Raising a reader is one of my mommy dreams. There is no age to when you can start reading to your baby. Start as young as you can.
C&I (my twins) have always loved our bedtime reading . I had started reading aloud to them when they were 4 months old. I firmly believe that reading and singing are the best ways to connect to babies. Even as a newborn I could observe the change in behaviour of my dear daughter whenever I sang to her . Lullabies are not overrated, in fact , they are a part and parcel of raising babies.
Always prefer Board Books for young readers. They love to hold it and sometimes chew on it . They love to flip the interactive flaps and engage themselves while you read.
Here I am enlisting classic books which are great to Read Aloud to your little one .
But a word of caution : later they will force you to read to them even if you are exhausted.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar : By Eric Carle
This is a classic and you will get a super positive feedback from every reader mommy you know once you mention this book. It has multiple holes , where your baby can put a finger and play while reading .
My son loves this book so much , that I only need to say ‘The very Hun…” and he is all laughs .
The Going To Bed Book : By Sandra Boynton
This book is meant to be read at bedtime . Short and crisp, it can keep your little one occupied pretty well. As they grow up , they will relate to the bedtime routine as mentioned in the book.
Dear Zoo : By Rod Campbell
It is a classic book with flap which babies love. They look forward to you lifting the flap and later explore it on their own. It is also a wonderful way of introducing animals to your young reader.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed : By Eileen Christelow
This is one of the most catchy rhymes you can sing to your baby and this book is an extension to the classic poem. This is my go-to thing to cheer my twins whenever they are cranky.
In fact , I sing it to them during their routine vaccinations and most of the times they don’t even cry for a second while being injected.
This is one of my magic wands.
Corduroy : By Don Freeman
It’s a wonderful, though a little lengthy, book for babies. The story of a shabby bear in need of a home is sweet and heart-touching. Though your baby might not be able to pay attention while the whole story lasts , you can still read a part of it and gradually proceed.
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A personal snippet: Here is a video of my 9 months old twins enjoying a book .
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