The best children's books to stimulate development

Who am I?

I am the co-author and CEO of The Wonder Weeks. I advise various global players in the field of babies and I'm a sought-after speaker at fairs and in daily exchange with mothers and fathers. With all this knowledge I know the needs of parents and their children like no other, with my books and apps I stand for power to the parents! 


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The Wonder Weeks: A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby's Behavior

By Hetty Van de Rijt, Frans X. Plooij, Xaviera Plooij

Book cover of The Wonder Weeks: A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby's Behavior

What is my book about?

The Wonder Weeks describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible development changes and regression periods that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps.

The book is based on the scientific- and parental-world-changing discovery of a phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be fussier at very nearly the same ages, regression periods, and sleep less in these phases.

The books I picked & why

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Visual Quiet Book: Shapes & Color

By Beiens,

Book cover of Visual Quiet Book: Shapes & Color

Why this book?

High contrast baby books help babies to stimulate development, in the first months a baby develops sensations and patterns, so it is very helpful and good for the baby to discover colors and feel various materials like soft polyester. The book is strong stitching and absolutely safe for babies.


I Love You to the Moon and Back

By Amelia Hepworth, Tim Warnes (illustrator),

Book cover of I Love You to the Moon and Back

Why this book?

It’s never enough to show love to your children. Telling love stories to your little one is very important. This book shows the love between a bear and a cub, who are together every single day. They show their love for each other in many ways. The illustration and story of this adorable book make the bear and cub so real and came right into my heart. For me, it is one of the best real love stories, love in a way how it means to be.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle,

Book cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Why this book?

This one of the most classic picture books teaches counting the days of the week in a real child friendly and funny way as the hungry caterpillar is eating his way through the pages. A very educational and attractive way to learn for children. In so many years, I have read this to so many children and always the hungry Caterpillar shows a smile on my and the children's faces while he is eating his way through the pages of the book.


Duck and Friends: A Soft and Fuzzy Book Just for Baby!

By Kenny E. Rettore,

Book cover of Duck and Friends: A Soft and Fuzzy Book Just for Baby!

Why this book?

This adorable book about a cheerful duck with a touch of the pages produces an irresistible crinkling sound and a shake reveals gentle rattling. Because of the fabric tabs extending from each page and the soft, fuzzy cover and cloth pages provides a big stimulation for baby fingers and senses.


Miffy's Birthday

By Dick Bruna,

Book cover of Miffy's Birthday

Why this book?

As a Dutch co-author, I highly recommend the books of Miffy, the very known rabbit in the Netherlands and worldwide, who shares his experiences in colourful, child friendly and short books. This copy is about celebrating birthdays. I love the good colorful illustrations and the imagination of Miffy. For children, this is the perfect combination, as a child loves birthdays, presents and especially from grandparents.


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