Reading to babies is something that’s quite often overlooked. The benefits, however, are incredible.
Parents are more prone to introducing books to a toddler who’s already started to talk, or they just don’t have time to fit books into their baby’s schedule which can be chaotic during the first year.
When Jack was little, I read to him during his bath time, and it became part of our nighttime routine. When he was over the grabbing the book and throwing it phase, we began reading in the rocking chair in his nursery.
With his sister, there wasn’t as much time, so we started the same routines a little later, but nonetheless she’s now quite fond of book time.
Reading to your baby during their first year is vital and beneficial for both bonding and language development. According to Patricia Cowan, national program coordinator for Reach Out and Read, the bonding experience is unbeatable.
Listening to the rhythms as we read, the sounds of different words put together in sentences and connecting images with words is a tremendous benefit to Baby. It didn’t take Audrey long to start making quacking sounds when she saw a duck in a book or mooing like a cow. Yes, we read a lot of animal books to her as that’s her favourite.
Because we love reading so much in our household and because it plays such a big role, I’ve compiled a list of Jack and Audrey’s favourite first books. Enjoy!
Jack & Audrey's Favourite Books
10 Favourite First Readers
1. On the Night You Were Born, Nancy Tillman
2. Goonight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd
3. Little Blue Truck/Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
4. Little Owl’s 1,2,3, Divya Srinivasan
5. Love You More, Susan Musgrave, Esperanca Melo
6. Sweetest of All, Jean Little and Marisol Sarrazin
7. The Goodnight Train, June Sobel, Laura Huliska-Beith
8. Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
10. First 100 Words, Bright Baby