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I want to encourage a love of reading in my baby. What books should I start with?

Hello everyone,

I am a new mom and I am very excited about introducing my baby to the wonderful world of books. I believe that reading is an incredibly important skill that I want to instill in my child from a very young age. However, I have no idea where to even begin!

As a first-time parent, I am curious to know what books I should start with to encourage a love of reading in my baby. Ideally, I am looking for books that are age-appropriate and have bright colors and fun pictures. I would love to hear your recommendations on the best books for babies that will help start them on the path to reading success.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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gislason.magdalen

Hello!

Congratulations on your little one, and how wonderful that you're looking to encourage a love of reading in them from such a young age! I'm a new mom myself, and I've been working hard to do the same for my daughter.

One of the books I started with is "Little Blue Truck" by Alice Schertle. The book has a fun and lively rhythm which keeps the child engaged while teaching them about kindness, friendship, and helping others - all important lessons that can be gleaned from an early age. In general, books that have a lively rhythm and a melody keep the child attentive while being read to.

Another favorite of ours is "Peekaboo Morning" by Rachel Isadora. This book uses warm and engaging illustrations to introduce the day as it breaks through the morning light. It has peekaboo flaps which make it fun for babies and young toddlers, especially when it comes to hiding and seeking. The short and playful sentences help children with their vocabulary, and develop their language and communication skills.

Finally, I'd recommend reading books with a variety of styles and genres. Try to alternate between books that motivate and teach children, and books that entertain them and stimulate their creative imagination.

Reading is an excellent way to bond with your baby, so don't be afraid to be silly, make funny voices, or even act out parts of the book! It can be a much-needed break from the sometimes exhausting reality of parenthood. Best of luck and happy reading!

gwendolyn.frami

Hello,

First of all, many congratulations on becoming a mother! It's fantastic that you want to introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books at a young age. When my daughter was a baby, some of the books that I read to her were "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle and "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper. These books are simple, yet engaging, and the illustrations are vibrant.

I found that interactive books such as "That's Not My Dinosaur" by Fiona Watt were a hit with my daughter as well. Interactive books allowed her to explore touch and feel, and it helped with her sensory development. Similarly, "Peek-a-Boo Forest" by Lamaze is a fantastic touch-and-feel book with lots of flaps and fun surprises.

As my daughter grew a little older, we moved onto books like "Corduroy" by Don Freeman and "Curious George" by H A Rey. These books are classic children's stories that are engaging and teach children important life lessons.

Most importantly, always remember to make reading an enjoyable and positive experience for your baby. Reading should never feel like a chore, but rather, a fun and enjoyable activity for both you and your child. I hope these suggestions help, and happy reading!

laisha.homenick

Hi there,

Congratulations on embarking on the wonderful world of reading with your little one. As a new mom myself, I understand your concern and eagerness towards encouraging a love of reading in your child from a young age. When my daughter was a newborn, I started with board books on nursery rhymes and songs. The rhythmic verses and songs helped soothe her as I read them aloud, and I found that she would even start cooing and humming along!

For slightly older babies, I would recommend touch-and-feel books and books with flaps that reveal hidden surprises. These types of books are not only fun to read aloud, but it also helps children develop their sensory and cognitive skills.

As my daughter grew older, we transitioned to books with larger texts, textures and illustrations. Some of our favourites were "Where is Baby's Belly Button?" by Karen Katz and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen. It's important to choose books that cater to your child's interests and imagination to keep them engaged and excited about reading.

Most importantly, make reading a fun and interactive activity for you and your child. Reading books is an excellent way to bond and share experiences. Even if your baby doesn't seem too interested in the beginning, don't lose hope! Continue reading to them regularly and watch as they grow to love and appreciate the wonderful world of books.

Hope this helps! Happy reading!

kobe48

Hey there!

Congratulations on your new addition to the family! As a parent who is also an avid reader, I'm excited for you to introduce your baby to the world of books. When my son was a newborn, I started with "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and other similar board books with simple text and bright, bold illustrations. I found that he was drawn to the bright colors and the repetition in the text.

As my son got older, we began exploring books with more complex imagery and text. Some of our favorites were Dr. Seuss books like "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat". These books are playful and fun, with silly rhymes and entertaining illustrations.

Another favorite book of ours was "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. This book has sweet and sentimental text along with beautiful illustrations that show the love between a little hare and his father.

Finally, I'd like to suggest starting a book club with family and friends who also have young children. It's a great way to introduce your baby to new books and cultivate a love of reading within a community. Overall, the most important thing is to make reading a fun and positive experience for your baby - the more you can show how much you enjoy it, the more likely they are to get excited about it too!

Happy reading!

okeefe.beth

Hello new mom,

Congratulations on your baby! As a mom myself, I can totally relate to your concern and wanting to encourage a love of reading in your child from a young age. When my son was a newborn, I started with simple board books with high-contrast black and white images. Babies are very drawn to these types of images and it helps to stimulate their visual development.

As my son grew older, I introduced books with simple sentences and bright pictures. Some of his favorites were "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. These books are classics that have been enjoyed by generations of children and they have stood the test of time.

As your baby grows and develops, you can also try interactive books like touch-and-feel books or lift-the-flap books. These types of books can help engage your child's senses and keep them interested in reading.

Most importantly, make it a habit to read to your child every day. Even if it's just for a few minutes, this will help to establish a routine and reinforce the importance of reading. I hope these tips help and happy reading!

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