Thursday, September 25, 2014

Board Books are Not a Bore

Every board book my kids had when they were babies and toddlers was well loved and read many, many times so they all got wrecked.  They chewed them on the corners and ripped up the flaps but they started to love books.  They learned to respect books too...down the line that is.  
Every baby should be read to.  Put the baby on your lap and read away.  Point and talk about the pictures.  Let your baby try to say the words.  As the baby develops into a toddler they can "help" you read, especially their special favorites.  Encourage your baby to love books, even if it means they chew one or two up.
Here are some board books I love.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Favorite Words by Eric Carle

Eric Carle may be 85 years old but he knows what kids love.  I suggest this one but any board book with his name on it is a winner.

Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This is a classic good night tale that children adore and will quickly catch on to the words and ideas of the story.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Great pictures.  Cute flaps.  Zoo animals.  Enough said.

That's Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt

Kids like to touch and feel and this one fits the bill.  Give it a try and give a tactile lesson in the process.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

A classic rhyme that kids will love for a very long time.

Don't let the chance of a board book getting overly "loved" stop you from picking one for your child.  I know I'm so glad I did!
Until next week, keep on reading!

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