Best Baby Books for Children Under 2
The easiest and most simple way to encourage a love of reading in your child is to begin reading to him when he’s a baby. Studies show that children that are read to by an adult as infants are more likely to read to for pleasure and relaxation as they get older. Developing a lifelong love of reading is a great trait to instill in your kids.
Think You Don’t have Time to Read?
There are two great times to read to your baby. One is before bedtime, make it a bedtime ritual. Bath, put on pajamas, and then snuggle in bed for a good story. Giving your baby a routine that begins as early as possible is soothing. Often very young babies will doze off just a few pages in and that’s fine. Another great time to read to your child is when they have a lot of pent up energy. Choose an interactive book that requires jumping, running in place, and other fun physical activities. Just keep reading to your child every night and when they need to chill out, as soon as your child is able, she will be requesting books to read.
Best Series Baby Books
For my kids, I always liked introducing books that were part of a series. My kids always looked forward to the next book about the Cat in the Hat or what Biscuit the mischievous puppy did. There are a huge number of series books for children out there, it’s hard to narrow down but here are my top five picks that my kids always loved from infancy onward:
1. Dr Seuss Series of Books
2. The Biscuit Series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
3. Boynton Board Books Series by Sandra Boynton
4. Brown Bear and Friends Series by Bill Martin Jr.
5. Carl Series by Alexandra Day
Great Baby Books for Bedtime
Bedtime was always one of my favorite times of the day with my children. Any frustrations they had are being forgotten, I get to cuddle and tell them how much I adore and love them, and we always try to make bedtime fun and never a battle of “Go to Sleep!” My husband and I swap off days to read to our kids because he really enjoys reading to our kiddos as much as I do. I won’t even get into how many nights we read “Llama Llama Nighty-Night.” The top 5 books my kids love for bedtime are:
1. Dream Animals: A Bedtime by Emily Winfield Martin
2. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
3. The Zebra Said Shhh by M. R. Nelson
4. The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra
5. Llama Llama Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney
Interactive Books Your Baby Will Love
Then there are those days that are too wet or too cold to get some outside playtime. Those are days I like to put some of the more interactive baby books into action. My husband particularly loves reading these books and getting totally into the arm waving, peek-a-boo playing, or whatever is going on. It’s fun for kids of all ages.
Just getting the attention of very young infants, pointing out colors, letting them pat the softness of the bunny, all are stimulating to the sensory development of your child.
Here are the top 5 interactive books I like:
1. Peek-a-boo! By Roberta Grobel
2. The Baby Hustle: An Interactive Book with Wiggles and Giggles! by Jane Schoenberg 3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
4. Where Is Baby’s Puppy? By Karen Katz
5. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Those are just 15 different titles and book series to get your baby book shelf going. If you have some go-to favorite books, I’d love to know what they are. Just leave them in the comments below.