Being a language arts major I knew how important it was to get Nick to love reading right from the start. We have been having story time every night before bed since he was a week old. By5 months old Nick would turn the pages of the book we were reading. By a year one his favorite activities was to look through books. I could pull out his basket of books and he’d happily sit and look through them for a good 30 minutes. Now he still loves to look through books in his crib (there are always a few in there that I change every few weeks), but he wants me to read to him all the time. We sit on the floor every night before bed and I read the books that Nick hands me.
Not surprisingly most of Nick’s favorite books are interactive ones. He loves touch and feel books. He often tries to feel the pages of most books to see if there is a something to touch. He also loves books that have bright and colorful pictures.
At the age of 1 year old here is a list of Nick’s top 10 favorite books in alphabetical order…
- Baby Touch and Feel Tractor – The text in this book is very short and to the point (“shiny hood, green tractor”). There are things to feel, but some pages are only to look at. Nick LOVES this book. If I had to pick his favorite book of all it might very well be this one.
- Bubbles, Bubbles – This is a cute short Sesame Beginnings book that you can get for only $1 at Target. It talks about bubbles and where they are (such as, “on my nose.”) When we read the book I always point to the spot where it says the bubbles are on Nick. He thinks it’s hilarious (you got to love this age).
- Clackers: Monkey – This is an adorable little book about a monkey (we call it The Monkey Book). It has a handle on top and is made for the toddler to grab on to and shake it around and the pages “clack” together. Ours is a little chewed up because Nick found it to be a great teething item.
- Farm Babies – This is a really colorful book that tells about baby animals that can be found on a farm. This is one that Nick often makes me read over and over.
- Moo – This is a very large and interactive book. There are things to feel, press, move, and flaps to lift. Nick can really get sucked into this one. Of course he really loves animal books anyways. It’s on the expensive side, but it is very well made, and ours is very well liked.
- Play, Baby – This is an adorable little book that has pictures of babies that include drawn pictures of Disney characters. It has a handle on top that rattles which makes it a blast for Nick. The first pages says to make some noise, so when it says that we always shake the book.
- Pat The Bunny – Ah, a classic baby book, and one that one of my professors said every baby should have because it helps with development. I think Nick’s favorite thing to do is play peek-a-boo with Paul. Of course he likes to put his finger through Mummy’s ring too. I must say our copy, which Nick received from the Easter Bunny when he was only a couple of days old, has already been well loved.
- Ready, Set, Go! – This is a must have book if your little one likes Cars. We actually found this book before Nick was born, and my grandmother bought it for him. It’s a story about how the cars in Radiator Springs go on a race. On each page there are cars that your little one can actually move. It says 3 and up, but Nick can already move the cars fairly easily.
- Rocket’s Surprise – This is a Little Einsteins book. Nick loves Disney Junior shows, but finding products from them, that are age appropriate, isn’t always easy. This is the book that Nick got from the Easter Bunny this year, and he loved it from the start. Let me just say I can read this one in my sleep. The story focuses on Rocket making a surprise for the Little Einsteins. The book is in the shape of Rocket. The book itself hides inside the cover and pulls out. Ours no longer has a cover though. Luckily Nick doesn’t care about that.
- Touch and Feel Farm – This is a very nice touch and feel book. I like that the text helps to describe what it is that your little one is feeling. It really helps them with comprehension and understanding.
So there you have it. Nick’s top 10 favorite books for this year.
What are some of your little one’s favorite books?