I thought I’d do something a little different over the next few weeks. With Christmas coming up, I thought I’d start to list some of my favorite books by age category in case you feel like buying a book for a loved one this season. 🙂
Today I start with babies. Babies are sometimes hard to find good books for, because what really holds a baby’s attention? I’ll list some of my favorites, but if you have a different opinion, certainly list them!
Pat the Bunny by Edith Kunhardt Davis: This is my all time favorite book for babies. It has to be one of the oldest books still in print, but there’s a reason for that. This book is full of sensory activity and simple words that babies love. Who doesn’t want to smell the soapy flours with Paul and Judy or touch daddy’ scratchy face? Classic.
Toes, Ears and Nose by Marion Dane Bauer: This is your basic lift-the-flap book, but for some reason my little girl loved this book more than most. She loved lifting the flaps and identifying the body parts of the babies. The only qualm I have with this book is that the flaps are rather fragile and can tear easily.
Perfect Pets by Roger Priddy (no relation): Honestly, I like most of the books for babies by Priddy Books. But this one was a baby favorite. In this tiny book, small enough for babies to hold on their own, there is a series of pets to touch. There is a fluffy dog, a scaly fish, a cat, and a rabbit. There are also some cute words but my baby much preferred to touch the animals rather than hear the words.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: Somehow this lady knew what babies and young kids want to hear. The Runaway Bunny is about a little bunny who talks about running away from his mother but the mother always says she will run after him. Babies will not really understand the plot, but most of them will enjoy looking at pictures. This is a book the baby can enjoy for several years as she ages.
The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn: This is a book based on real photographs used as the pictures. It chronicles the story of a little girl who gets an easter rabbit and how it grows. The story is really too complicated even for toddlers, but my baby girl loved the real photograph pictures. This is another story that can grow with your baby.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen: This story is longer than most books for babies but the repetition is ideal. In this story a dad and several small children decide to go hunt for bears. Why? I don’t know. But anyway, they travel through different terrain types just like the old rhyme. Eventually they find a bear and must hurry back home before the bear eats them. For some reason this terror at the end appeals to babies and toddlers.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: Babies won’t really get this story, but I love it so much, I start reading it to them early. Look how the colors fade on each page as it gets darker. Pretty cool.
Any favorites of you or your babies that should be on this list?