10 Books to Capture Your Baby’s Attention

Before my first child was born, I had already amassed a small library of children’s books. I spent nine months anticipating sharing my precious picture book collection with my child. When I first sat down to read to my one-month-old baby, I was dismayed to discover that he did not immediately share my love of picture books. With all three of my children, I have found that getting kids excited about reading takes patience, perseverence, and careful book selection.

Bird, Fly High! by Petr Horacek. For the baby with a short attention span (all babies!), this simple story about a bird searching for food for his young may hold his attention. Gorgeous illustrations. Ages 0+

This Little Chick by John Lawrence. Bold, woodcut illustrations and a rhyming text hold baby’s attention. A humorous story about a chick’s adventures entertain older kids and adult readers. Ages 0+

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boyton. A colorful, jaunty rhyme to share with your baby. Snuggle Puppy is also a nice reminder that story time with babies should first and foremost be snuggle time. Ages 0+

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. While the book’s message is aimed at older kids, your baby will enjoy the rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and front page cutouts. An excellent book to read to baby and an older sibling. Ages 0+


Babies by Julie Aigner-Clark. Babies enjoy looking at images of babies. This book delivers. Babies is another good book to read with your baby and his or her new older sibling because it describes the basics of a young baby: “sometimes babies cry,” “babies sleep a lot,” “babies need lots of love.” Ages 0+

Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz. At a certain age, babies are unable to resist flaps. This book, with flaps plus pictures of babies, was my first child’s favorite book when he was six to seven months of age. Ages 0+

To Be a Kid by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko. By the time babies reach eight or nine months, they are often captivate by older, capable kids. To Be a Kid has wonderful photographs of kids from around the world engaging in familiar activities: running, walking, eating, painting, dancing, etc. Ages 0+

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. With repeat reading, Brown Bear, Brown Bear captivates babies as they learn to associate the words with the images and to anticipate the next image. Eric Carle’s colorful collages also hold babies’ attention. Ages 0+

Neighborhood Animals by Marilyn Singer. A favorite of my third child. This simple book has nice photos of familiar animals: a dog, a cat, a bird, etc. Neighborhood Animals may appeal to the baby who is excited about learning the names of animals he has seen. Ages 0+

Fuzzy Bee and Friends by Roger Priddy. Fuzzy Bee and Friends is a cloth book with a front cover that crinkles and insect legs, wings, antenae etc. that baby can play with. This was my first child’s favorite book when he was five months old. Ages 0+

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3 Responses to 10 Books to Capture Your Baby’s Attention

  1. Curious Librarian says:

    This post inspired me to make one of my own using my daughter’s favorites from birth to 12 months. Thanks!

    http://litallusions.blogspot.com/2011/11/favorite-baby-books-birth-12-months.html

  2. Erinn L says:

    Oh my gosh! I remember Jack with that Fuzzy Bee book! He loved that book so much. It reminded Jim and I of the movie Best in Show where the weimaraner owner yells, “Get the Busy Bee! GO GO!” OK It’s not funny unless you’ve seen it, but that book will always remind me of Jack.

    You are so right about it taking careful book selection. All of my kids loved the bright colors of Anne Gutman’s Mommy Hugs/Daddy Loves books, but outside of that, their interests were really different. Owen liked musical books, Evan liked flaps, and Mia likes texture.

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