I wanted to share some of my current favorite books to read to Colin. We have been given quite a few books and read to Colin at least twice a day. I'm partial to books that rhyme myself so most of my favorites do. Colin seems to enjoy being read too and will eagerly look over the arm of the chair to see the books below. Also if there is a book out he has recently started 'asking' for it to be read, in that he picks it up and makes frustrated noises until you open it and read it to him.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
This was the first book we ever read to Colin. I felt like it was good for an infant because it has big simple images and bold colors. Plus there isn't really a story line to follow so it is simple to start and stop wherever. The first few time he would sit and listen to only a few pages at a time, as the days went by we were able to get further and further into the book.
Baby Cakes This book is just too cute! It it almost reads like a jump rope game (think teddy bear teddy bear turn around.) Some of the lines allow you to be interactive and tickle your little baby cakes. It is also a really a great book to end the day with because one of the last lines is "now my little baby cakes go night night".
I Love You Through And Through
This book is very simple with only a few words per page but the message is sweet and the illustrations are charming. Like all of these books, the pages are thick paperboard and therefore don't rip easily, so Colin can man handle them and they don't get damaged.
Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book
This is another one we have been reading since he was less than a month old. It's a counting book, so it starts with "one lonely spider...' and ends with "twelve flowers...". The message again is cute, (albeit lost on Colin at this stage, but he will get it eventually) and the rhyming is very well done. No tripping over the syllables and you attempt to get the cadence correct.
Rainbow Colors ( Peekaboo)and Peekaboo Farm: I think if Colin were to choose his favorite these would be them. They are lift the flap peekaboo books along with touch and feel textures. In the last month or so he has really started to reach out and feel these books.
Plus, unlike some of the other peekaboo books, the flaps are the same hard paperboard as the pages (which are pretty thick) so when Colin decides to grab onto them they don't give the impression that they are about to tear off. The pictures in these books are just that, photos of real objects and kids which is a welcome change to the illustrations, even if it is only a photo of a stuffed animal.
Those are our favorite books right now. What are your favorite books for babies?