Books for Babies

By Leca
@lecanis (16661)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
January 21, 2007 11:17am CST
I have a son who is almost 8 months old. Everywhere I go, there's someone telling me how important it is to read to him. I agree that it's important. I'm a very avid reader, and I want him to love it as much as I do. I'm at a bit of a loss as to which books to get for him though. I didn't read kid's books as a child: the first books I remember reading were my father's horror novels that I first start pulling off his bookshelf when I was about four years old. I want my son to experience childhood, including books for children, but I have no idea which ones he will enjoy, or which ones are good for his development. When I go to the store, I see shelf after shelf of tie-in books for kids from Disney movies, children's tv shows, etc. I don't even have a clue where to start! Does anyone have any recommendations of good books to read to a baby?
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@XxAngelxX (2830)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
If he is only 8 months old right now, I think any books that have lots of color will be interesting to him. At this stage it's more about getting into the habit of reading than what the book is actually about as he is not really old enough yet to understand the stories. When he gets older though, I definitely recommend the Robert Munch books. They are fabulous books written from a child's aspect. Definitely great reading!!
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@haze06 (241)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
You should get your baby a book with good illustration and story. Among the top 5 books for babies accoring to some reviews are: 1. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister - it has calming calming colors and an excellent bed-time story book. 2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - it's a best seller classic book in bright colors and simple pictures. 3. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 4. Pat the Bunny - Dorothy Kunhardt 5. Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth - It's a 3D illustration which is a very good book for infants.
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
21 Jan 07
Thanks for the suggestions! Oooo... 3D! That sounds like tons of fun!
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@brihanna (381)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Absolutely!!!!
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@gberlin (3836)
22 Jan 07
Cardboard picture books that are 3D and have different textures that your child can feel. Books with text can come later. It is always ok to read to them no matter what their age. I also gave my kids old JC Penney and Sears catalogs to look at. They liked turning the pages by themselves and it didn't matter if they ripped them.
• Melbourne, Florida
21 Jan 07
Dr. Suess was my kids favorites. I think it's because of the sing songy way the are written and the crazy colorful characters. One fish two fish red fish blue fish, and hand hand fingers thumb. I think I can still say those two books from memory. My son wanted those two everynight for a really long time.
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@loved1 (5332)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I have taken several classes to educate myself about promoting literacy in children. These experts always recommend nursery rhymes. Anything by Dr. Seuss is always good too. I also love the Berenstein bears books or the Little Critter books. Really, it does not matter what you read to the baby, just that you read. It is the tone of your voice and the fact that you are showing him that books are interesting that matters. It is also good to let him see you reading a book of your own. He will want to copy you!
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
21 Jan 07
Well, we certainly don't have to worry about whether he'll se me reading or not! I've alwasys got my head stuck in a book, if I'm not online or playing with him. Thanks for the suggestions!
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
22 Jan 07
but can a 8month old baby understand the importance of reading.i think he will just tear the book up.
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
that is why you read them thick cardboard and cloth books.
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@owlwings (43033)
• Cambridge, England
21 Jan 07
The most important thing is to talk to him as if he were just another person (perhaps an adult? Some people talk to their cats and dogs that way, too). It makes sense. You want him, eventually, to interact as an adult so why not start behaving to him as if he is one? He won't understand the words but he will understand the tone of voice and learn the proper inflexions. The same with reading. Of course he needs to look at the pictures and associate them with the words (yes, even at 8 months he can - but only for maybe 10 minutes). Therefore, go to your bookstore, browse through the books. Choose ones with pictures and words that you know you can read out loud. Choose ones that make YOU laugh! The importance of a story is that it can be told over and over again, like something which you love handling every time you pick it up. Books I know work (and that's just a few off the top of my head!) are "The Hungry Caterpillar", "The Tiger who came to tea", "Ant and Bee" (really a very early introduction to reading, so a little early yet, but never mind!), the "Little Bear" books by Anglund. I don't know if you can find those but if you do, they will become firm favorites! The other thing to do is to sit with him looking at a magazine and pictures and just commenting to him on the pictures. You will be very surprised, I think, if after a while you say something like 'Can you see the red coat?' or 'Can you show me the bananas?' how easily he can learn to point and show that he understands even before he can use the words himself. Don't overdo it, however. 5 or 10 minutes quality time like this is quite enough at first!
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
21 Jan 07
Thank you for your post! How wonderfully helpful! I suppose I hadn't really thought about "how" to read to my child, just thought about what books to read. I have tried reading him stories before out of "story books" but often they're longer than his attention span. I never realized how much never reading children's books and pretty much only reading by myself (never being read to) hurt me when it came to preparing to be a parent myself!
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@alaguc (61)
• India
21 Jan 07
your son is 8 months old.....and babies usually like bright coloured things tht can capture their attention...id say start with a big colourful book full of pictures and few words....he'l love it...
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I have a baby that is 8 months and he loves books with lots of colors. I bought some of those first word books and animals books. I take care of children in my home and I read them books too and he will just sit there and watch me read to them.
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• India
21 Jan 07
well u can start with some good visual books..that ll make ur child feel interetsed in studying books!!!!!!!
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@rubypatson (1842)
• India
21 Jan 07
From what age do you start reading to a child. I thought 8 months is too young for that, but you can start buying the pictures book and read out the names of fruits vegetables animals etc with good pictures or Just alphabets also will do i think for that age
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@deebomb (15315)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Little Critter - 
There's a new kid in town who has everything Little Critter wants -- a Super Streak scooter, his own cell phone, and even a limousine! But Little Critter soon realizes that he has something money cannot buy -- a family who loves and adores him.
I and my grandkids loved the Mercer Mayer books. When you son is about 18 months to 24 months he might like them They have a really cute way of dealing with like. Like taking a bath or potty traing, spending time with grandma, having a new brother and going shopping. You'll just have to check them out. http://www.littlecritter.com/
@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I know when my neice was this age she loved the Disney books, in particular the Beauty and The Beast. At 8 months it is mostly just the colors of the book, the pictures, and then the sound of the reader reading to them. It's the interaction and time with the parent that is important. As they get older they understand more that the words on the pages are what is being read. They will in time figure out that mommy is reading to them. They will then get more interested in what other books say and will want to learn themselves.
@karlana (55)
• United States
21 Jan 07
At this age, most books with colors or pictures are good. Also, any book that has one word for each page and picture is awesome because when are reading to him, you can point to the word and then the picture, which will stimulate the connection between certain words and pictures and will help him develop his vocabulary. But don't feel you have to just read "baby" books. With both of my children, I have read classics and other books I have enjoyed. My son has had Harry Potter read to him, and even though there are no pictures, it is always soothing to hear your consistent voice. I usually read these types of books before he goes to bed.
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• China
22 Jan 07
you are a avid reader. your son is only 8 months, 1.the book he show his interesting is a good book,so you will try many book so that you can get it, and you must have a plan to know what is your goal, and you must set a plan arround this goal. i know, read can help him to get more knowledge, but i think it is more important to give health to him
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• India
22 Jan 07
this is easy for u to find..u can just consult the shopkeeper..he will be selecting the best for u.. at first u got find out the taste of ur child nd act accordingly,,,u can provide him the books that he wishes easily a....me too had no experience as i too have neve r read books like ta.... better luck for u
• Pakistan
22 Jan 07
Todays babes r not interested in books they love games
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@suju15 (184)
• India
22 Jan 07
As far as I know, the mental development of intelligence is far greater in infancy, than in later years.Talking to the baby, and reading to him, showing him pictures, all lead to some learning skills.See the movie, "babies day out", and you will appreciate this concept far better.This time will never get back for you or the baby, so make full use and have no regrets later.
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
22 Jan 07
i usually buy audio[visual cds for my 4 year old daughter.if i buy books for her then i will have to sit down with her and explain it to her.
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• India
22 Jan 07
its simple just go and meet to a docter he would tell u what kind of book u should buy where it will be avaliable
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@chebin (286)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
I have a 4-month old baby and i've been reading books to him when he's just less than month :) May I suggest Goodnight Moon (by brown / hurd). My son loves it, he sometimes fall asleep while looking at the pictures :) Baby Einstein also offers a wide selectoin of books for different ages :) try also nursery rhymes book, doesn;t matter if you sing in tune or not, i'm sure your baby won't mind :)
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@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
Just go to the library and ask the librarian whats a good book for kids. I'm sure they will give you some good suggestions.
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