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3 Books for Babies that Build a Foundation for Learning

3 Books for Babies that Build a Foundation for Learning

I am not a big fan of putting a lot of pressure on kids, but I do love books and activities that help kids learn as they play and explore. These books introduce little kids to big concepts early and beautifully.

Kids learn through play, and reading is one sort of play that’s especially beneficial. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended reading to kids right from birth to help develop their language and communication skills. Classic books for babies like Pat the Bunny and Goodnight Moon do the job, but why not also choose some beautiful books that gently teach?

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Before we get started, I do want to say that I’m not advocating any sort of formal teaching for young babies. These books aren’t about your kids mastering color codes or a second language. They’re just about exposing developing brains to these concepts, so that later in life they’re not encountering them for the first time. These books are a head start, not a lesson plan.

3 Books for Babies that Make Learning Fun

Pantone color chips. Creative Commons photo by Ciokka

1. For the Little Graphic Designer

In the design world, Pantone is king. Their color swatches help designers see how screen colors will translate to print, and those rainbows of swatches are an inspiration on their own.  I love design and color, so the Pantone Colors book has been on my son’s shelf since before he was born. The book features gorgeous illustrations along with pages of Pantone color swatches in every color of the rainbow plus brown, black, white, and gray.

3 Books for Babies that Make Learning Fun

2. For the Little Coder

HTML is the foundation for every site on the Internet. It’s a web design language that almost everyone is going to need to know by the time our kids are grown. Why not give them a head start? HTML might be a little bit more technical than Spanish or French, but it’s as much a language as the ones we speak out loud. HTML for Babies is a colorful, fun way to get your kid used to seeing code. HTML for Babies is part of a three-book series, so you can really fill your child’s shelf with web design goodness, if you’re so inclined!

3 Books for Babies that Make Learning Fun

3. For the Little Linguist

Dual-language books are a fun way to expose your baby to a second language in a no-pressure way. There are tons of dual-language books out there, but the one that my baby loves the most is This Little Piggy/Este Cochinito. The great thing about dual language books is that it’s a nice break for parents. Babies love when you read them the same book over and over, and you can make that a little bit more fun for yourself by switching up the language that you’re reading.

Does your baby have a favorite book with an educational edge? I’d love to hear about your favorite books for babies in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:56PM PST on Feb 8, 2015

Goodnight Moon, read to our daughter starting the night of her birth......almost 19 years later, still loves it

8:08AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

Thank you

10:30AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Thank you

6:08AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Just any book for - early readers are great. But anything wht beautiful pictures seems to have captured our baby's attention - we've been reading to her since she was 3 months and she gets better focus over time... We don't think we're creating a genius but we do hope were fostering a love for stories and reading.

5:31AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Love books...soo Important for all kids

5:30AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Love books...soo Important for all kids

5:29AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Noted thanks

5:28AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Noted thanks

5:03AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I think the one about the linguist is great, but the others are possibly slightly too niched for a child lol!

4:20AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014


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