Babies Reading About Babies

At 15 months old, my son is just starting to love books and all the experiences that go with them (browsing, choosing, sitting still, looking at the pictures, turning the pages, etc.). He has begun showing a clear preference for books with photos - especially photos of other babies! Here are our favorites, some of which we've bought and some we keep renewing from the library. 

These basics show a nice variety of features and expressions. From left to right: My Face Book, Baby Faces, and Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces

These basics show a nice variety of features and expressions. From left to right: My Face Book, Baby Faces, and Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces

These beautiful photographs are paired with simple, poetic text that expresses just how precious babies are. Clockwise from top left: Global Babies, Global Baby Boys, Global Baby Bedtimes, and Global Baby Girls

These beautiful photographs are paired with simple, poetic text that expresses just how precious babies are. Clockwise from top left: Global Babies, Global Baby Boys, Global Baby Bedtimes, and Global Baby Girls

Growing, moving, and teething... pretty much the human experience for a baby or young toddler. Read more about the Milestones Project here and buy the books here.)

Growing, moving, and teething... pretty much the human experience for a baby or young toddler. Read more about the Milestones Project here and buy the books here.)

I like to think of this genre as non-fiction for the youngest members of society. Books like these show real people and experiences (which, according to a few sources, is what young children prefer anyway!), offer a fantastic opportunity to teach meaningful vocabulary, and foster a sense of human connection across all kinds of cultures. If you have a baby or toddler who is just starting to look at books, consider offering some with real photos.