What books should I put in my baby's nursery? Creating a Nursery

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No nursery is complete without a shelf full of colorful baby books. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents read to their babies every day, starting at birth. For inspiration on which titles to choose when stocking baby's first bookshelf, look no further than these recommendations from child speech experts, a nursery designer, and fellow moms.

Singsongy, Rhyming & Lift-the-Flap Books

"For babies, we recommend board books because cardboard books don't rip, and so they aren't eating paper when they put it in their mouth. There are also plastic books they can bring to the bath. Simple books with pictures are best for a younger child. We like books that have a singsongy rhythm, like Five Little Monkeys; The Wheels on the Bus; and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Also, rhyming books, like those by Dr. Seuss. Lift-the-flap books are really...

"For babies, we recommend board books because cardboard books don't rip, and so they aren't eating paper when they put it in their mouth. There are also plastic books they can bring to the bath. Simple books with pictures are best for a younger child. We like books that have a singsongy rhythm, like Five Little Monkeys; The Wheels on the Bus; and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Also, rhyming books, like those by Dr. Seuss. Lift-the-flap books are really great; there's a surprise every time for the baby to lift up and find underneath." -- Heather Marenda-Miller, MS, CCC-SLP and Amy Wilhelm, MS, CCC-SLP, licensed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologists with Social Scouts, Los Angeles

Modern Books for a Modern Nursery

"The classics are always a must-have for any growing child, but you probably know most of those. I like to stock my modern nurseries with copies of books like AB to Jay-Z, 123 With The Notorious BIG, ABCs for the Little Gs, Urban Babies Wear Black, Sporty Babies Wear Sweats, and This Little Piggy Went to Prada. In those first few months, your baby will be most aware of the sound of your voice and your closeness as you read to them, but they can't...

"The classics are always a must-have for any growing child, but you probably know most of those. I like to stock my modern nurseries with copies of books like AB to Jay-Z, 123 With The Notorious BIG, ABCs for the Little Gs, Urban Babies Wear Black, Sporty Babies Wear Sweats, and This Little Piggy Went to Prada. In those first few months, your baby will be most aware of the sound of your voice and your closeness as you read to them, but they can't understand what you're saying, so I believe the words you're reading should entertain you too. You've earned it." -- Vanessa Antonelli, nursery, playroom, and kids' space designer and proprietor of Nessalee Baby

Make It a Memento

"I like to give a baby Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. You can have every teacher write in it after each school year ends, and gift it to the child at their future graduation."

Bedtime Book

"Good Night Moon. I've been reading it to my daughter every night since she was 1 month old. Now she's 5 months and smiles so big when she hears the first four lines. That's become my favorite part of the book."

Simple Books for Young Kids

"I have so many favorites but I think Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Dear Zoo were two of my kids' favorite books because they could memorize it and participate in our bedtime story routine at an early age."

Loving Reads

"On the Night You Were Born and Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You are books that tell my son how much he's loved, and someday when he has children, he can read those books to them."

Smart Lesson

"I loved What Do You Do with an Idea. It shows children that if they have an idea, they need to nourish it and help it grow, no matter what others think of it. Because what you do with an idea can change the world."

Sweet Classic

"I absolutely love I Am a Bunny. The illustrations are delightful, and it teaches children about finding joy during each season of life."

A Few More to Try

"My daughter is 15 months old. Some of our favorites are: Little Blue Truck, Love Monster, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I Love You Goodnight, I Love You Through & Through, If Animals Kissed Goodnight, and Mommy Hugs."

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