Animal books are great because they encourage speech and language development and babies love them! As you read animal books to baby, you can model animal names and sounds and leave space for baby to try to imitate. You can also show baby how to move like a certain animal as you make the animal’s sound. Make it fun and silly!
As your baby gets older, they will likely start to imitate these sounds. Animal noises (also called onomatopoeias) are great for practicing early developing speech sounds (“m” in “moo, meow” “b” in “baa,” “n” in “neigh”) in a natural and fun way.
Check out this blog post with our favorite animal books!