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Top 15 Books To Read To Baby

Story time with baby might be one of our favorite activities. Looking to expand your baby’s collection? Here, Bumpies share their favorite children’s books to help you choose.

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Peek-a-boo Forest by Lamaze

“My daughter’s all-time favorite book is Peek-a-boo Forest. It's a cloth book that has hidden forest animals behind a flap on each page.” — _Nukke. _ $14,

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Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

“We always pick up the books in this series at the library. Each page has a flap with something hidden under it.” — Jac409. $5,


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Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance is a big hit in this house!” — Stina2012. $4,


Beach Lane Books / The Bump
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

“I know that babies can't exactly recite the alphabet, but it's never to early to start! We love this book because it's great for beginners. We bought it for my daughter last week and we’ve read it about 1,000 times already.” — _Gale B.* _ $4,

Golden Books / The Bump
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The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

“We pick books that have very few words per page, clear pictures and fun stories about mom or dad and baby. One of our favorite books is The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. It's very visual and easy to understand." — _Kate K. _ $2,

Scholastic / The Bump
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“My husband reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar to our daughter every night. She loves the colors, and the book is big, so it’s easy to see all the pictures.” — _Megan R. _ $6,

Harper Collins / The Bump
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“We have ‘older-kid’ books that we read to our son, like Where the Wild Things Are _because sometimes we need stories that are a little longer because they help calm him — he lays his ear to my chest and we read.” — Paula W. _ $7,

Puffin Books / The Bump
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Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Good Night, Gorilla was my daughter’s first favorite book. I think the deep-purple drawings appealed to her way before she could listen to and understand a story.” — _Kim H. _ $5,

North-South Books / The Bump
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Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy

“I read _Hugs and Kisses _by Christophe Loupy aloud when I was pregnant with my daughter. I plan to do it again with my second baby.” — _Stacey R. _ $1,

Random House Books for Young Readers / The Bump
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Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet! by Dr. Seuss

Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet! by Dr. Seuss is great. The version I have has different textures that my kids can touch. They love it!” — _Lauren B. _ $8,

Feiwel & Friends / The Bump
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On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

“I had a book-themed baby shower, and someone gave me the book On the Night You Were Born. It’s so good it made me cry! I loved being able to read to my belly during pregnancy and now that our baby is here, we love reading this to her at night.” —_ Ashley A. _ $8,

Little Simon / The Bump
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Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

“I highly recommend Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz. My twins are eight months old and can already turn the pages and lift the flaps. We probably read that book 10 times a day — they can’t get enough.” —_ Gwen S. _ $5,

Harper Collins / The Bump
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

“I love Laura Numeroff’s books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin.... I already bought the entire series to read to my baby. They're silly and beautifully illustrated. I like that my daughter can follow along with the pretty pictures.” — _Tanya B. _ $11,

Little Simon / The Bump
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

“We just got _We’re Going on a Bear Hunt _the other day. Both of my sons are thrilled with it. It’s repetitive, so they can recite it, and it’s easy to make up motions to go along with it.” — _Allison W. _ $5,

Chronicle Books / The Bump
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Press Here by Herve Tullet

“I’ve been telling parents about this book because it’s super-awesome and pretty interactive! It’s tons of fun and great to read to a group of kids. It’s like magic.” — _Shawna G. _ $16,

*Some names have been changed.

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By Sarah Yang