Why These Books?

The following books have been carefully selected by the Nemours BrightStart! early literacy specialists based on a number of characteristics such as:

  • appropriateness for the age level
  • quality of literature and appealing illustrations
  • variety in genre
  • appeal of the story or subject matter
  • selection of well-known and less-known authors
  • literary awards earned, such as the Caldecott Award

These books provide opportunities to teach children the four skills shown to predict reading success:

Keep your child excited about reading by checking back for new book lists and trying the suggested activities with other books your child enjoys.


October's Featured Books

Counting Crocodiles

3-Year-Olds ConceptStorybooks

How far will a monkey and his friends go to get some bananas from an island across the sea? Read this book to find out! Your child will enjoy the adventures of this brave and clever monkey while exploring counting, problem solving and other early literacy concepts.

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Beddy-bye, Baby

Birth to 5 Months ConceptPredictable Text

A relaxing routine for baby makes bedtime an enjoyable and peaceful time for the entire family. You might begin a bedtime routine for your little one with a warm bath and massage. Follow up by reading Beddy-bye, Baby and letting your child explore the touch-and-feel pages.

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Fuzzy Bee and Friends

Birth to 5 Months ConceptPredictable Text

This soft, brightly colored rhyming book is perfect for young eyes and little hands to explore. As you turn the crinkling pages, the book’s images allow for visual, auditory and tactile sensory experiences that you and your baby can enjoy together.

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Hello Baby!

6 to 11 Months

After meeting a number of baby animals—including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub—the baby discovers the most precious creature of all . . . herself, of course!

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Moo, Baa, La La La!

6 to 11 Months Concept

Moo, Baa, La La La is a board book that sparkles with whimsical illustrations and catchy rhyme. Beware, though -- it will have parents and children alike oinking, mooing, and baaing in no time.

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12 to 17 Months Concept

This colorful board book is just right for little hands. Your baby will love turning the sturdy pages as she listens to and learns the …

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Early Bird

18 to 23 Months Storybooks

This simple and engaging story shows Early Bird’s journey as she wakes up and sets out on an adventure. Packed with vivid illustrations and lots of descriptive, action and directional words, this book will expose your toddler to new words and concepts.

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