What parents should look for in choosing books for babies

Tips from the Library Service to Children

Choosing books for babies

If you have a baby at home, Cynthia Richey, President of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association has a few ideas for you to consider in choosing books for your baby:
  • age appropriate subject or theme
  • clear, uncluttered illustrations, e.g., bold patterns, bright pictures
  • easy physical manipulation, e.g., easy-to-turn-pages, flaps, or other movable parts
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Best types of books for babies:
  • Rhythm and rhymes, Mother Goose, lullabies
  • concept books - point and say with clear pictures
  • sturdy board books
  • cloth books
  • touch books - with interactive textures
  • simple picture storybooks
The Association for Library Service to Children has a wonderful brochure, Born to Read: How to Raise a Reader, that has tips for parents and a list of excellent books for babies. Local libraries have many lists of best books for babies, too.