Everyone, welcome! Kathy: My name is Kathryn. I have a sister who is named Lise. I am so excited to be a new contributor to MomLovesBaking. It’s a beautiful day in Northern California, where I live with my husband and our 6-month-old daughter (pictured above). In my free time, I like to write about my family, homemaking, and personal growth. My first article for you is a list of my favorite books for kids right now.
It’s so important to read to kids. For language development, it can help little ones understand big ideas, and it’s a great way to bond with your child.
At this point, they won’t understand much. At this point, it’s about teaching your child about books, letting them hear a lot of different words, and having fun together.
Having a good time while reading the book is important, too, because you will likely read this book enough times to be able to remember it. So, you want it to be fun, right? (As a side note, reading books again is the best way for kids to improve their understanding.)
This is another reason why even the smallest babies will be able to tell when your mood changes. if you don’t enjoy the book, he will, too. And that could change how he feels about reading in the future. Try to figure out how to enjoy your time together.
Look for short length, sing-song sounds, and how much fun both you and your baby will have with the book.
One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five, Fish!
My baby likes to read with us, but he doesn’t always pay attention for long. Sometimes, he just wants to pick up the book and chew on it. That’s fine, though. In the beginning, he doesn’t understand what books are, so I’m happy that some of his favorite toys are books.
Having books that aren’t too long is nice, though. It’s a good idea to read Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Four Fish, and Five Fish. We can read through the book quickly, and he can go about his business of eating all the things that he likes to.
I love how the fish look so bright against the white background in this book, even though it’s only a few pages. When he started reading this book, he was already grabbing at the pages early on.
When he started to get teeth, the plastic fish on top of the board book were a great texture for his sore gums because they were rough. Add some cute rhymes, and you have one of the best books for babies.
The Pout-Pout Fish
Another thing that keeps my baby’s attention is rhyming, fun sounds, and a fun rhythm. The Pout-Pout Fish has all of these and more, as well.
During the story, a pout-pout fish who is always angry thinks that’s just the way he is. It doesn’t work until a pretty fish comes along and smooches him. That makes him happy as can be.
When I say “Blub!,” my baby looks at me with wide-eyed stares (a noise the pout-pout fish is fond of). In general, it’s a good book for young kids, even though it is a little long.
The sounds in Dinosaur Dance! are very good, just like Pout-Pout Fish! In the book, it talks about different types of dinosaurs and the dances they do. This is what I thought: I loved all of the alliteration and the onomatopoeias. My baby also liked when I showed him how to dance. A good book for boys, but it’s also fun for kids.
The Real Mother Goose
Enjoyed the Real Mother Goose poems when I was young. My child likes them, too. Each story in the book has a unique rhythm and a lot of different words. So I can just read one or two rhymes, and then let the baby nibble on the edges when he’s ready. There are also a lot of great things about passing down old family stories.
My First Peek-A-Boo Animals
There are a lot of Peek-a-Boo books out there, and we’ve checked out a few of them. They are great books for your baby to start with because they are fun for them to play with. You read about a different animal on each page, and then there’s a flap that covers it on the next page. Then you peek-a-boo to see what the animal is. It’s clear that a newborn can’t figure out what animal it is yet. He doesn’t even know what animals are yet. But you can go through the sequence with him.
Start by reading the description. Then, after paraphrasing what you read, ask your baby what he thinks about it. Give him a moment to answer, then tell him the answer.
“It says that this animal has yellow fur and stripes.” “What could it be? I don’t know.” It could be a tiger. Is that what you think? Let’s see what we can do. Peek-a-boo! “It’s a tiger!” Isn’t it weird to ask your baby about things he doesn’t know? It is through conversations like this that your baby learns how to talk.
Those are my top five picks for board books for babies. I hope this helped you. What are some of your favorite books for babies?
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Moo, Baa, La La La!
An animal story is in this book. It talks about farm animals and the different sounds that they make. Then, in the middle of all these farm animals, a pig says “la la la.” In an interesting way, this keeps both parents and kids interested in what is going on. With different sounds, babies are drawn to the book again and again. The more they hear sounds, the better their listening skills become and the more they learn that sounds are fun.