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Should I focus on buying books with lots of pictures or books with more text for my baby?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new mom and I'm trying to build a library of books for my baby who is almost 10 months old. I'm a bit confused about whether I should be focusing on buying books with lots of pictures or books with more text. I want my baby to enjoy looking at books and hopefully develop a love for reading in the future.

I've heard that babies enjoy books with bright colors and lots of visuals, but I'm not sure if books with lots of text would be better for their language development. I want to make sure that the books I'm buying are appropriate for my baby's age and will provide some educational value.

Any advice or recommendations on what type of books I should focus on buying? Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

As a parent of a 1-year-old, I can share my personal experience with buying books for my child. At first, I focused on books with lots of pictures and simple text, as I wanted to introduce my child to different colors, shapes, and objects. My child seemed to enjoy looking at the visuals and pointing to different objects on the pages.

However, as my child grew older, I also started introducing books with more text. I found that these books helped improve my child's vocabulary and language skills. I would read out loud, pointing to different words and pictures, and asking my child questions about what we were reading. My child became more engaged with the story and enjoyed turning the pages.

Overall, I think it's important to have a balance of both picture books and books with more text. Books with lots of pictures are great for beginners, but as your child grows and develops language skills, books with more text can provide a great learning opportunity. It's important to find books that are appropriate for your child's age and interests.


My daughter is two and a half years old and absolutely loves books. Initially, I started out with picture books that had simple text, as I wanted to pique her curiosity and help her learn new words. As she grew more comfortable with books, I slowly encouraged her to try out books with more text, and she surprised me by picking them up with ease.

We started with rhyming books and progression picture books, and now she enjoys hearing longer stories told in chapter-book format. For me, it was important to cater to her interests and get books that she would be excited to read or hear. I made a point to take her to the library and let her pick out whatever she was interested in. This approach helped cultivate her love of books and also expanded her interests into new genres.

Based on my experience, I think it's vital to introduce books with both pictures and text to children, as it helps to meet them at their level and gradually challenge them as their interest and reading skills grow.



As a parent of three children ranging from 2 to 7 years old, I've found that providing a mix of picture books and books with more text has been helpful. However, I've also learned that each of my children has different preferences.

For my oldest child, who is 7, she has been interested in chapter books and novels for a while now. We started with shorter chapter books around the age of 5 and gradually worked our way up to longer, more complex stories. As a family, we've enjoyed reading series like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia together. She also likes non-fiction books that teach her about animals, history, and science.

With my middle child, who is 4, she enjoys books with bright, colorful illustrations and simple text. We often read the same book multiple times, and she enjoys pointing out different objects and characters on each page. She also likes books with touch-and-feel elements because they help her develop sensory skills.

For my youngest child, who is 2, he loves books that have sound effects and different textures. Board books are ideal for him because they are sturdy and can withstand his rough handling. He likes books that have a cumulative storyline, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as books that teach him about numbers and colors.

In summary, it's important to find books that suit your child's interests and developmental stage. Some children may prefer books with more text, while others may prefer books with lots of pictures and simple text. It's okay to have a mix of both, and it's also helpful to introduce different genres and themes to keep things interesting.


Hi everyone,

I am a new parent to a 7-month-old baby boy. I came across this thread because I was trying to decide what kind of books to get for him. After reading all of your responses, I think I have a better idea of what to look for.

For my baby, I want to get books with both pictures and text, but I think I'll focus more on books with lots of pictures and some simple text. I think this will keep him interested and engaged, while also helping him learn new words.

I've noticed that my baby loves books with bright, bold colors and high-contrast images. He also enjoys books with tactile elements, such as peek-a-boo flaps and touch-and-feel textures. I think these types of books will continue to engage him and spark his curiosity.

I appreciate everyone's advice and personal experiences. It's helpful to know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing books for babies and children. I'm excited to start building a library for my son and to see him develop a love for reading.



I have two children of different ages, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. With my 3-year-old, I started off focusing on books with lots of pictures and simple text, just like many other parents. He loved pointing to the pictures and making noises, and it was a great way to bond with him. As he grew older, I slowly introduced books with more text.

What worked for us was incorporating books with stories that were relatable to him. For instance, if he liked animals, we would read books about animals and their habitats. If he was interested in space, we would read books that talked about the universe and space exploration. This helped keep him engaged and interested in learning new things.

With my 1-year-old, I still prefer books with lots of pictures since he is still too young to grasp the nuances of a story. However, I do make sure the books have simple, rhyming text with varied language, to help him develop language skills. I also focus on books that are interactive, such as touch-and-feel or peek-a-boo books.

In conclusion, I think taking cues from your child's interests and development stage is key when choosing books. Books with both pictures and text are important, but the type of book you choose can vary based on your child's interests. Incorporating interactive elements can also enhance the reading experience.



I am a parent of two children, a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old. When they were younger, I started with books that had lots of pictures and simple text. As they grew older, I gradually introduced books with more text. I found that it was important to choose books that were age-appropriate and captured their interests.

For my younger child, I focused on books that had a theme, such as counting, animals, or shapes. I found that the repetition of words and phrases in these books helped him develop his language skills. We often played games based on the books, such as counting objects found in the book.

For my older child, I searched for books with longer, more complex stories that engaged his imagination. Chapter books were a great way to get him interested in reading and understanding story structure. We also introduced non-fiction books about topics he was interested in, such as science or history. This helped him develop his analytical thinking and research skills.

Overall, I think it's important to choose books that are appropriate for your child's age and interests. As they grow older, gradually introduce more complex books and let them explore different genres. Remember, the most important thing is to instill a love for reading that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

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