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24 Must Have Books for Babies (7-12 Months)

27 Apr

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I love when my friends announce their pregnancies – it’s another excuse for me to love on their kids by buying them lots and lots of books. In fact, I’m really starting to regret that I didn’t create a spreadsheet with kids names and books gifted to them cause I have a lot of little ones to buy for!

After talking briefly with a new momma/blogging friend, we brainstormed creating a list like this for new parents who may not have any idea where to start when creating a library for their little one. If you’re looking for Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you won’t find them on this list – I wanted to provide everyone with the books you might not get as a gift, but should definitely be in your baby’s own personal library.

This list includes concept books – alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes as it’s never too early to start working on these things, plus it includes a lot of rhyming books for babies to hear how words sound and some books that are just plain fun to read! Don’t forget books with textures, flaps and interactive parts that are sure to make your baby giggle with delight.

You can also check out my blog posts about choosing books for a baby shower here and here for other great ideas on books for babies, plus my starter list for babies from 0-6 months. Here’s a list of 24 titles you need to check out – buy them or borrow them from the library because they are really wonderful books to share with your bundle of joy.

  • BabyLit books published by Gibbs Smith
  • Baby University published by Sourcebooks
  • A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • Hello Baby by Mem Fox
  • Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
  • Indestructibles published by Workman
  • Little You by Richard Van Camp
  • L-M-N-O Peas by Keith Baker
  • Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
  • My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts by David McPhail
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barret
  • Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
  • Say Hello Like This! By Mary Murphy
  • So Much! by Trish Cooke
  • Spot Goes to the Farm by Eric Hill
  • Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

 

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24 Must Have Books for Babies (0-6 Months)

20 Apr

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I love when my friends announce their pregnancies – it’s another excuse for me to love on their kids by buying them lots and lots of books. In fact, I’m really starting to regret that I didn’t create a spreadsheet with kids names and books gifted to them cause I have a lot of little ones to buy for!

After talking briefly with a new momma/blogging friend, we brainstormed creating a list like this for new parents who may not have any idea where to start when creating a library for their little one. If you’re looking for Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you won’t find them on this list – I wanted to provide everyone with the books you might not get as a gift, but should definitely be in your baby’s own personal library. Some of these you’ll see have photographs of real babies – a sure fire way for babies to connect to the book as well as high contrast books for babies who haven’t developed their full sight and colors yet.

Honestly, at this stage it’s more about bonding than what you’re reading – you could read your child Harry Potter and it’d be fine. I know someone who read aloud articles for their research while working on their thesis to their baby. This time is for your baby to understand that books equal love and cuddles and one-on-one time together with you. It’s not necessarily about what you read. But, if you are new to buying books for babies, definitely look for board books – these are books published on thicker pages made of cardboard and will hold up to babies exploring books which means inevitably putting them in their mouths.

You can also check out my blog posts about choosing books for a baby shower here and here for other great ideas on books for babies. Here’s a list of 24 titles you need to check out – buy them or borrow them from the library because they are really wonderful books to share with your bundle of joy.

  • ABC’s by Charley Harper
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena
  • Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light
  • Black on White by Tana Hoban
  • Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
  • Faces: A High Contrast Board Book
  • First 100 Words
  • Global Babies
  • The House In the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
  • I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and To Lichtenheld
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
  • Look Look! by Peter Linenthal
  • Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • “More, More, More” Said the Baby by Vera Williams
  • Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Hammill
  • Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
  • Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

 

Cruise Into Kindergarten Bulletin Board

24 Mar

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Pennsylvania Public Libraries have created the Cruise Into Kindergarten model to promote early literacy programs and book lists in public libraries.  Many states libraries and associations are adopting similar models to promote just how much public libraries offer their residents in terms of early literacy – in storytimes, STEAM programs, dances, art workshops, Family Place libraries, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, booklists for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and so much more.

So to promote this amazing initiative, I re-created our online Cruise game on our front bulletin board, complete with spaces and promoting all the great programs and books our library offers families with children from birth – Kindergarten.

We have Family Reading Month during the month of April, so there are a lot of extra activities happening for families, which means more people checking out this awesome bulletin board and the awesome website for more information and activities to do with their kids!

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