Reading with babies that are 6 months-old to 12 months-old can be so much fun and there is a HUGE selection out there of fabulous books for this age group. They include everything form bright illustrations to touch-and-feel aspects that are wonderful. Below is a list of ten of our favorite books for this age group. They have been tried and tested over and over again in our home and we hope that you find a few new favorites yourself. Enjoy!
“Tails” by Matthew Van Fleet- This is hands down our favorite touch-and-feel book. I actually fell in love with it before I had kids and couldn’t wait to share it with my babies. It has all sorts of textures for babies to feel, flaps to lift, tabs to pull and tabs to slide.
“Good Night, Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann- I have read this book 800 kazillion times. Honestly. Our copy is so well loved that it has been taped back together with packing tape not one time, but two times. It may need a third here eventually…
“Baby Touch and Feel Cuddly Animals” by DK Publishing- This book has been with us to the zoo, the mall, friends houses and just about everywhere. It is small enough that it has lived half of its life in our diaper bag and never ceases to entertain.
“Peek-A-Zoo” by Nina Laden- This one is still in constant demand at our house even though my babies aren’t quite babies anymore. I think its winning feature, other than the genius and simple rhymes, is the mirror at the back. My little girl acts like she is discovering it for the first time every time.
“My Very First Book of Shapes” by Eric Carle- This book has flaps on the top with shape silhouettes and flaps of items in those shapes on the bottom. That makes it a matching game and its unique format has completely won us over. You’d think they’d get tired of matching shapes, but they don’t.
“Little Green Peas” by Keith Baker- I think I love this one just as much as my kids. It introduces colors in such a fun way, but the stars are all the little peas that dot each page. Every time we read this one my little guy wants to study every detail of every illustration with me. It takes forever and I love it.
“The Napping House” by Audrey Wood and Don Wood- This book is a new classic for a reason! the illustrations are phenomenal and the story is just the right amount of hilarious as the tension builds to a big ending. It repeats the same phrases/vocabulary over and over again so it is still perfect for tiny bookworms.
“Flyaway” by Lesley Barnes- In my opinion this has got to be one of the prettiest board/hard books ever created! It is a clever twist on a counting book with flaps to lift and a bird to find on each page. It has my whole heart.
“A Day With Pepe and Millie” by YaYo Kawamura- This board book has all the fun features that my kids want in interactive books, but the features are thick and sturdy enough to handle babies playing with them. That is a huge plus in my book! In addition the design is darling and it talks about everyday topics that are great for babies.
“Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman- You really can’t go wrong with this classic can you? It’s no surpass that both my babies love it and I am thrilled to pass on a book that was read to me as a child. It makes it special.
Any BabyLit Book (Two of our favorites are Secret Garden and Little Women by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver)- I haven’t met a BabyLit book that I didn’t like and I’ve read quite a bit. Each one has stunning, bright illustrations that are eye catching for babies and feature vocabulary for them to learn with the illustrations. Perfection.
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