When you discover you have a baby on the way, pick up these wonderful books to practice your read-aloud skills, get acquainted with the wonderful world of kid-lit, and give yourself the much-needed time to unwind.
Books to read when you know a baby is on the way:
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
A heart-melting book that is sure to make you and your partner take turns to read to your belly. Read it aloud and visualize your baby in your arms. Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare will definitely become your go-to bedtime characters even when the baby arrives.
Love Like That
by Richa Jha
You are soon going to be a parent and your life will revolve around your little pod pretty much all the time. No matter what, you will always love your baby the most in the world. This adventurous journey around the world is sure to leave you nodding your head in agreement each time Mamma Kanga tells Baby Kroo, ‘I may not love you like that, but I love you the most in this world.’
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by Dr. Seuss
If you have never read a book by Dr. Seuss then this is probably the right time to do it. This book is a sweet and simple book with lots of quirky stuff on love in a typical Seussian way. As you discover the huge and amazing world of Dr. Seuss, you will be able to find many of his well-loved characters captured beautifully in this book.
by Peter H Reynolds
Every child is unique and special and this is the right time to let your soon to arrive baby know that no matter what others think, there is only one copy of YOU – so – Be You! This inspiring read will also help you love yourself a little bit more.
Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch
A book that always brings a lump in my throat, this one is a must-have for every home. This journey you are on is going to get even more beautiful once the baby arrives but it will also be a difficult one. Being a parent is like watching a piece of your heart out and about. It may appear daunting at first but it is also most rewarding! Love you Forever will remind you that life is always a full circle.
Read these books aloud, visualize your baby in your arms, admire the gorgeous illustrations, and most of all get ready to give your baby the love for books and reading.