5 beautiful books to read to a newborn and especially a preemie

5 beautiful books to read to a newborn and especially a preemie

One of the things we loved doing early on in Amy’s life was to read to her in NICU. Often just through the door of her incubator, I felt it was a nice way for Amy to get to know our voices and hopefully brought her some comfort. It really helped with the bonding process and seemed like a more ‘homely’ thing to do amidst the intensity of the intensive care environment.

Amy was lucky to receive many beautiful books as gifts from our very thoughtful friends & family. There are some we feel had particular resonance for a small baby and especially a tiny preemie. Here they are;

1. All In A Day 
By Cynthia Rylant
A beautiful book about making each day count. It seemed so fitting on this journey when its best to take things one step at a time and appreciate each day. As Amy became more alert, the imagery in this book really appealed to her as it’s very simple, bold and predominantly black, white & yellow.
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2. When I Am Big 
By Penny Johnson & Kirsten Irving
A Jellycat book about a little bunny who just cannot wait to grow up. You can also get soft toys of the bunnies that feature in the book. I got a little one for Amy and a larger one for her big sister.
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3. My Little Star
By Mark Sperring  & Nicola O’Byrne
This is all about the love and pride a mum or dad feels for their “little stars”.
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4. On The Night You Were Born
By Nancy Tillman
Our absolute favourite, this book celebrates the miracle that is every single baby born and the mark they make in the world: “life will never be the same”.
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5. I’d Know You Anywhere 
By Nancy Tillman
From the same author as ‘On the night you were born’ this is another beautiful story that is all about how well a parent will know and love their little one, no matter what they choose to be in life.
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You can find more tips on things to do when your baby is in hospital in the NICU survival guide 
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