1. Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! by Trisch Rabe and Dr. Seuss  – Artfully extracted and adapted almost entirely from Ted Geisel’s work, this is a must for all expectant parents – and introduction to the wonderful world of Dr. Suess for their adorable baby-to-be. Exciting new discoveries are being made all the time about how much learning takes place while a baby is still in its mother’s womb, and Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! makes the perfect welcome! It’s never too early to start them on a rich and healthy regimen of good ol’ Dr. Seuss.
  2. Little You by Richard Van Camp  – Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life–and the new little ones on the way!
  3. Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch – A young woman holds her newborn son And looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: “I’ll love you forever I’ll like you for always As long as I’m living My baby you’ll be.” So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition. This book can be read to children up to six years of age.
  4. Can’t Wait to Show You: A Celebration for Mothers-to-Be, by Jacqueline Boyle. It’s never too early to read to your baby! Can’t Wait to Show You is inspired by studies showing that a rhythmic story read regularly during the last trimester soothes and stimulates your baby before and after it’s born. At the same time, the sweet verses and illustrations allow YOU to celebrate this time of joyful anticipation. Plus, this sturdy board book, made in the USA, is uniquely shaped to rest comfortably over your belly! Please visit belly-books.com for lots more information.
  5. When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner – From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into     God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. This book can be read to children up to seven years of age.
  6. Baby Beluga, by Raffi and Ashley Wolff – Singing supports and encourages even the youngest child’s speech and listening skills, which makes Baby Beluga perfect for early learning. Join this adorable baby whale on a busy day at sea, culminating in a warm mother-child bedtime ending. With its delightful illustrations, this is the ideal sing-along for a whole new generation of readers. This book can also be read to small children.
  7. Nine Months in my Mommy, Autobiography of an Unborn Baby, by Carole Marsh – What if an unborn baby could talk? Well, this one does! Listen in and hear this sweet baby’s charming, thoughtful, humorous musings during its nine-month adventure! If the baby seems to have a little attitude as gets more crowded in there, well… The baby tries to figure out the meaning of the words it hears at home, visits to the doctors’ office, in the garden, going to the hospital and more! There is original colourful artwork throughout the book. Prepare to laugh and weep – no wonder we cherish the unborn.
  8. Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here! A Word from your Baby-in-Waiting, by Barbara Park – “Ma! there’s nothing to do here!” complains the precocious protagonist of this rhyming tale set entirely in utero. It’s not exactly a scintillating experience spending nine months in your mother’s womb. You’re just stuck there at the end of that dumb bungee cord (a.k.a. the umbilical cord), with nothing whatsoever to do but slosh around. But, oh, the endless joys you have to look forward to as you listen to the tick-tock of ma’s happy heart clock and await that happy day when you finally come out to play.
  9. Here’s the Reason God Made Me, by Mikal Kieffer and Paula Becker – This busy, buzzy, bumbly bee has a story to share with you—and me! Whether dancing or prancing or leaning in for a hug and snuggle, Abbee knows she’s been made for just those moments. Made by God…a heart-healthy lesson every child longs to discover! This book can also be read to small children.

Believe it or not, you can read to your newborn child too. It is an amazing way to bond and connect with your baby. Just snuggle up to your baby and read an amazing story in a soft voice. The sound of your voice will be soothing for your baby. Don’t be surprised when you start getting a response from your baby when you read his / her favourite storybook. A few pointers to keep in mind is that the book should have simple words, clear and bright illustrations. You can read books that are different in shapes and have different textures from the inside. 

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