5 - 6 Months

Week 23: It can last less than a minute, but makes a big difference

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We often hear that reading is important down the line, but why exactly should I read to my baby right now? How long should it last? What if my baby doesn’t seem interested? What are the best books for this age?

Here are some considerations for reading time with your baby:

Read to your baby now

  • Most child development professionals believe that children who are regularly exposed to language and books in early infancy develop higher IQs and more language fluency.
  • Books offer ways to expose your baby to new vocabulary words you might not commonly use, rhyming and rhythm, and different language structures than they are exposed to in everyday conversation.
  • Reading builds positive associations: reading time = cozy time. Creating a habit of reading to your baby helps them learn to love books, because they love being close to you and hearing your voice.

What to expect from reading at this age

Woman holding a baby in their lap while looking at a book about opposites by Lovevery.
  • Reading can last for less than a minute.
  • Babies generally take an interest in board books sometime between 6 and 9 months. Your baby may or may not show an interest in books at first. Keep reading each day even if they don’t seem to be interested yet.
  • Try reading face-to-face with your baby supported by your crossed leg, so they can see your face while you read.
  • Your baby will probably not want to read the book beginning to end. Flip around to follow their interest.
  • Your baby might prefer that you stop reading so they can chew on the book instead. It’s all good—they’re still learning about books through their mouth 😉
Woman holding a baby in their lap while looking at a book about body parts by Lovevery.

The Lovevery board books have been specifically developed to capture your baby’s attention with real-life photographs of people and objects they are interested in right now. In addition to the Lovevery books, here is a list of our top favorites for babies and toddlers:

Babies:

  • Mother Goose by Mary Engelbreit
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Peek-A-Who? By Nina Laden
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button? By Karen Katz
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Ten in the Bed Jane Cabrera
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss
  • Whose Toes are Those? By Jabari Asim
  • ABC by Alison Jay
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

Toddlers:

  • The Hat by Jan Brett
  • The Turnip by Jan Brett
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • Nursery Tales by Mary Engelbreit
  • This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Llama Llama Collection by Anna Dewdney
  • So Much! By Trish Cooke
  • Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
  • No David! By David Shannon
  • Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman
  • Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
  • A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

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