There’s no science to picking a page-turner for baby, but you know you’ve found the right fit when he asks for it again and again. That’s good news, since early literacy is essential to your child’s development.

Sharing your love of the written word is also an integral part of an effective bedtime routine. After all, what better way is there to end each day than having your kiddo curl up in your lap? It doesn’t matter if you reach the last page, because it’s the bonding that counts. 

Pediatricians encourage reading aloud to your baby as early as three months. Little does she know that those silly rhymes and colorful pictures build vocabulary and give her a head start when she goes to school. Point out letters and ask her to identify objects; before you know it, she’ll be rattling off her ABCs.

Start your baby’s library with this mix of classics and new favorites, organized (loosely) by age:

Ages 0-2

Goodnight Moon

The Going to Bed Book

Good Night!

Time for Bed

Ages 2-4

Goodnight, Gorilla

Llama Llama Red Pajama 

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Ages 4-8

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

The Napping House

Where the Wild Things Are