Reading books is a lovely way to bond with your child. Babies love hearing their parent’s voice so spend some time reading to them. Here are eight of our favourite books for babies. If you can, get the board book varieties of these books. The board books are much more durable and able to withstand the drool, chews and spews of a baby reader.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
With its rhyming text, this book written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is a delight to read to a baby. The illustrations are beautiful featuring babies from different lands. My favourite passage in the book is the last. “But the next baby born was truly divine, a sweet little child who was mine, all mine. And this little baby as every knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes and three little kisses on the tip of its nose.”
That’s Not My…Books
Babies will have lots of fun playing “touch and feel” with the tactile patches in these board books. There’s a huge variety of titles to suit every baby including That’s Not My Teddy, That’s Not My Truck, That’s Not My Dolly and That’s Not My Meerkat! The book series by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells can be found at many bookshops.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This classic tale written by Eric Carle is a treat to read out loud to little ones. The bright colours of the illustrations, the flaps of the pages and the holes in the fruit keep babies interested in following the adventures of this caterpillar with an appetite.
This lovely lift-the-flap book by Rod Campbell is another classic book for babies. It tells the story of a child writing to the zoo requesting an animal but the zoo keeps sending completely unsuitable animals. The hidden animals under the flaps will keep little ones interested in the book.
“Hello baby, who are you? Are you an eagle exploring the skies? Perhaps you’re a gecko with rolling eyes. Are you a lion with dust on its paws? Perhaps you’re a hippo with yawning jaws.” This book written by Mem Fox features beautiful illustrations of animals by Steve Jenkins set to an easy to read rhyme. It’s a wonderful book to read to your baby animal.
Any book in the Spot series is perfect for babies. The bright pictures of Spot the Puppy and simple text about his adventures will keep your child amused. It’s amusing how patient his mum Sally is with all his mischievous antics. There’s a whole range of Spot books written by Eric Hill so stock up.
Where is the Green Sheep?
Warning: Don’t buy this Mem Fox book unless you are prepared to read it over and over again. This book is a firm favourite with children so be ready to search repeatedly for that green sheep. On the plus side, the entertaining illustrations by Judy Horacek make it fun to read. Our favorite sheep is the clown sheep.
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt
This is an outlandish yet enjoyable story about a dad who takes his four kids and a dog out on a bear hunt. It features repetitive text and detailed illustrations, which alternate between black and white and colour between pages. There’s no mention of a mum which we love. We like to imagine she’s off having a day to herself. Great book by by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
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