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Babies Love Books

Summer reading is for everyone, even babies! 


This page has rhymes, songs, and stories that you can share with your baby this summer.

Rhyming and singing with babies is a great way to bond, and to help them learn all about the sounds that make up words. 

Reading a book with a baby is all about getting cozy, snuggling, and spending quality time with them. Don't worry if they aren't interested in the pictures or the story, right now it's all about introducing them to the concept of a book and they love listening to the sound of your voice no matter what you're reading. 


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Find more fun rhymes and songs in these downloadable booklets from the Winnipeg Public Library

Early Literacy Info Guide

Providing information and programs to support early literacy is a priority of Winnipeg Public Library. Whether we are connecting you with current research about early literacy or designing and offering free Early Literacy Programs to support early literacy skills, we work to provide you and the children you care for services that are relevant, effective and fun.

We have so much great information to share about this topic that we have a dedicated Early Literacy Info Guide.

Sing Along with 'Apples and Bananas' on TumbleBooks. Click the picture below to watch the video.

Sing 'You Are My Sunshine' with Stephen from Sir William Stephenson Library

Sensory Play with Babies

Babies learn by exploring the world around them. Letting babies safely experience new textures, shapes, and objects helps them develop early literacy skills. Try offering your baby different types of fabric to touch. You can talk to your baby about what they are feeling and the different sensations they get from the fabrics. Babies love to hear your voice, hearing new words helps support your babies language development. 

Rhyme Time with Tegan: Rain is Falling Down

Early Literacy Activities for Babies

Felt Board Fun with Ginny: Counting Bears

Great eBooks to read to a baby, available on Overdrive

You Are My Baby: Garden by Lorena Siminovich
Little You / Kîya-K'apisîsisîyân by Richard Van Camp
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Salina Yoon
Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy E. Snyder
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp
Star Baby by Margaret O'Hair
Crabby Crab Thingy Things, Book 2  by Chris Raschka
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Request these board books from the Library Catalogue

Our rainbow
My little garden by Katrin Wiehle
Owls & loons : Inuit art from Cape Dorset by Zoe Burke
Hello humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers
ABC : early learning at the Museum The British Museum
A little book about colors by Leo Lionni
Summer babies by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith
Baby play by Skye Silver
Loving kindness : happy feelings for little ones by Stewart Whitney
Jane Foster's summertime