By seventh months of age your baby is likely beginning to grasp the idea of what a book is. However, as early as two months old she can experience the tactile aspects of a book. As board books can stand up to lots of batting around and even chewing, they are the perfect way to share the love of reading with your young child. Be sure to make them just as accessible as her toys and other belongings. Stack them on a table, lay them on the floor, place them in your baby's crib.
When choosing board books select those with illustrations that reflect a child's world. Young children like identifying everyday objects. Other babies' faces are also interesting to them. Choose books with bright, simple pictures--a strong visual component--and few words. Avoid books with too much clutter and those with battery operated bells and whistles. They can be overstimulating.
Recommended Board Books
Here are some great board book recommendations for your baby or toddler. You might even want to purchase your own personal "chewable" copy for keeps!
Look, Look! – Peter Linenthal
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? – Karen Katz
Moo, Baa, La La La! – Sandra Boynton
But Not the Hippopotamus – Sandra Boynton
Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces – Jane Wattenburg
Babies – Gyo Fujikawa
Color Zoo and Color Farm – Lois Ehlert
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow
Little Blue Truck – Alice Shertle
My Car – Byron Barton
No No Yes Yes – Leslie Patricelli
Gossie – Olivier Dunrea
Llama Llama Red Pajama – Anna Dewdney
Kitten’s First Full Moon - Kevin Henkes
More More More, Said the Baby – Vera B. Williams
I Like It When – Mary Murphy
Peekaboo Morning – Rachel Isadora
Pat the Bunny – Dorothy Kunhardt
The Telephone Book – Dorothy Kunhardt
Cook in a Book: Pancakes! – Lotta Nieminen
Press Here – Herve Tullet
Heads and Tails – Matthew Van Fleet
Created with images by Kelli McClintock - "untitled image" • 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič - @specialdaddy - "untitled image" • Colin Maynard - "Baby Toys" • Picsea - "Story Time with Daddy" • Melanie Medina - "His first birthday at Honey’s House. Radio Flyer and Sophie the Giraffe are his faves today! We had other plans for pictures. But, he was so content with this book in our back yard! I will never forget this day. This little one is our first “Grand” - and he has stolen our hearts!" • Stephen Andrews - "untitled image"