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Ever since my daughter was a tiny baby she was fascinated by the books on our shelves (we've got a lot of them). Whenever she cried, I would bring her over to the bookshelves and she would stop and sometimes she'd even fall asleep.
We got her a bookshelf of her own and filled it with all the books I got at my baby shower (my mom had everyone bring their favorites and filled a big treasure chest with them). She liked looking at all those books too.
One day, when she was about three months old, I thought I'd really rock her world. I brought her to Borders bookstore. She smiled and cooed and gurgled.
But the funny thing is, she never actually liked to "read" the books. She just liked to look at them. If I opened one to read to her, she looked away. But that was months ago and she was probably just too young. Now that she's into looking inside books, we read all the time. Here are some of her favorites:
Where is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz. My daughter loves this book because it has all kinds of flaps that she can lift and peek under. She is so proud of herself when she does it. Karen Katz has also written several other fun lift-the-flap books, including Where is Baby's Birthday Cake and Peek-a-Baby.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We have it in a supersized version, so at one time, it was the same size as the baby. She loves the big colorful illustrations. The picture of the big fat caterpillar and the big beautiful butterfly are her favorites.
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz; illustrated by Dona Turner. A different color ribbon appears as you turn each page until you have all the colors of the rainbow. The last page is a pop-up rainbow. Who doesn't love a pop-up rainbow?
What are your baby's favorite books?