Books for Baby

 By: Susie B      Edited By: Maia L

I was considering writing an article about possible names for Julie’s baby boy, but I had a change of heart. The name is more of a parents-only decision. So instead I decided to write about book recommendations for the little man. After all, GPLC and many of us in Compass AmeriCorps promote literacy on a daily basis! After spending some time with the recommended books below, little Walker will be the coolest and smartest fellow in town!

Ages 0-2

For the first couple of years, it is best to have board books for babies. Little ones don’t quite have the concept down of gently turning the pages. Also, anything in the baby’s vicinity tends to end up in his mouth. So baby books need to be able to endure some abuse and some slobber.

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1. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Actually ANY book by Karen Katz is a sure-win! Her books are wonderful for the tiniest of babies and the illustrations are lovely as well. This book encourages kisses. Kisses from mama, daddy, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, the dog – everybody! It also starts teaching the baby about numbers and counting. All while being fantastically adorable!

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2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler

Illustrations in books are very important and babies will love looking at the pictures in this text. Also, as the baby grows, he can learn about the parts of his body with this book. Mama Julie can sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes with the little guy to help get some movement into the learning process as well.

Image3. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

This board book is silly in addition to being educational. Baby Walker will learn about animals and the sounds they make. As baby grows, he can interact with Mama by making the appropriate sounds when she names an animal.

Image4. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

This board book teaches about babies all around the world. Compass AmeriCorps is all about embracing cultures, so Baby W can learn early about acceptance and love for people around the world. Proceeds of this purchase also go to the Global Fund for Children, so Little Baby W can get an early lesson about nonprofits and philanthropy!

Ages 3-4

Toddlers/Preschoolers are growing in so many ways! They’re dealing with physical growth, language development, and learning about letters, colors, shapes, numbers, etc. It is a fun time to watch how a child can grow and how he really loves learning.

Image1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Much like how Karen Katz books are perfect for babies, Eric Carle books are beautiful and great for preschoolers. Little Walker will get to experience a story about a creature being very hungry, while enhancing his knowledge of colors, counting, food names, and science!

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2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

We all know that Dr. Seuss is a necessity in every child’s library of books. He was when we were kids, and he still is today. This book pairs Dr. Seuss’s silly illustrations with introductions to letters and words. Perfect for a learner in preschool!

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3. The Big Shiny Sparkly First Words Book by Willabel Tong

This book is great for keeping a child’s attention! There are many wonderful things to look at and to play with. Preschoolers love when books have flaps to lift. Little Baby W will have fun exploring what is under each flap and seeing small words in preparation for beginning to read.

Ages 5-6

It is already time for baby to go to kindergarten! These books will help him adjust to being in school. He will also be able to practice his reading skills so he can be successful in kindergarten and for years to come!

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1. Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle

This is a funny story which deals with real life problems. Little man is going to be starting kindergarten so he needs to know about appropriate ways to deal with such things as listening to the teacher and the best way to handle farting in school. Maybe a book for Dad to read with his son, but funny for all.

Image2. I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown

Though I might be giving into gender stereotypes here, it is quite possible that little Walker will be into boy things like farting and bugs. If this is true, I Like Bugs is a great book which teaches about the different kinds of bugs one might see outside. It also features large-text and easy words that are perfect for a beginning reader.

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3. Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is a series of books which feature the coolest cat in town. The Walkers have a couple of cats now, so it is likely that Little Walker will have an interest as well. This book teaches about the different aspects of going to school, all while using cool rhymes and fun illustrations. It even comes with a CD to sing along with! Because school is cool- and so is reading!

This list is obviously not complete. There are thousands of amazing books for babies out there that would be perfect for the Walker family. If you have any of your own suggestions, feel free to comment below!

Sources: Amazon.com, Parents.com

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