50 Best Books for Babies

The Read to Me Program has launched a new resource, the Read to Me 50 Best Books for Babies!

New 50 best file for web

“When introducing books to babies, the key is to choose the right books for the right time”, says the program’s director, Carol McDougall, “We are often asked by parents for guidance on selecting the best books to read to babies, and we felt that a list of titles specifically geared to babies would be a useful and welcome resource.”

The books on the list were chosen by Read to Me with assistance from a group of Nova Scotia children’s librarians. The selected books contain strong rhythm and rhyme to help build vocabulary, feature bright colours and bold images for visual stimulation and help nurture bonding and attachment by encouraging playful interaction between parent and child.

You can download a free copy of the poster, along with a check list of titles, here.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library has purchased sets of the 50 Best Books for Babies for every library system in the province. Says McDougall, “We are so grateful for the support from the Provincial Library, which will help get these great books into the hands of families across Nova Scotia.”



Contact Information

Phone: (902) 470-6487 or (902) 470-7763
Email: readtome@iwk.nshealth.ca
IWK Health Centre 
5850/5980 University Avenue 
PO Box 9700
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Fax: (902) 470-8785


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