As a mama and an early childhood teacher, we read A LOT around here. And we own so so so many books! Imagine that we have to bring all of our things to Egypt in suitcases (no shipping because of import tax $$$), and yet over the course of 3 trips I’ve still prioritized bringing at least 20 books each time! I may not be an expert, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of what is enjoyable at each age. 🙂
Did you know that kids who are read to every day are exposed to millions of more words in their first 3 years of life? MILLIONS! Like, upwards of 30 million! And while I’d like to say I got in a good routine of reading to my twins from birth, that just didn’t happen. But by around 7 months we created a good bedtime routine that involved reading 2-3 books each night. As we were getting started it was the same 3 books, but as the routine became more normal, we added new books into the rotation.
Here are my FAVORITE books from birth-1 year old. (Click pictures for a direct link to Amazon.)
We ADORED hug! There are very few words other than “hug”, as the sweet little monkey goes looking for where he can get a hug. In the end his mama gives him just what he needs.
This was the very first book I bought for my twins. We read this on occasion from birth-6 months, and they were really captivated by the contrasting black and white picture. It was able to really catch their attention at a very young age.
We have this one in Spanish . The lift the flap book is great for teaching body parts and positional words (under, behind, etc.)!
This one’s more for the mama’s, but it’s a sweet little story about your babies getting older. Try to read it without tearing up!
This was one of our 3 bedtime books on repeat. My kiddos love EVERYTHING by Sandra Boynton, and this fun rhyming book is a great way to settle to sleep.
This was another one of our 3 repeated bedtime books. It’s got great rhythm and the babies really enjoyed it. Do you say pa-JAM-a or pa-JAH-ma? (<—– JAH here.)
I think we’ve bought this one 3 times because the flaps somehow keep getting pulled off. #toddlers #twins They love to try and find where Spot is hiding.
This is another great lift the flap. A great way to teach animals and animal sounds, my kids were mesmerized with it from a very young age.
Oh Sandra, only you could make me bark on repeat with 10 different doggy sounds. This one is STILL a favorite for my 2 year olds!
Babies need lots of naming things, because that’s what their little brains are doing– learning to name the objects that they are surrounded by. The “first words” books are a great way to show a broad range of new vocabulary.
What books do you think we should add for 0-1?
This is the first in a series of favorite books. Click below for favorite books from 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5.
Favorite books from 1-2. (coming soon)
Favorite books from 2-3. (coming soon)
Favorite books from 3-4. (coming soon)
Favorite books from 4-5. (coming soon)
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