Reading to Your Baby

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The teacher in me loves books, like all other teachers do, but the mom in me loves books SO much more! I love watching my wiggly baby sit still and listen intently to a story. He loves books with bright pictures, flaps to lift, and musical rhymes. And most of all, it brings me so much joy to watch him pick up a book, independently, and begin turning the pages as he babbles to himself. 

Every day, I make it a goal to read my baby at least three books. Sometimes it happens all in one sitting, and sometimes it is spread out. My favorite moments are when we've already read three books and he is still sitting quietly in my lap, waiting for more! So we read more, and more! Sometimes we read all the books in his basket twice and I feel like my heart might burst. Reading to my baby creates an open dialogue between the two of us (this helps with speech), and it gives us an opportunity to cuddle, which is so important for me and my baby.

Like I already mentioned, I might be a bit obsessed with children's literature, and my little guy has quite an impressive collection of board books. We have them in lots of different areas... the family room, his room, the loft, the car, and I always have a few small books in my diaper bag. The picture above shows where we keep his books in the family room. They are on a low shelf, were he can reach them (which is so important) and he can get them down whenever he wants. All day long, he pulls this book basket down, goes through all of his books, and makes a mess of them. I am constantly putting his books away, but that's okay with me. I love that he knows where to find them, and he can "read" whenever he wants to. I also switch these books out with other books from time to time, so he doesn't get bored of them.

I've made a list of our favorite board books so far. Since I'm a boy mom, I've picked 5 board books that I know all baby boys will love, but I'm sure little girls will love them, too. Our favorite book (and it was also my favorite as a little girl) is Dear Zoo. It is such a fun book to read and the flaps are quite sturdy, so he can't just rip them off (he's tried). My little buddy will sit and listen to this story over and over again!

What are your favorite board books? Please share! 
We are always looking for new, fun books to add to our ever-growing collection.

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