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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



Parachute Storytime: Hats Off!

7 Mar


I got a chance to do two parachute storytimes yesterday and it’s fun to see the kids who really love the parachute get a chance to release some energy with lots of movement. A few kids come in with much more trepidation, but most will stay and just observe. This was a stand alone storytime program, although we have offered this in a six-week session and kids will often become more comfortable after seeing the parachute week after week. My first group of kids had a lot of energy, so the books were harder to get through, but they loved the activities. My second group of kids is an integrated storytime with families as well as a small group of children from our early intervention services program from the county – this group was a little bit older and they all did an amazing job listening to not only the stories but also the directions. At the beginning of parachute storytime I teach the kids that when I say “FREEZE!” our parachute is placed on the floor (which works well for a little classroom management). Overall, the kids had a ton of fun playing with parachute, releasing some winter energy and the adults were having a great time watching their kids, taking pictures and enjoying themselves as well!


  • A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson
  • You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Rhymes & Songs:

  • Introduction: Hello Parachute (Jbrary)Hello parachute, hello parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Oh so grand, oh so grand
    I can lift you, I can lift you (lift parachute)
    With my hands, with my hands
  • Song: “The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee)
  • Rhyme: Grand Old Duke of York
    Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men,
    He marched them up to the top of the hill (raise the chute)
    And he marched them down again (lower)
    And when they’re up, they’re up (raise)
    And when they’re down, they’re down (lower),
    And when they’re only half-way up, (raise half-way)
    They’re neither up nor down (raise, lower). 
  • Song: “Battu” by Angelique Kidjo (Putumayo Kids: African Playground)“Popcorn” with balls tossed on the parachute
  • Rhyme: Bananas Unite
    Bananas unite!
    Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
    Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
    Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
    Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
    Go Bananas!
  • Song: “Aves” by Guillermo Anderson (Putumayo Kids: Animal Playground)
  • Closing: Goodbye Parachute
    Goodbye parachute, goodbye parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Time to go, time to go
    I can help you, I can help you
    Parachute low, parachute low (bring the parachute to ground)

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2017

30 Dec

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I had a great year on my blog this year with a lot more views than I was expecting and many on some older content that keeps popping up! Im hoping during the course of January, I can revisit some of these topics and create an updated booklist or make some new recommendations. If you missed any of these great posts, take a second to check them out and thanks for visiting Literacious this year!

10. Storytime Theme: Imagination Station

9. Storytime Theme: Imagination & Pretend Play

8. Storytime Theme: Polka Dots

7. Storytime Planning, so much more than just books!

6. Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”

5. Programming for Millennials

4. Flannel Friday: Bubble, Bubble, Pop

3. Life Size Chutes & Ladders Game

2. Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics

1. Storytime Theme: Jungle

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