Babies love to read. Okay, they love it when you read to them and they love to turn the pages of a board book and babble at the pictures. (They love to eat the books, too, but that's another story.)
The best books for the tiny reader should not only be visually exciting, but have great rhythm and rhyme so we can get them excited about what they see on the page. Oh and a great message works, too.
Here are 5 fantastic board books for your littlest bookworm.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) $13.68 from Barnes & Noble
How can you not love a book about a little truck who helps out a big dump truck with a bunch of animals thrown in? Don't worry, no road rage here, well, a little but Little Blue fixes it. This is an excellent book with a great message of being nice to others so others are nice to you. It's fun to read with lots of beep, beep, beeps and the always favorite animal sounds. Moo! Try not to get tongue-twisted.
Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton $16.95 from Borders
It's hard to resist any book by Sandra Boynton -- they are simple and are often sing-a-longs. Beware though -- all of them will get stuck in your head. Enter Perfect Piggies! with a bonus: A little piggy stuffed animal, bringing the main character to life. Use it to help you tell the story when you read it to your little one ... even if stuffed animals are overrunning your house.
Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug by J.D. Lester, Hiroe Nakata (Illustrator) $7.99 from Random House
This book has super cute illustrations of many kinds of daddies (human, feline, monkey) and the nicknames they have for each other. The whale baby says, "Daddy calls me shoo-be-doo, we sing an ocean song" and the caterpillar says, "Daddy calls me itty bit, a teeny tiny measure." You can say each one in a different voice -- get creative! You can also pair it with Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants.
A Magical Day With Matisse by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober $6.95 from Pacifier
Does your baby like to paint with poo? If not, lucky you! But for any and all art loving little ones, this book is perfect. Of course, you don't have to be super into art to love this book -- it just tells a story through super pretty Matisse paintings that you won't mind your kids nibbling on.
Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink Boxed Set by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace (Ilustrator) $13.95 from Amazon
The Little Pea eats candy all day but craves spinach, the Little Owl wants to sleep, and the Little Oink wants to clean up. Adorable! Your baby might not get the message right now, but the rhymes will get her excited. Plus, you'll never be bored reading these over and over again.
What book are you getting for your little bookworm?