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21 Classic Baby Books Every Nursery Needs


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When it comes to preparing a nursery, there are many items on a parent’s checklist, from furniture and decor, to clothing and diapers — lots of diapers. However, more and more often, there’s one part of the nursery that goes overlooked and that’s the library. An essential part to any nursery, making sure your child (or grandchild) is exposed to the best classic children’s books is more important than you may think.  

When should you start reading to babies? 

You’ve likely heard “it’s never too early to start reading to your baby,” but when should you start? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), parents should start reading aloud to their babies as soon as possible. So, why is it important to read to babies? Aside from being an enjoyable form of bonding between parents and their babies, reading is an integral part of early brain and childhood development, specifically when it comes to developing language, literacy, communication, memory, and social-emotional skills. 

Best Classic Baby Books

Best Classic Baby Books

From classic bedtime stories colored with captivating illustrations to interactive, rhyming board books your baby will be repeating back to you in no time, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list, filled with all of your favorites. Whether you’re looking to stock up your nursery or on the hunt for the perfect baby shower gift, these books are bound to be on every parent’s wishlist. Keep scrolling for FIRST’s picks for the best classic baby books every nursery needs. 

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