Books for babies

Great Australian author, Mem Fox, is passionate about reading to babies from birth and the magic it creates. She believes reading with your child, or any child, has wonderful effects on the babies development. Of course many studies confirm the value of reading aloud to very young children especially in the cognitive area. Mem says"I'd like to deemphasize the brain for a while by focusing yet again on the heart and the role that emotional factors play in the development of literacy...on intangible, affective influences on reading because I believe it's time someone stood up and told those miserable, measurable, cognitive factors they've had more then their fair share of our time for years, with precious little to show for it other than an appalling level of illiteracy and a high level of cultural ignorance." Mem Fox in “Radical Reflections”, 1993.
So what books are good to read to babies? Basically any picture books you enjoy reading.

I like:

I Went Walking by Sue Machin

Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Spring is Here by Taro Gomi

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Baby Faces by DK Publishing

and of course books by Mem Fox like:

Where is the Green Sheep and

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

- Lots more book suggestions at Early Childhood.

- EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOKSTORE which contains most books suggested on this site.

- For more information on Why you should be reading to children get Reading Magic by Mem Fox


  1. Good O, I have the majority of books on that list and I'll just go have a little look at the others.

  2. reading Magic is a great book that explains it very well - Lee you should give it a link


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