I hope that Eleanor inherits a love of books from us, and with the amount of reading that happens in this house, it will be nearly impossible for her to avoid it.
I very clearly remember getting in trouble as a kid (maybe 7 or 8 years old) because I would stay up really late reading. I just loved to get lost in a book, so after bedtime I would get out my flashlight and get under the covers where I assumed no one would know I was still awake (hah!). My bedroom was visible from the stairway, and my mom would come halfway up the stairs and I would hear, “Alyssaaaaaaa… lights out.” Come to find out, T did something very similar!
Eleanor shows a preference for certain books over others, and I thought today I would share our favorite baby books. (These are for 6-9 months… If this is helpful, I’ll share more as she gets older!)
Books for bedtime
Stories are a big part of our bedtime routine. These all have some “goodnight” aspect to them.
Guess How Much I Love You (just a sweet story!)
A Lullaby for Little One (I already have this one memorized)
Goodnight Moon (a classic!)
Books for whenever
Aside from reading books at bedtime, we also frequently read during the day, especially if we are out on a long car ride or just need to settle down. (Not that E is wild at all – but sometimes she just needs something else to do other than play play play!) I love to snuggle up and read, though the books still need to have bright colors to keep her attention. We have read a few longer reads, like Make Way for Ducklings, but if there isn’t enough color, she’s like “See yaaaa” and tries to flip the page.
Puppy Makes Mischief (there are 2 different pages in this book that make her crack a smile as soon as I turn to them, no matter what!)
Welcome Little One (this one always makes me tear up)
Touch and feel books
Starting around 7 months, Eleanor really got interested in touch and feel books. She has about 5 different baby animal touch and feel books, and her favorite has a lion cub with sandpaper for the tongue. She’ll sit there and poke at that page alone for a few minutes!
Baby Animals Touch and Feel (this is the one with the sandpaper tongue for the lion cub!)
Are there any other baby books that your little one has loved that we should check out? We read 2-3 books every night, so I’m always looking for suggestions for new books!