With the countless number of books available, how do parents go about finding the best ones to read to their baby? It is not that difficult to choose good books if you follow these tips.
Choose books you enjoyed as a child.
Start by including books that you enjoyed as a child. There are many books available today that seem almost timeless. Some of my favorite books were published before 1970, before I was even born. Think back to the books that were your favorites and request them from your local library or bookstore.
Search online for the top 100 books for children.
A simple search will give you a lot of books to choose from. Some you may be familiar with and others you may not. Print out the list and take it with you to the library or the bookstore on your next outing.
Do a search on Amazon.
Amazon is a great place to find new books to read to your baby. If you have one title you like you can type it in and see what rating it has received from consumers. Amazon will also list other books that the people searching enjoyed. As you may have guessed each click will take you in a new direction. For example, start with Goodnight Moon. When you type that in to Amazon you will see other books that people who purchased Goodnight Moon enjoyed. It will show you how many stars these books were rated and now you have more choices.
Choose books of different types to expose your baby to all kinds of language.
When you read to your baby include all sorts of books to make the experience a broad one. Read plenty of Dr. Seuss or other rhyming books so your baby can grasp how rhyming works. Read short stories about animals and other characters that appeal to your baby. Read short non-fiction books to teach your baby about animals and insects and so forth. There is a wonderful series of books called Pebble Books. These books are wonderful for babies and toddlers because they have one sentence per page with a fact about the animal along with a nice color picture. Often times the scientific books are much too long to keep a baby’s attention but the Pebble Books are superb for teaching your baby some science.
Reread your baby’s favorite books over and over again.
When reading to your baby less can be more. There is so much for your baby to learn from each story you read. They especially like to hear their favorites over and over. Do not discourage this. Your baby is learning all about language and reading each time you read and reread a book to them. So sit back with your stack of books and have fun.