Dear Santa: A Baby Board Book Wish List
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I love reading books to my son! I try to mix it up — reading characters in different voices, underlining the words with a finger as I read, describing different things about the pictures, etc. “They” say it's one of the best things you can do to help your baby learn, so you might as well have fun with it!
I have quite the library on the Amazon wishlist I've created for my boy. I hope you enjoy the list I've put together, too!
First 100 Words – Roger Priddy
My son seems to really dig this one. I point at each image, read the word, and say a little something about it like, “Pears are a fruit”. This is also one I've used during tummy time for him to look at and “flip” (smack) the pages with his hands. (It's the book he's “reading” in the previous photo!)
Good Night, Teddy – Francesca Ferri
A soft book with a little teddy who can slip into pockets on each page makes this a cuddly and interactive choice for a calming reading time.
On the Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman
It's a sweet little story with pretty images. Mama probably likes it more than him, but I do think he enjoys hearing his name in the story.
Little Blue Truck – Jill McElmurry
I'm excited to read this one, it has great reviews!
Giraffes Can't Dance – Guy Parker-Rees
We love this book. It's sing-songy with bright, fun images and it has a sweet message.
We Love Each Other – Yusuke Yonezu
This author was recommended to me through a Montessori group I'm a member of. She seems to have a lot of neat stories I'm excited to read!
Bottoms Up! – Yusuke Yonezu
A kid's book about bottoms? Sounds like a winner!
Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Animals Book – Stella Baggott
There's something stimulating and soothing about running fingers over the different animals in this book.
How Do I Love You? – Caroline Jayne Church
Confession: This book has made me cry on multiple occasions. It's a heart melter.
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
This is a throwback that I remember reading when I was little. It's imaginative and fun!
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes – Tana Hoban
Learning from your environment! This seems like it would provide some inspiration to look at every day things a bit differently and learn from it.
Everywhere Babies – Marla Frazee
We haven't read this one yet, but I get the impression that it's providing readers with the message that no matter where you're from, we all start out as babies doing the same things.
Baby Love: A Board Book Gift Set – Helen Oxenbury
Probably best known for her We're Going on a Bear Hunt, this set of books from Helen Oxenbury covers the basics that babies love.
Where is Baby's Belly Button? – Karen Klatz
I love the lift-the-flap style books; it seems like it would provide a similar excitement to peek-a-boo for littles. And one that helps you learn about your body is even better!
Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library – Gyo Fujikawa
A set of four little books full of charming illustrations.
I Am a Bunny – Ole Risom, Richard Scarry
A Little Golden Book classic that is likely to charm parents and baby alike.
Head Shoulders Knees Toes – Annie Kubler
You're singing the song to yourself right now, aren't you?
Moo, Baa, La La La – Sandra Boynton
You can't go wrong with a Boynton book. This one introduces adorable animals and their sounds.
Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
Lift the flap to help find the perfect pet as different animals are introduced.
Good Night Colorado (Good Night Our World) – Adam Gamble, Bill Mackey
This series is cute. They have written these for most major cities in the US, and then some. I think it's a sweet gift idea for an out of town baby!
What are your and your little's favorite reads?