Sunday, August 1, 2010

Best Books for Babies, Part II

Reading to infants is too often overlooked - adults may feel that this is a fun activitiy, but may not understand the true value of reading. To sum it up, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BRAIN! The brain grows exponentially between birth and the age of six. Brain wiring is incomplete at birth and by 3 months, the baby has more than 1,000 trillion brain synapses! After a baby's first birthday, pruning begins - connections that are not used begin to die. Reading to infants helps these connections grow and more importantly, helps them to survive.

Here are a few more of my favorite books for babies; there are hundreds more that I could share! I love books that relate to children of various races (like Baby Dance), books that have rhyming text (like Jamberry), books that encourage interaction (like Touch and Feel Animals), books that have predictable text (like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?) and books that are related to songs (like Baby Beluga).

I hope you enjoy these stories, but please tell me your favorites! 

Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree)JamberryTouch and Feel Animals Box Set

Guess How Much I Love YouBaby Beluga (Raffi Songs to Read)I Went Walking: Lap-Sized Board Book

 Everywhere BabiesIf You're Happy and You Know It (Baby Board Books)Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends)

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book

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