Reading is becoming a lost art with all the digital devices and all the online resources, much like long division went out the door with the popularity of calculators. But reading is different. Those that can not read fluently with good comprehension usually have lower grades in school, they are less imaginative, and less worldly. For example, reading The Call of the Wild teaches children about dogs, dog handlers, snow sleds, etc, etc. in additon to the story itself.
Reading to your baby is not time wasted. The baby is absorbing the activity. Somehow, the experience of the sounds of the words, the familar voice, and the friendly pictures in the book all stick in the baby's mind to be accessed in the years ahead. Reading to your baby establishes a habit that will enrich your child's entire life.
The Peek-a-Boo Forest by Lamaze is a great starter story time book to read to a baby. It has six big, beautifully colored, patterned, and textured pages with great rhymes that might be the baby's first words. There is scientific evidence that rhymes are easier to remember than free verse, (words that do not rhyme, but still have a beat). After reading this little rhyme book to the baby, it can just read to the baby over and over again. Let those words sink in, let the rhythm and tempo sink in. Parents report good results and happy babies!
What we like: We like that the pages are soft, wipe-able cloth because our baby likes to be up close and sometimes drools a bit. Also, we fully believe that rhymes accelerate a baby's development.
This book, First 100 Words Lift the Flap by Roger Priddy is a million-copy best seller. Plenty of studies have documented the first hundred words learned by babies and Roger Priddy had put those hundred words into a colorful board book. With this book, you can give a baby a big head start. The baby will see pictures and a label, in bold, of all those most common things in everyday life; cat, dog, etc. etc. Many books have a few of these words, but First 100 Words Lift the Flap has all 100 of them. After a parent goes through this book a few times, the baby will want to flip the pages all by itself. Perfect!
What we like: What we like is that our baby fell in love with this board book right away. This is always his first choice from his collection of books in his room.
Baby’s First Books by Sassy is a bundle of four books for a baby. This bundle is unique in that one of the the books is made with washable cloth fabric pages. Another, Dotty and Friends comes with a handle for the baby to grasp. Two others have spaces for family photos so that the baby always feel at home while viewing the books. All of these books have very bright colors that have been shown to enhance a baby's visual perception. Easily stored and maintained. A very good start to baby's library.
What we like: We like that we could put pictures of our baby's older brother and sister in two of the books. He really likes seeing them inside his books. He thinks they are famous now. Also, we like that these books are easily cleaned.
The First 100 Words by Roger Priddy is one of the best ways to give a baby a head start with words, which means, a head start with the alphabet and with spelling. The book includes the first 100 words that are most commonly spoken by babies. Let's face it, if we know in advance what those first 100 words will be, why would we wait and just let it happen by chance. Give the baby a book that is known to accelerate learning words: The First 100 Words by Roger Priddy.
What we like: We like that this book gives us advanced knowledge of our baby's first 100 words. With this book on hand, we know what to emphasize, what to repeat, we know how to talk to our baby and he's learning sooo fast!!
The Disney Mickey Mouse My First Books by Bendon Publishing is a set of four sturdy, thick, board books that are easy to handle and carry, and can take a beating. These four books introduce the ABCs, numbers, colors, and shapes. These books could be a baby's first exposure to this information or it could be great reinforcement. Featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy means that the baby's attention will be glued to the books. Great for anytime especially a long ride in the car.
What we like: We like that our baby is totally captivated by the Disney characters in these books. He can't wait to go through them again and again.
Roger Priddy’s First 100 Animals will quickly get your baby acquainted with the first one hundred most common animals that the baby will ever hear about. The baby may quickly recognize cats, dogs, and birds, so from there the baby's animal knowledge can be built. This is very good preparation for school days as the baby then will be drawing and coloring animals. Priddy's First 100 Animals board book contains very colorful pictures of animals with an accompanying bold label in order to help the baby with letters and words. Excellent selection!
What we like: We like that Roger Priddy’s First 100 Animals board book has beautiful, colorful pictures of such a wide variety of animals, such as, eagle, deer, alligator, frog, pony, etc. etc. Our daughter loves this book!
Roger Priddy has done it again, another best selling baby's learning book: Number Colors Shapes by Roger Priddy. This durable, board book will capture a baby's attention with wide-open eyes as each page is turned revealing big colorful shapes and numbers, each having a large label in bold print. This book is small, about 4 inches by 4 inches so it is very easy for a baby to grasp and the pages inside are extra strong. Lots of babies have learned their colors and numbers with this Priddy board book!
What we like: We like that the book is small enough for our baby to hold on to and it fits just right in the baby's lap. The colors and numbers are very bright, that helps to hold the baby's attention.
The First Sounds Book Set and Cube by Sassy is a set of books for little baby's, in that, it emphasizes the 'ma-ma' and 'da-da' sounds throughout the books. The cube is a block containing a jingle-bell and is covered with fabric that has pictures on it. This entire set is baby-safe and chew-safe, since the little babies are probably teething at this age. This set is paint, phthalate and BPA free and the pages are made of soft material covered with very thin plastic so they are bendable.
What we like: We like that this set is paint, phthalate and BPA free and that it meets all child safety standards because we are very careful when buying toys for our two babies.
The Explore and Discover Soft Book Toy by Baby Einstein is a one-of-a-kind baby book because it comes with a large clip in order that it can be attached to a baby's carriage, bassinet, crib, car seat, stroller, etc. etc. This baby book is made of fabric pages so the baby will love to touch it and it even has crinkles built in. The book is made of entirely baby-safe materials in case the baby puts it in it's mouth. Overall, one can not go wrong with this baby book!
What we like: We like that this book is made with all baby-safe materials, that the pages are made with soft fabric, and that it so easily clips to our car seat.
The My First Pets Book for Baby by Playgro is another baby book that comes with a clip that can attach the book to the baby's carriage, bassinet, crib, car seat, stroller, etc. etc. Each page emits a crinkly sound in order to encourage a baby to grasp and turn another page. In the beginning, a baby might want to just flip though all the pages just to hear the crinkle and that's a good start. This little book has all soft, cloth covers and pages in order that it is very gentle on a baby.
What we like: We like that the clip on this book can attach even to our baby's wrist safely. And we like that all the pages are soft fabric. Our baby loves it!