Green Eggs and Ham, Goodnight Moon, Madeline, these are all classics that we enjoyed as children and that our kids today still love. These books might be great for children who are a little older and can understand the words, or at least the pictures, but should we be reading books to our babies too?
The medical advisory board at Baby Center says a very enthusiastic, YES!!
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading aloud daily to your baby starting at 6 months of age — about the time when he'll really begin to enjoy looking at books with you. But Jim Trelease, longtime read-aloud expert and author of the Read Aloud Handbook, says that you can start when your child's a newborn. No matter what your baby's age, of course, reading provides a great opportunity for cuddling and bonding."
Not only is reading to your baby a great bonding experience, it also helps with their growth and development! According to Baby Center "Studies have shown that language skills — and even intelligence — are related to how many words an infant hears each day!"
Growth and development and cuddling and bonding time gives us the perfect reason to read to our kids. The Dapple Moms have a few favorites (really their kid's favorites) that we would love to share with you!
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
- We're Going on a Bearhunt by Michael Rosen
- Too Many Toys by David Shannon
- Jamberry by Bruce Degen
- But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and Marla Frazee
- The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
- Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore and LeUyen Pham
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Thing-Thing by Cary Fagan and Nicolas Debon
- Little Movers - Crane by Arlene Blanchard and Tony Wells
- The Bears Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper