Try a new language or an old favorite
“The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
I absolutely love the language and Milne’s brilliant narration in the “Winnie-the-Pooh” books. The stories are so wonderful, you will enjoy reading them as much as your baby will enjoy hearing the sounds.
“The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred” by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López
This bilingual book will introduce the sounds of both English and Spanish as you read wonderful prose about a community of farmworkers and animals who gather the ingredients to make a rice pudding. The rhythm and sounds in this book are perfectly executed. As a bonus, you can make the recipe at the end and enjoy a wholesome dessert!
“Si le das una galletita a un ratón” by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Sure, you could read the English version of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” but this delightful translation is easy to read with even minimal high school Spanish to your credit — what a fun way to introduce your child to the sounds of a different language. If Spanish is not your thing, find this same title or another favorite in any other language to which you want to introduce your child.