Inside: 5 of our all-time favorite baby books for a one year old.
This is the second in a series I’m writing about our favorite baby items used in Annabelle’s first year– this week I’m sharing our picks for the best baby books for a one year old.
Best Baby Books For a One Year Old
In our youngest daughter’s first few months of life we received books here and there as gifts, but I was skeptical that a baby would enjoy staring at words on a page.
Well this little girl proved me wrong in a big way — she LOVES her books. In fact, when she wakes up in the morning, she heads straight to her book basket (instead of the toy basket!)
It definitely helps that we have made reading a priority in our family, and that her big sis is also an avid reader. Our oldest will sit with her baby sister on the rug and they will go through every single book in the basket, and she’s even taught her to memorize some of the words! They are so cute together I can barely stand it!
With another little girl on the way (#3!), I’m dusting off our favorite baby books for a one year old to get ready!
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Here are our top five well-loved (and well-worn) baby books:
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1. Sleep (Baby Faces) by Roberta Grobel Intrater
This was our daughter’s very first book, given to her at one of her early doctor checkups, and her longtime favorite (as you can probably tell by its condition!) She enjoys looking at pictures of babies and would even make a kissy noise when we got to this page (above). It’s still in the daily rotation.
2. Roar, Roar, Baby! by Karen Katz
We have quite a few selections from Karen Katz’ adorable “lift-the-flap book” series, but this is the hands-down number one!
I was amazed when our 6-month-old started lifting the peek-a-boo pages on her own — again, I had no idea what babies were capable of!
She loves to point at all the animals (shown as a group on the last page) while you say their names out loud. Somehow, it’s as if she has flipped the script and is quizzing YOU.
3. Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton
This book comes with a bonus– there is a free song you can download to play along with it. The song is insanely catchy and I often find myself singing it throughout the day. Our little one starts bouncing as soon as it starts!
4. Clifford’s Animal Sounds by Norman Bridwell
Our oldest daughter has read this book out loud to her baby sister so many times and has apparently coached her to say the animal sounds at just the right moment.
She will pause so our youngest can join in: “Bow wow!” Clifford was a favorite when I was growing up, and this is a cute rhyming story.
5. TouchThinkLearn: Numbers by Xavier Deneux
This book is of superb quality — constructed of a cardboard thick enough that even our overly-enthusiastic “reader” can’t bend the pages. I can leave her alone with the book and not worry about her destroying it. The images are textured, which she especially enjoys.
These are our Top Five Best Baby Books for a One Year Old! What are your favorites?