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Inspiring a love of reading begins at birth.

Choose books based on your child’s interest and developmental stage to make reading fun!

Babies (Birth - One Year)

  • Sturdy books that can be chewed on
  • Books with photos and real faces, especially of other babies
  • Touch-and-feel books
  • Books based on nursery rhymes or songs
  • Concept books (colors, shapes, numbers)
  • Large, bright, or high-contrast images
  • Books with animal noises
  • Books about daily routines

Books for One - Three Year Olds

  • Clear, bold illustrations
  • Rhyming books
  • Books that are interactive or have movable parts
  • Books with repetitive phrases
  • Books that introduce feelings and emotions
  • Books about routines and daily life
  • Concept books (colors, shapes, numbers)
  • Books about your child’s favorite characters or interests

Books for Three - Five Year Olds

  • Detailed illustrations
  • Wordless picture books
  • Books with simple or predictive plots
  • Folktales
  • Funny books
  • Concept books: (opposites, size, time)
  • Non-fiction books about animals and science
  • Books with more abstract topics like fairness, feelings, and friendship


Not enough? Check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, contact your local library or email us for more!