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Reading is so important to the development of a child. It is a great time to spend time with your child as they are learning new things. Starting the habit early is always a great and easy way to prepare them for school too! There are so many good books out there that it was really almost impossible to choose 10, but I just chose the ones that my daughter chose to read the most in her first year and a half of life. I’m sure you could add many to this list and we would love if you would comment with your child’s favorites. Also, check out our other post on 7 Benefits to Reading to your Child. And rather than buying new in the store, each of these book are available on Amazon through our links below for a fraction of the price, just click on the pictures.
This book has songs for just about each letter of the alphabet that go along with the letter. You can sing them to the tune of familiar children’s songs. It also has little pull tabs on each page that make it even more fun! In addition, it comes with a CD so you can sing the songs with your child.
This is a book I had when I was a child and my daughter loves it too! There are many every day things that the kids in the book do and the reader gets to interact with it too. My daughter loves feeling “daddy’s scratchy face” and playing peek a boo.
This book teaches over 100 words to children. My daughter has a few books like this but this one teaches words that are more familiar than many of her other books. It teaches common household words as well as colors and numbers. My daughter loves pointing to each thing and saying “that?” as we teach her the words. She quickly became familiar with them and uses them every day.
This is a lift-the-flap book where the child can find different things that a baby is hiding. My daughter loves looking at the baby as well as finding all of the things. Of course one of the things is finding the baby’s belly button and my daughter loves showing us her belly button as well as finding other’s belly buttons!
This is a book that will be great as my daughter gets even older, although she sure enjoys it now too! The book shows shadows of animals and gives hints for what the animal is. You can slide it out to see what the actual animal is.
This book was another 1st birthday gift. The book we have is the board book version, so it is shortened from the original Dr. Suess version, making it a bit easier to read. It is very much a tongue twister of a book and my husband enjoys trying to read it quickly. My daughter loves the rhymes and silliness of the book.