I love to read.
I want to pass that love onto my children.
Jayden, our (almost) 7 year old will devour any text placed before him. His thirst for knowledge is amazing. He can rattle off facts about any subject and is always eager to learn and read even more.
Our latest edition, the bouncing baby boy lovingly named Jensen is also starting to love books. While he enjoys a variety of books, these three are the ones he seems to respond to the most.
First up in our bedtime routine is On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
This is an amazing book that is for parents as much as it is for babies. I’ll admit that I even got a little choked up the first time I read it to Jensen. It is a great book that celebrates how special and loved your child is. The text has a lyrical quality about it that keeps babies engaged and the beautiful illustrations catch their attention wonderfully. Jensen loves to help me turn the pages. He lingers over each illustration until he is ready for me to continue. I can see his little mind taking in every detail. Sometimes he even coos along as I read to him. I picked this one up on Amazon.
Our next book is Look LOOK! by Peter Linenthal
Jensen LOVED this book in his first few months of life and it continues to be a favorite. The illustrations are a contrasting black and white that stimulate developing minds. Newborns are able to (mostly) see the illustrations and it promotes visual and mental development. I also got this one from Amazon.
Our last book is Jensen’s FAVORITE. This was a gift from his great grandmother and he absolutely adores this book. It is called Eat! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Jensen adores looking at the other babies in this book. He smiles and coos and reaches out to touch them. This book is my go-to problem solver when nothing else calms him down. The text is fun and rhymes. The pictures are large and colorful. Sometimes, after we finish the book he will try to open it up again so we usually end up going through it two or three times. Once our silly little boy even tried to lick the food off of one of the other babies.
I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share these books, and others with Jensen.
I have a set of touchy/feely books that I’m eager to show him as well but he doesn’t quite seem as interested in those yet. So for now we will stick with his three favorites during story time.
If you find yourself with any of these books, I hope your little ones enjoy them as much as we do. 🙂