10 Must-Have Books for Baby

Octavian LOVES books.  They are his absolute favorite.  I remember when he was around 6 months old he figured out how to hold, open and manipulate the pages of his board books.  I will never forget the look on his face when he opened his Animals (touch and feel) book for the first time.  His whole world changed and his mind opened.  It was a picture of a cat and dog- his favorites.  A great big smile lit up his face, he looked at me, laughed, and open-mouth kissed the orange cat.  It was one of those sweet moments in motherhood that just make being a mom the best.

Since he was born I've learned a thing or two about buying books for babies:

  1. Board books are a must, unless you don't mind having your 6 month old viciously rip out all the pages and eat them.
  2. Touch a feel books - it took Octavian a while to notice the touch and feel part, but now, he'll sit for longer than 2.5 second (a miracle) and pick, touch, or try to eat the fur or velvet material on the page.
  3. You can never have too many books.  There have been a couple instances where I bought him new books thinking he would be so excited when I gave them to him.  If excitement equals throwing it on the floor and crawling away, well, then I did a pretty good job.  But then, on some random day, that book he once hated is now his new favorite.  There is only one book that he has always shown interest in since day one Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

Top 10 favorites:

Dear Zoo: A Lift the Flap Book By Rod Campbell

Go Dog. Go!  By P.D. Eastman

Pat the Bunny (touch and feel book) By Dorothy Kunhardt

The Little Engine That Could By Watty Piper

Moo, Baa, La La La!  By Sandra Boynton

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!  By Dr. Seuss

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle

Little Blue Truck By Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 

Animals (Baby Touch and Feel)- he goes crazy for this book!!!

^^^that orange cat and puppy. instant smiles.

^^^that orange cat and puppy. instant smiles.

What are you're must-have books for babies and toddlers?  

11 Month Update

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