|Our version of the ubiquitous nursery bookshelves, thanks to Ikea.|
Henry is already a perpetual motion machine, so most often I find myself sort of reading at him or in his general direction while he crawls or cruises, but I tell myself it still counts! We haven’t incorporated a story into his bedtime routine yet, but I can sometimes cuddle with him and read a bit just before he goes down for a nap. The most helpful thing has been keeping books in each area where he normally plays or spends time, so it’s easy to grab one to fill any given moment. More than anything else, this makes it simple to fit in regular reading. I hope he internalizes that reading is an anytime, all-the-time activity.
|Smallest guest at the USAG library.|
And can I just say, whoever created board books is a genius, because the average baby or toddler could probably shred any other written material in 60 seconds flat. I think someone should make coffee table literature in board book form–fine photography or other content that adults would enjoy, but indestructible for the sake of the child-bearing set–unless we are the only family with a baby who loves to systematically pull everything off of the coffee table and experiment to see which items he can tear into pieces? Anyone else?
These are some of our favorites, many already lovingly tattered from just 10-ish months of use. I know this is way too many to be useful, but it was actually difficult to narrow it down even this much!
- The Runaway Bunny
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I was thisclose to using this book as a first birthday party theme, mostly so I could have made this cake
- Corduroy – one of my very own favorites as a girl, so sentimental
- Hippos Go Berserk! – classic Boynton, fun with a melancholy twinge at the end
- Fox in Socks
- Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? – I find myself quoting random lines from this throughout the day. yup, I’m that crazy lady.
- Is Your Mama a Llama?
- Snuggle Puppy! – I confess I am so curious about other mamas’ renditions of this “love song”
- Little Blue Truck – this is so lyrical that it sometimes gets stuck in my head, like a song
- Hoot – Henry loves the finger holes in this! as a result, I think this was the first book he learned to turn pages in
- I Love You Through and Through
- I Love You Because You’re You – love this even more because it was a gift from Grandma (my mom)
Any favorite books for your baby or (gulp) toddler? I’m always in the market for new suggestions! Happy reading!