We’ve been reading to Frances since she was born, but starting around 6 months she started really getting into books, both playing with and “reading” on her own and paying attention during story time. (They say at daycare that Frances is the kid sitting straight up, paying attention when they read stories. She knows how that works!) Now that she’s paying more attention, she has a few books preferences: brightly colored illustrations, not too much text per page, rhymes are a plus. These are some of favorites from the past 6 months.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin. In this silly tale, Farmer Brown’s cows get hold of an old typewriter and use it to start making demands. Great fun.
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle. Most Eric Carle books fit the bright colors/not too much text formula, but we own this one as a board books, so it’s in heavy rotation at our house. Lots of repetition (spoiler: animals have mothers), great illustrations, perfect for babies.
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers. Everywhere Babies follows little ones from their birth to their first year and shows all those baby milestones/activities: eating, playing, crawling. I love the illustrations and I especially loved when I noticed that tucked in there with all the other families illustrated were two mom and two dad families! Yay for family diversity in children’s books!
Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino. This book has great rhymes! Lloyd (the llama) goes around asking his animal friends if their Mamas are also llamas. An amusing read that I never get sick of (bonus!).
Jamberry by Bruce Degen. I can honestly say that I was surprised how much Frances loved this book. It is a whimsical, rhyming tale of a boy and a bear who go berry picking and for a long time (maybe a month – that’s a long time in babyland), it was Frances’ Go To book.
Snip Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman. In this entertaining story, an alligator invades the apartment of 3 children (who appear to be alone, in the grand tradition of children’s books). It has a great repeating line: “And were the children scared?” which makes it fun to read aloud!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Keats is also a great source for books with bright illustrations/not too much text. The Snowy Day is one of my favorites. It’s the first of a series of books featuring a little boy named Peter, and as the first it’s also written the most simply. A definite classic.