


Welcome Baby! Congratulations New Parent! 

Every parent gives his or her child the gift of life. Sharing books with your child is also a gift you as a parent can give. You are your child's first and most important teacher. It's up to you to start your baby on the way to understanding words. When you talk, sing, listen and read to your baby, you are teaching very important skills. Your baby is starting to learn from you right now.

This booklet has ideas for the kinds of things you can do with your child during the early stages of growing. It contains a small list of the many books you may share together and some books which can help you as a parent.

This is just a beginning. Your local library is full of many other fine books and materials, as well as special programs just for you and your baby.

Reciting nursery rhymes is a wonderful way to introduce your baby to new words.

Star Light,
Star Bright
Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Find this and more Mother Goose rhymes in My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie.

May your wishes for your baby come true! Reading to your child is one of the best things you can do to help fulfill your dreams for your child's future.

Funding for this project was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services with the assistance of the Mid-Hudson Library System.

Copyright ©1998 by Mid-Hudson Library System 
All rights reserved.

Writer/editor, Barbara Clapp

Booklet design/cover illustration, Deborah Begley

Last updated 1/12/10