I hope in the near future I am able to do an adult version of this list. I have been reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt for about 4 months now. I hope to finish it by 2017. Anyway, we read a book to our daughter every morning before breakfast or driving her to grandma & grandpas. It’s a great way for her to slowly get out of that morning daze.
The earlier you start regularly reading to your babies/toddlers the better their language and interpretation skills will be as they grow. This has been shown in several studies (links at the bottom of the page). Personally, I find that it’s a nice way to settle down and just have quality quiet time with our little girl. Much more effective and educational then plopping her in front of the TV in the morning while she is waking up! Look below my recommendations to see how you can help kids, schools & communities receive much needed books!
We are still in the board book phase, so everything on this list is available in board book and is age appropriate from 0+.
1. Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar. This book is fun to read and listen to. It’s well written (no singular boring sentences ) and the illustrations are wonderful. If you’re looking to add to your library or get a gift, this one is great, it would be great for older children who are learning to read on their own as well! (http://www.amazon.com/Bubble-Trouble-Margaret-Mahy/dp/0547994834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417870918&sr=8-1&keywords=bubble+trouble)
2) Numbers by Xavier Deneux I like this one because it’s easy to see the numbers, the number can be traced with little fingers and you can count the objects on every page. It’s nice to have the tactile sensation help with learning to count! (http://www.amazon.com/TouchThinkLearn-Numbers-Xavier-Deneux/dp/1452117241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417870872&sr=8-1&keywords=numbers+by+xavier)
3. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill. An oldie but a goodie. Especially when your child learns to flip the tabs on their own and try to find Spot! (http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-Spot-Little-Board-Books/dp/0399240462/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417870937&sr=8-1&keywords=where%27s+spot)
4. Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli. We received this as a gift and our little girl loves this book. It’s extra nice for us because we have a dog and a cat so at a young age she was able to point out where the doggie and the kitty were. We also have Toot and Tickle, but Huggy Kissy is our favourite. (http://www.amazon.com/Huggy-Kissy-Leslie-Patricelli-board/dp/0763632465/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z)
5. Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See? (Slide and Find) by Eric Carle. I think every child should have a small Eric Carle collection. The slide & find makes it a bit more interesting for little ones. (http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Slide-Martin-Brdbk-Boardbook/dp/B00BR9XQKY/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417871103&sr=1-4&keywords=panda+bear+panda+bear+what+do+you+see)
And while you’re purchasing books for your children or loved ones, remember that most low income families do not own a single book for their children. Since it’s Christmas, if you’re looking for a way to help those in need here are some links to great charities that provide books to schools and families in need!
Also, if your community does a Christmas Cheer drive – it’s a great way to donate books to families in need.
Happy Reading & Giving!
Links to studies that show the benefit of reading to infants & toddlers:
… and MANY more