How to Choose the Best Books For Babies from Aged 0 to 2 Years?
Some of the benefits of reading to babies are as follows:
- Babies love to sit with you and hear your voice. Make eye contact with them as your reading. It is the start of a really precious time which all parent should appreciate with their babies and children. I love storytime at bedtime, reading with your child can be magical - really enjoy this time.
- Reading is the start of learning vocabulary. They will begin to understand words that you repeat when you tell stories again and again. It won't be long until they are pointing to the book and pointing out things to you.
- Reading helps you learn about the world. Start the habit of a lifelong love of books to help your child learn at nursery, school and beyond.
- So, read on for lots of ideas of the kinds of books to read to your baby.
Books for Young Babies (0 to 6 Months)
Young babies love books with contrasting colors and bold patterns. They also like pictures of faces and you will quite often see books for young babies with mirrors in them so they can see they're own reflection.
As they get towards 3 and 4 months, they will love cloth and fabric books which babies can put in their mouths and touch and feel with their hands. They will love books with different textures and fabrics they can feel. There are books with squeakers and mirrors too.
Some great books for this age include:
Look Look By Peter Linenthal
Lamaze Cloth Book, Peek-A-Boo Forest (featured)
Hello, Bugs! (Black and White Sparklers)
Baby, Boo! (Amazing Baby) by Beth Harwood
Books for Babies (6 Months Plus)
Are they visual and colorful? Can you touch and feel different textures? Are there sounds to listen out for? Are there sturdy flaps to lift and look behind?
Another thing to consider is how both parents and children interact with the book especially as babies get older.
Are there body parts to learn? Can you play peek-a-boo? Can parents make different voices and sounds when reading the books? Are they fun? Will they make baby giggle and laugh?
Soft Books for Babies
- Babies can feel them, touch them and chew on them. Books should be about discovery and being comfortable to feel and touch books is good. Soft books are normally bright and colorful so attract babies attention and help with shape, color and picture recognition. You can quite often hang them onto car seats and strollers too.
Touch and Feel Books
I have read quite a few touch and feel books to my boys and I talk about what he's touching as well as reading the book.
My sons loved touch and feel books at around age 1 year old and I think they are popular with many babies of the same age. 1 year olds love feeling the textures of different materials fulfilling their natural instinct to touch and explore everything.
Touch and feel books are also really good for teaching babies and toddlers about the world around them. They need to touch something "bumpy" or "soft" to fully understand the meaning of the word. They won't be able to understand these words without touch so these kind of books are really useful for teaching such concepts.
Peek a boo Farm (Touch and Feel Action Flap book) by DK Publishing
Millie Moo Touch and Feel Picture Book by Roger Priddy
Wild Animals (Touch and Feel) by DK Publishing
Curious George at the Zoo: A Touch and Feel Book by H.A Rey
Peek a boo!
My baby loves the books with holes, sometimes we play a game where my finger pokes out the hole from behind the page in the book and he find this hilarious.
Peek a Boo Books
Peek a Who by Nina Laden (see opposite)
A summary - Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what's peeking through the die-cut windows in these two fun board books. The anticipation of what's hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep youngsters guessing and giggling all the way to the suprise endings.
More Peek a Who Books:
Grow Up by Nina Laden
Peek a Baby by Karen Katz
Peek a Boo - I Love You - by Sandra Magsamen
Lift the Flap Books
Also I've learned from experience, never leave alone a baby or a toddler with a lift the flap books as their game will become rip off the flaps!
Some ideas of lift the flap books include:
Where is Baby's Belly Button By Karen Katz
This book has big flaps so is perfect for younger children and my 1 year old son enjoys looking at it.
Each page has a question such as "Where's baby's belly button?" and an answer such as "under her shirt".
You then lift the flap to find baby's belly button. It's great for teaching body parts and other vocabulary.
My baby enjoys flipping the pages of the board book and helping me lift the flaps too.
More Lift the Flap Books
Dear Zoo - A lift the flap book by Rod Campbell
Open the Barn Door - A Chunky Book
Where's Spot (original lift the flap) by Eric Hill
It's also means no matter how busy each day is, we have some quality one on one time scheduled at the end of it.
When looking for a bedtime story, I would really recommend looking for one with soothing rhymes and pictures as these really help calm your child.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
I love reading this book - it even makes me feel sleep as they rock and rock and rock to sleep at the end.
Spot Says Goodnight by Eric Hill
Big Enough for Bed ( by Apple Jordan (for when the move from a crib to a big kid bed)
It's Time To Sleep My Love by Nancy Tillman
Books for 1 to 2 Year Olds
Look for books with big visual images to attract and hold babies attention.
At first, look for bookt where the text is repetitive. Patterns of the same words are good as babies will be able to recognize the words after reading it a few times
I've found with my 1 year old, it's a good idea to emphasis some words (saying it in a louder voice or using different tones or volume for different phrases). This attracts and holds his attention.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear - What do you see? by Eric Carle
Moo Ba La La La by Sandra Boynton
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr
First Story Books
It may be wise just to look at the pictures first and point out things to get baby interested in the book so they are more likely to read the story.
Classics are often the best 1st story books to start of with as you know they have been popular and tested with generations before.
If they aren't interested in a story book straightaway put it away for a couple of months and soon they will be.
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I started reading my eldest son The Hunger Caterpillar at around 18 months. Now he's 3 and he still loves this book. A definite favorite.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author)
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Finger Puppet Books
Little Duck: Finger Puppet Book by Chronicle Books
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Finger Puppet Book - a counting book with a caterpillar finger puppet
Sounds on the Go by Gail Donovan