What better way to introduce a love of reading at an early age? I have assembled a growing list of books that my girls loved as babies. These are the books that they sat (relatively) still for. They are also the same books that as soon as my girls could move they were dragging them over to me to read! Nothing warms this reading-loving momma’s heart than seeing my babies loving to read too.
The list of books below are in no particular order.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – A classic. You can never go wrong with Goodnight, moon. When Cakey was a bit younger she used to say “Moon, ‘yo! Moon, ‘ye!” So sweet!
Baby Einstein: Mirror Me!, Baby Einstein Violet’s House (A Touch-and-feel Book), and Baby Einstein: Touch and Feel Farm Animals (A Touch-and-feel Book) – I am not a big fan of the Baby Einstein series but these three books my girls loved.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright and Early Board Books) by Dr. Seuss, andAre You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) by P.D. Eastman – Dr. Seuss and friends can be complicated for wee ones but these condensed versions of some classics are perfect for them. My girls learned numerous words and sounds from these three books alone.
Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants by J.D. Lester – Such a sweet, silly book. The girls loved the different animals. And once the girls were mobile I was very tempted to call them monkeypants too!
My Big Animal Book (My Big Board Books) by Priddy Books – My girls loved this book so much we actually had to get a second copy because the first would no longer stay together.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – Another sweet, classic story. I had never read this book but immediately fell in love with it. I enjoyed each and every time one of the girls brought it over for me to read (and I still do)!
Chicka Chicka ABC (Chicka Chicka Book, A) by Bill Martin & John Archambault; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle; The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Like the Dr. Seuss books, these are a bit more complicated for babies. However, babies love the rhythm and rhymes in these books. Plus, the bright colors provide a fun learning opportunity.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books) by Michael Rosen – Another fun rhythm book. And as an added bonus when the baby is older you can set up your own bear hunt!
Bright Baby Touch & Feel Slipcase: On the Farm, Baby Animals, At the Zoo and Perfect Pets (Bright Baby Touch and Feel) by Priddy Books – Very simple books but I loved the realistic pictures. The girls loved feeling the pictures too. I often found both the girls sitting and looking at these books alone as soon as they could crawl.
Our family’s list of 17 current favorite board books for babies 0-12 months. What board books did/does your babies love? Share your recommendations with us.
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