Our top tips for reading with babies, plus favorite board books for babies. A must-read for new parents!
It’s never too early to introduce a baby to books! Seven-month-old Anna has a basket of board books at our house, and she LOVES them!
Tips for Reading with Babies
Here are a few things I’ve learned about reading with babies:
Babyhood is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be appreciated as a comedian. Every baby I know adores it when parents attempt silly voices and sound effects. Make the most of it while it lasts! Exaggerated voices may also help babies understand emotions and story plots.
Pick books your child enjoys.
Some kids adore poetry, while others prefer prose. Still others will spend hours looking at I Spy books. If your child has trouble sitting through a book, try books with little or no text. What Do We Do All Day? has a list of fifteen wordless picture books to get you started!
Pick books you will enjoy reading.
There are some very creative children’s picture book authors! I’ve recommended a few below that we enjoy, but if they aren’t your style keep looking – I’m sure you will find something!
Respect their personality.
Some babies love for you to sit and read with them. Some would rather look at pictures and flip through pages out of order. My now-five-year-old would sit and listen to stories for hours. My now-seven-year-old was a page flipper – but she sure loves reading books now! She sometimes reads chapter books that way, but mostly reads them sequentially. There are lots of different ways to read a book!
Keep books accessible.
I love board books as a way of keeping books accessible to even small babies without having to worry about ripped pages. Board books do eventually wear out, and if you look closely at the photo for this post you’ll see that some of ours are showing quite a bit of wear and tear!
Listen to recorded books while you play with your baby.
It’s one of my favorite ways to build that 100th block tower!
Favorite Board Books for Babies
Here are some of our favorite board books – fun for babies, toddlers, and parents! Links are Amazon affiliate links.
- Blue Hat, Green Hat We adore all of Sandra Boynton’s books, but this is probably our favorite.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This is a classic that my younger siblings loved, and every single one of my children has loved as well.
- Goodnight Moon I never read this book until I was a parent, and at first I was skeptical. But I’ve become increasingly attached to it over the years, and it really does sooth my kids and get them ready to fall asleep at night.
- Owl Babies I really enjoy Martin Waddell’s books, and the three little owls in this book are wonderful! I’m partial to the UK English version, but haven’t worked out how to buy that in the US.
- That’s Not My Monster… It’s Nose Is Too Bobbly (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books) We have enjoyed all of the books in this series; I am especially attached to the monster version, and the dragon one is probably my second-favorite.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar A must-own classic. Definitely get the board book version so kids can stick their fingers in the holes the caterpillar leaves without ripping the pages!
- Press Here Technically it’s not a board book, but the pages are pretty sturdy. And I consider it a must-own for parents of babies and toddlers!
What are your favorite board books for babies? Do you have tips for reading with babies that I’ve missed?