One of our favorite activities is to go to the library or book store to check out books we don’t have already. My daughter loves books. I don’t go anywhere without bringing one because she is so entertained by them. I wanted to share some of our favorites. Also, I chose board books only because with infants and toddlers who don’t know any better, the first thing they want to do is rip out pages. I have lost too many books this way and keep only board books in arms reach.For the ones I chose below I tried to share the ones that you don’t always hear about when you are expecting. I always knew of Dr. Seuss, Goodnight books, and I Love You Forever, but it wasn’t until my daughter was around 6 months old did I find a whole new realm of books that we adored. I hope you enjoy them and them out!
1. Madeline: Most mama’s grew up watching the cute little french girl Madeline, so if you have a little lady yourself, this is a must to add to your collection.
2. Animals (Baby Touch and Feel): These books are very affordable and provide lots of different series to keep your child entertained. The touch and feel parts always keep baby entertained.
3. Peekaboo Sophie!: For those who love Sophie le giraffe, this ‘open the flap’ book is a must! Such a cute and colorful book with sturdy pages and lifts that won’t tear easily when baby lifts up the flaps.
4. Olivia: Such a sweet series of books about a little girl pig. She has lots of lessons which is I like as well. I like the Olivia series also because the colors used mostly are black, white, and red which is great for reading to a small infant, yet still keeps the attention of a toddler.
5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: This is a fun one! You can almost sing the words to your little one. The rhyming is fun and the storyline is also really cute! I remember this one from when I was a kid, so I always love keeping those in our home, too!
6. Barnyard Dance!: Another really fun one! I actually do sing this one to my daughter. We also bought the chicken stuffed animal to go with this book because it is fun to have him interact with her while were reading the story. This is our favorite pick!
7. First 100 Words: I love the concept of this book, and my daughter loves the bright colors of the book. It is really nice to have a small book to carry around in the diaper bag that also serves an educational purpose. There are so many things that my 16 month old is learning, and I love the idea that I can show and point to things in this book that she may not necessarily see everyday. Lately, all she asks is “What’s this” and points, so this book has been my go-to for those moments.
8. Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book: This book brings so many giggles to bedtime. The finger puppet is so fun to tickle and I love to make the bunny interact during story time. There are also many other animals in this series you can choose to suit your child’s theme or gender.
9. I Ruff You: I really love all of the books from this author. The ears of each animal are on the top of the book which is stimulating to baby. The colors are sweet and soft just like the story. This book always has a long attention span with my daughter.
10. Alice in Wonderland or Jungle Book: Beautiful books! The art and modern look to them are just pretty to look at. I love some of the other classics this author has like Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet. Love the classics, and always want to keep those on the shelves as my daughter grows.
And there are 10 books that we LOVE! What are some of your favorites that I may not have mentioned? We are always looking for recommendations!