Recently we have been trying to do more activities with our littlest during the day as he seems to be beyond that newborn stage now where they just snuggle up asleep on your chest- he's now really alert during daytime hours and likes to have constant interaction with you. One thing we started doing with LO when introducing him to books when he was very little, even though he couldn't understand or read them, he was learning about how a book worked while looking at bright bold pictures and listening to our voices. And now, 2 and a half years on, he is still massively into books, so we hope that his little brother will develop the same love of reading too.
Here are some of the books we have been reading with Little L recently. They sit on the book ledges in his nursery and I love switching them up every few weeks by rotating them around. We have built quite a collection of books, but I also get a lot from the library and from charity shops too, where there are some real bargains to be found.
My First 123- A First Black and White Book This is great because it has bold black and white contrast pictures of everyday things like animals and cars and also introduces them to numbers. Little L loves staring at the pictures.
That's Not My Monster by Fiona Watt- We have built up quite a collection from this series but we also find lots in the library too. They're great as they're not too long but have bright bold pictures in and lots of textures for little hands to explore. These were also LO's favourite books when he was a baby.
My Favourite Nursery Rhymes- Any kind of nursery rhyme book is great to have, especially if you're like me and can never remember the words. We do a lot of nursery rhymes at his baby groups and it's nice to have these to hand so we can do them at home too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Little Book by Eric Carle- This is definitely one of our favourite stories and this simplified version with a finger puppet caterpillar is perfect for a younger baby.
This Little Kitten- This is another simple and short book with big bold pictures and words and little fabric pieces on the kittens for babies to explore.
Touch and Feel Baby Animals- We go to our local library that much that they've started giving LO and Little L free books, they know us that well...! This was one they gave us and it's just a simple collection of real animal photos with a little patch of textured fabric on each animal.
Postman Bear-by Julia Donaldson- This was always one of LO's favourite books and he knows it off by heart now which is why I got it for Little L. It's so lovely that LO can recite bits of his favourite books to his brother now and it will really help him with learning to read as well. The books in this series are so simple but so lovely- and each page has a little door to open too.
Sneak-a-Peek Colours by Roger Priddy- Little L loves looking at this because the middle of the book is a hole and through it appears a mirror at the back of the book. Each page is themed around a different colour and it's just lovely, bright and simple.
So those are just some of our favourite books we like to read with Little L at the moment. We haven't really got into a bedtime reading routine yet as he doesn't really have a proper routine in the evenings yet, bar sleeping on us on the sofa until very late, having a late night feed, by which time we are all so exhausted for reading. It's mostly just daytime reading for now, but it's a great way to break up the day and it often wears him out which is always a bonus as he's not the best sleeper in the world...
What did/do you read to your babies? I'd love to know of any other good books to get.