I love books. I studied English Literature in college and my husband and I are avid readers (and let’s face it, these days I mostly have time for audio books, which are perfect for multi-tasking moms). So when I found out I was having a baby, one of the things I looked forward to most was reading to her.
There are so many great children’s books to choose from, and for my one-year-old, we’re in the board book stage. We were blessed with MANY people who gifted us books at our baby showers, as well as a cousin (mom to five) who blessed us with a huge hand-me-down board book library. Studies show that you should read to your child (even babies!) every single day, and that repetition is important. With Wrenn, we try to read some during playtime, and then before she goes to bed. (For parents who are curious about our routine – I know I love hearing about other peoples’ routines to get ideas – we drink a sippy cup of milk, then we read a book, then we rock for a few minutes and say bedtime prayers, then I lay her down in her crib, still awake but very sleepy.)
Some of my favorite board books come from the Baby Lit collection. These books feature great works like Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, and more. It’s all the books you
had got to read in high school, but recreated as counting books, alphabet primers, etc. The pictures are gorgeous and modern – I hope to someday collect them all!
I Love You So… is one of the sweetest books and has beautiful illustrations. I probably read this one to Wrenn more than any other, so of course I now have it memorized. I’ll take any excuse to remind her how much I love her.
Llama Llama Wakey Wake is just… fun. I love books that rhyme and are fast-paced (Wrenn loves to turn the page and has a SHORT attention span), and this one fits our needs perfectly.
And then, of course, there are Dr. Seuss books. They’re whacky and rhyme and funny enough to keep me entertained. I love all of them, and plan to continue to expand our collection as she gets older. Maybe it’s nostalgia – I grew up with these books – or maybe it’s just that they’re THAT GOOD. Whatever the case, I love reading these to her.
What about you, dear readers? What books do you LOVE to read to your kids? Leave us a comment with the name of the book and the age of your child. I love getting new ideas!
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