Thursday, June 23, 2011

Read Aloud Thursday: Reads for Baby

Grace often joins in our read alouds, although at 10 months old she obviously doesn't have the attention span of Jonathan. The longer books and activities I save for while she's taking her morning nap.

I do try to pick out some books for Grace that we can snuggle and read together. She's very interested in other babies right now, so several books featuring babies and first words have caught her attention lately. Here are some favorites:

Baby Faces by DK Publishing

A short little book which features photographs of babies of various ethnic backgrounds. Each picture relays different emotions and expressions that babies may feel during a typical day. Grace really liked looking at the pictures and even Jonathan enjoyed telling me whether the children were happy, sad, silly, etc.

Baby's Day  by Michel Blake

This is part of a series of board books that are designed for children to hold and open easily. The book features a baby going through the routines of his day. The photographs are black and white and feature a particular object in color on each page. Grace also enjoyed looking at the photographs in this book and patting the colorful objects. I think we may try more books in this series-- it's an interesting take on "first word" books. 

Hickory Dickory Dock: A Nursery Play-Along Classic by Margaret Barritt

This book is based on the traditional nursery rhyme, but the story has expanded the story to be about a little mouse that doesn't want to go to bed. The top line of each double-spread page features the nursery rhyme, where the bottom of each page has the expanded story. The soft illustrations are charming, but the best feature is that the book includes pictorial directions for parents to play with your child to the nursery rhyme. Grace loves it while I do the actions with her and gets a big grin when we start to play Hickory Dickory Dock. There are a couple other books in this series that I hope to check out as well.

None of these books are destined to be classics, but they are great for helping your baby to love books from an early age!

I'm linking this post to
Read-Aloud Thursdays @ Hope is the Word
Feed Me Books Friday @ Little Sprout Books
What My Child is Reading @ Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Thanks so much for linking up yesterday! I'm really keeping my eyes open for books to share with my one year old, so this is just the type of post that helps me! The black and white/color book looks great, especially.

Jen said...

reading to the little ones is the best! I'm now following you on GFC! Hope you'll stop my blog as well

Raising a Happy Child said...

I miss baby books - luckily my 4 year old pulls them out once in a while, especially when she pretends to be a mommy. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

Olivia said...

My son Titus also loves his Baby Faces book. I can't wait until he can say the emotions as he sees the pictures! All he can say so far is mama, dada, ball, and that. :-)

I really like your blog! I also just wrote up a list of Titus' favorite baby reads... check it out!

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