One of the most exciting habits to develop with newborn babies is reading to them. You really don’t need to prepare very much in order to have a wonderful experience reading to your baby, but it can be hard to know what are the most entertaining books to read to your child.
Here is a list of the top 10 best books for reading to babies in 2011
Note: The annotations for each book were written by the “Best Books for Babies” committee:
• “A You’re Adorable” (board-book version, Candlewick Press, $6.99), written and illustrated by Martha Alexander.
“From cuddly puppies to bright balloons, costumed kids to bouncy babies, this board book offers entertaining illustrations on every page to help parents sing the praises of their very own special someone.”
• “ABC Kids” (Kingfisher, $17.99), written and illustrated by Simon Basher.
“Soft colors and simple lines make the pictures in this alphabet book perfect for “point-and-say” reading aloud to the very youngest listener; clever wordplay and unusual ideas keep things interesting and ensure that both parents and children will enjoy sharing the silliness as the years go by.”
• “All of Baby, Nose to Toes” (Dial Press, $6.99), written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata.
“In sweet pictures and cheerful rhymes, a loving extended family celebrates all the wonderful features of their beloved baby.”
• “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” (Chronicle Books, $16.99), written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.
“Although hardworking through the day, even trucks need to rest. With drowsy rhyming text, this book is the perfect way to share the end of the day with the very youngest truckers.”
• “Little Chicken’s Big Day” (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, $14.99), written and illustrated by Katie and Jerry Davis.
“The loving bond between parent and child comes through loud and clear in this brisk, humorous look at a busy day that features cartoon-style illustrations and a humorous repeated refrain.”
• “Little Pookie” (Robin Corey Books/Random House, $5.99), written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton.
“Counting down 10 unique qualities of her darling child, the pig mama in this fun rhyming board book just might inspire readers to catalog their own baby’s quirks and charms.”
• “My Face Book” (Star Bright Books, $5.95), no specific author or illustrator listed.
“Crisp, clear photographs of babies — smiling, frowning, yawning, silly and serious — are sure to capture the attention of young listeners who’ll likely return again and again to study the delightfully diverse faces found in this slim board book.”
• “My First Words” (Priddy Books, $5.99), written and illustrated by Roger Priddy.
“From the padded cover to the rounded pages and bright, clear illustrations, this collection of familiar objects, concepts and activities is perfectly designed to share with young listeners.”
• “Orange Pear Apple Bear” (board-book version, Little Simon, $7.99), written and illustrated by Emily Gravett.
“Gravett combines four simple words with amusing, energetic illustrations to create a playful book about seeing the world in creative ways (and tasting it, too).”
• “Red Sled” (2011 republished version, Atheneum, $16.99), written and illustrated by Lita Judge.
“This almost-wordless book reveals the unlikely nighttime adventures of a band of amusing animals who borrow a child’s sled to swoosh down hills in the snowy moonlight.”
** This list was taken from an article written by Karen MacPherson, in the Seattle Times who is the children’s/teen librarian at the Takoma Park, Md., Library. She can be reached at Kam.Macpherson@gmail.com.