One of my all-time favorite things to do with my daughters? Read. After a long day that starts with getting to the bus stop on time, and ends with a fresh bath (most days!) and a clean pair of PJs, the idea of sitting down with a good story is an experience I relish and one that I find both engaging and calming. (It’s a great way for me to wind down before bedtime, too!). I began reading to my girls shortly after they were born and home from the hospital; we have tattered copies of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Goodnight Moon” as proof. When my fussy, younger daughter wouldn’t stop crying, I would take a book in my shaking hand, clear my throat and begin, “In the great green room…” And when my older daughter had a tantrum as a preschooler, I realized that reading was the only way to soothe her. It’s no wonder that I’m a big fan of bonding through books as early as possible, and why the latest list of “Best Books for Babies” from The Fred Rogers Company (producers of the beloved classic kids’ TV show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”) is so important. Selected by a group of librarians, teachers, early childhood experts and parents, this list features new titles that are both age-appropriate and filled with rich illustrations to stimulate young minds. I invite you to check out this compilation and pay a visit to your local library with your little one. It’s never too soon to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
In a Nutshell: Snuggle up and enjoy one of these acclaimed books with your baby. What better way is there to end your child’s day than with you and good book?