Books. Books. Books.
I’ve been wanting to write a post about my love of books for a while now. Ever since I can remember I’ve been an avid reader. Reading opens the imagination, takes you to your own private world, it’s where you can learn, understand and be enriched by your mind and the ideas of others. Hence I’ve always encouraged my charges with books too. Trips to the library are always part of our routine. I think it’s really important to support your local library and it’s a great way for the kids to chose and read lots of books, learn to look after them and bring them back!
I’ve always thought that reading and sharing stories with little ones right from the get go really helps their own interest in reading which can support them for future learning. It’s funny how some of my earliest memories of books are the classics that I read to little ones even today. Things like…
The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr
The hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle
The velveteen rabbit by Margery Williams
The cat in the hat by Dr. Seuss
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Sometimes you might think ‘my child is too young to fully understand what this book is about’. That may be true but there are definitely other things they will appreciate such as sharing some quality time together and being close. The sound of your voice, the rhythm of the words, the colourful pictures and the turning of the pages. They soon learn that reading is fun and will enjoy joining in!
Ideal new baby books are ones that have black and white images. This is because new babies can only see up to 8 – 12 inches from their face and only in black, white and grey. As their eyes develop, they will then see red and by three months of age, will be able to see a full spectrum of colour!
We all know books can do really cool things now; make noise, have pull out flaps, be read in the bath. All great ways for babies and toddlers to continue onto a life-long journey of reading. There’s a great choice of little books that can be attached to the buggy making it easy to safely take anywhere! I especially love this one.
I just say get comfy and read anywhere with your little one. They may only be interested in the book for a few minutes at first and that’s ok. Let them listen to your voice and see the pictures. If they try to turn the pages early or go back, let them. Let them enjoy exploring!
There are some great books for young children here
As your baby grows and becomes a toddler, there are a so many books that can help support them through learning such as books about learning to use the potty or getting dressed (this one is actually a sticker book which is great as it starts to encourage creativity!) Personally, I never leave the house without a book. A grown-up book or my kindle for me and a fun book for my charge, even if it will get dropped on the floor countless times, chewed and dribbled on! Here are a few of my (and the kids!) favourites…
Where Bear by Chris Haughton
The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb
Supertato by Sue Hendra