There are many benefits to reading with babies. It's important to look for books for babies that build on these early reading skills. When we read with babies and toddlers, they are able to:
- hear language patterns and build vocabulary
-build problem solving
-bond with parents or caregivers
-learn concepts of print (ie. how books open/ close, turning pages, moving left to right)
- examine books in a tactile manner
One of my favorite publishers for young children (birth to 7), recently sent us a box of new board books for Spring 2013. Tiger Tales has many new board books for babies this Spring. These books were provided to me free in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled to realize that the books built the early literacy skills that babies and toddlers need.
It's Spring Time by Elizabeth Bennett. A group of animals explore the Spring season.
This book will allow babies to hear wonderful rhyming patterns and also hear the vocabulary that accompanies the Spring season.
Splish, Splash, Splosh by David Melling. Darling ducks dressed in swimwear, dive into pools as the book counts up from one to ten! This book will expose babies and toddlers to concepts of numbers and number sense.
Peek-a-boo by Ben Mantle. Animals play peek-a-boo with the reader. This book will help babies and toddlers build problem solving skills. Each page shows an animal partially covered by a tree or a bush, the child turns the page to reveal the entire animal. This book also has magnetic arms that cover the sweet bunny on the cover-- which makes this book fun for playtime as well.
That's My Mommy
That's My Daddy by Ann Hodgman
Both of these books show animal babies and parents and focus on all the great things moms and dads can do! Books like "That's My Mommy" and "That's My Daddy" help children to bond with parents as they snuggle closely and hear the reassuring words of the story.
Hug by Ben Mantle
If a child needs to bond with a different caregiver other than a mommy or daddy, Hug would be a great choice. From the very first page it affirms, "there's a hug for everyone." It continues to showcase different types of hugs, big and bouncy or small and snug. Of course, this book would be great to read with mom and dad but could be read with anyone who loves your baby! This book also features magnetic closure arms around the cover.
My First Touch and Feel Pets
My First Touch and Feel Farm
Babies need to explore books in a tactile manner. All of the books in this post are board books. This allows babies to mouth the books without destroying them. It also allows for chunky pages that little hands can turn. My First Touch and Feel Pets and Farm, adds a tactile element. Each page shows a clear photograph of an animal. A part of each animal's body has a unique texture for the baby to feel. Parents can grow a baby's vocabulary by using words like soft, rough, bumpy, smooth, etc. while the child feels the textures.
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