It’s never too early to share books and read with your child! Infants love to explore books, look at the pictures, and hear you share the story. Are you unsure about what types of books would be good to read to your infant or toddler? Here are a few ideas:
For Babies 0-6 Months
Books with simple, large pictures or designs with bright colors.
Cloth and soft vinyl books with simple pictures of people or familiar objects that can go in the bath or get washed.
Example: Baby’s First Book By Fiona Watt
For Babies 6-12 Months
Board books with photos of other babies and books with photos of familiar
objects like balls and bottles.
Small plastic photo albums of family and friends.
Example: Baby Faces A Book of Happy, Silly, Funny Faces By Kate Merritt. This book is also a part of the “Indestructables™” brand. They are water-proof, tear-resistant, and baby-durable, making them the perfect books for babies who "read" with their little hands and mouths. You can check out their website at http://www.indestructiblesinc.com
For Young Toddlers 12-24 Months
Sturdy board books that they can carry.
Books with photos of children doing familiar things like sleeping or playing.
Goodnight books for bed time.
Books with only a few words on each page and brightly colored, engaging illustrations.
Books with simple rhymes or predictable text, touch-and-feel books, and animal books of all shapes and sizes.
Example: The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
For Older Toddlers 24-36 Months
Books that tell simple stories, possibly with simple rhymes that they can memorize.
Bed time books.
Books about counting, the alphabet, shapes or sizes, and books with humorous pictures and words.
Animal books, vehicle books, books about playtime, including pop-up books, pull-the-tab books, and touch-and-feel books.
Example: Chicka Chicka ABC By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Don’t get discouraged if you can’t make it through the entire story. As you continue to share books with your child, they will be able to sit longer and enjoy more of the book!