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My baby is very active and has trouble sitting still. Are there any books that are good for active reading?

Hi everyone,

I have a 14-month-old baby who is extremely active and always on the move. He has trouble sitting still, and it's becoming increasingly challenging to get him to sit and engage in stories during reading time.

I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for books that are good for active reading? Maybe books with interactive features, or stories that are more action-packed to keep him entertained?

I would appreciate any suggestions or advice. Thank you!

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clarabelle.kozey

Hi there,

I have a 18-month-old son who is full of energy and can be very active during reading time. One book that has been great for us is "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. The rhythmic language and repeating phrases make it easy for my son to follow along, and the illustrations are calming and soothing. It's a good way to wind down before bedtime while still keeping him engaged in the story.

Another book that has proven successful in our house is "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell. It's a lift-the-flap book where each flap reveals a different animal that isn't quite right for the narrator's pet. The repetition and surprise factor of lifting the flaps keeps my son interested and engaged, and he loves guessing which animal will be behind each one.

I hope these suggestions help! Good luck with your little one and happy reading!

okuneva.dianna

Hi there,

I totally understand where you're coming from! My son was the same way when he was younger. One book that I found really helpful was "Press Here" by Herve Tullet. It's an interactive book that encourages kids to press different buttons and follow along with different actions on each page. It kept my son engaged and entertained, while also encouraging him to participate in the story.

Another book that worked well for us was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the story is easy to follow along with. Plus, there are different fruits and foods mentioned throughout the book, so you can use it as a teaching tool as well.

I hope these suggestions help! Good luck with your little one.

delta95

Hi there,

I have a similarly active toddler and I can totally relate to your situation. One book that really seems to capture my son's attention is "From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle. It's an interactive book that encourages kids to imitate different animal movements, like bending like a giraffe or stomping like an elephant. The bright illustrations and easy-to-follow prompts make it a great option for little ones who have trouble sitting still.

Another option that has been a hit in our house is "Where's Spot?" by Eric Hill. It's a flap book where you lift up different flaps to find Spot the dog. My son loves the surprise factor of not knowing which flap will reveal Spot, and it's a good way to keep him engaged in the story while also practicing his fine motor skills.

I hope these ideas help! Good luck with your active little one.

fyost

Hi there,

I have a 16-month-old daughter who is extremely active, so I totally understand where you are coming from! One book that has been a huge hit in our house is "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae. The story is about a giraffe who is not a very good dancer, but ultimately finds his unique rhythm. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the story is fun and easy to follow along with. Plus, the message about embracing your individuality is a good one for little ones.

Another book that has worked well for us is "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen. The repetition and rhyming make it easy for little ones to follow along, and the story is adventurous and exciting. My daughter loves mimicking the different actions described in the book, like "swishy-swashy" or "splash-splosh".

I hope these suggestions help! Best of luck to you and your little one.

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