Fun Ways to Nurture Baby's Language Development

The perfect books and baby music to enjoy with your little one as he listens and learns.

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Look Look Outside

Look Look Outside (Dial) by Peter Linenthal
Cars zoom, ladybugs fly, wind blows and the sun shines in this sturdy and stylish board book. Baby's eyes will love the striking black-and-white images; parents will love the nature theme and simple story. ($7, amazon.com)

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Huggy Kissy

Huggy Kissy (Candlewick Press) by Leslie Patricelli
Mom, dad and the whole family make cameos as the adorable baby gives and gets affection in this sweet story that invites interaction (and plenty of "huggies" and "kissies"). ($7, amazon.com)

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Up Close

Up Close (Abrams Appleseed) by Gay Wegerif
Full of visual surprises and anticipation, colorful shapes go from simple circles and squares to lively frogs and lions that "roar!" in this pageturning read. ($10, amazon.com)

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You Mean the World to Me

You Mean the World to Me (Cartwheel Books) by Bayne Gibby, pictures by David Walker
With rhyming verse and sweet illustrations, this ode to a mother's love for her child is filled with tug-at-your-heartstrings scenes that celebrate the baby-parent bond. ($9, amazon.com)

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Ooh Odd Zoo

Ooh Odd Zoo, 25 Unusual Animals and 1 Ordinary Larva (Plainfield Press) by Jeff Willliams; illustrations by Sonny Han
These playful poems and drawings are a perfect read-aloud stroll through the animal world and the alphabet. You'll enjoy the word play, humor and fun animal facts while baby listens to the musicality of the language. ($5.65 at amazon.com)

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Hootenanny

Hootenanny by Jambo
Rootin'-tootin' toe-tappin' music that harkens back to the roots of American rock and blues, this 14-song collection delivers a positive message and promotes imagination. A must-have for road trips! ($15, amazon.com)

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Good Morning My Love

Good Morning My Love by Vered
Both stimulating and soothing, this baby-bonding tool was created by a musician, mom and music therapist. The collection of sweet rhythms works for playtime or bath time. ($17, amazon.com)

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I Found You!

I Found You! by Caspar Babypants
An undisputed kid hit, this is the sixth Babypants installment for singer-songwriter Chris Ballew. Comic and carefree, the instantly familiar rhythms and imaginative lyrics are dangerously catchy. ($14, amazon.com)

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Lullabye Renditions of Prince

Lullaby Renditions of Prince by Rockabye Baby!
Imagine "Raspberry Beret" with xylophones and "When Doves Cry" with bells. This playful version of Prince classics inspires clapping, dancing and bedtime soothing. ($16, amazon.com)

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