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post #21 of 45
I am incredibly lucky that I have a baby who just LOVES to be read to .

He will be 4 months old on Wednesday and I have been reading books to him since he was about 6 weeks old. I try to make an effort to sit down and read to him at least once a day, and we will read a pile of 5-6 books.

His favourites are anything from the 'Thats not my....' books.

Peepo (heres a little baby 1,2,3....)
5 Little Ducks
Time for bed (a sweet little rhyming story about all the baby animals getting ready for bed)
post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by newmamalizzy View Post
Just curious - I thought I would be reading to DD all the time from the second she entered the world, but so far she really hasn't enjoyed it. At first the pictures in the books made her upset and she'd start to cry the second we opened a book. Then there was a short window when we could read a little bit. Now she really likes to hear me read aloud, but only if I'm holding a book and she's somewhere else. Otherwise she just wants to eat the book. When did your baby start wanting to follow along with a picture with you?
My son is 3 and just started to take an interest in reading.
post #23 of 45
DS loved to read as soon as he could visually focus ( I think 4-5 months) I found for us though he has more interest in 'older' books. He never liked the baby board books.

He loves Sandra Boynton Board book now, but when he was younger (and still does) loved http://www.amazon.com/Food-Thought-J.../dp/0439110181 and all other books buy this guy. He would sit through the entire book (50 pgs or so) at 7-8 months. How are you peeling is shorter and he liked that more 5-7 months. We don't however let him play with these books.

He now pretends to read (or maybe he is and I just don't understand him ) Usually he'll have me read a book through 1-2x and then he'll play with it. He's also pointing at pictures now (not requested but just general pointing.) And is just starting to like Dr. Seuss

Dh says the way I read sounds like one of those child book tape recordings so that may have to do with his high interest.

I think it depends on the kid and what else they have to entertain them.
post #24 of 45
My guy just turned a year, and its only been in the last month hes shown any interest. He does chew on his books, but he'll chew on anything that holds still (like the cats tail) - we're in teething he!!. But every morning while im laying in bed he crawls over to his bookshelf and pulls down a few books, sits and flips through them. He is fascinated. He definitely has his favorites (so does daddy), but he seems to really like them. We got a few bath books as well, and he sat in my lap last night for 20 min in the bathtub reading that book over and over.

ETA: he doesnt get paper books read to him - hes a paper eater. When he was in his book ripping stage i gave him an old phone book and let him destroy that.
post #25 of 45
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Vivi, just this week, has started going to the stack of good board books ("good" as in "well-written") and dragging them over to me. .
What board books would you recommend? I don't really like any of ours. Mostly I don't like the pictures, I don't think they're clear enough for a baby to see and understand. I have them saved from dd1 but might buy new ones for dd2 if yours are so good! I don't really like library board books, they're always chewed up, and then my baby will chew on them, yuck.
post #26 of 45
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Originally Posted by Plarka View Post
What board books would you recommend? I don't really like any of ours. Mostly I don't like the pictures, I don't think they're clear enough for a baby to see and understand. I have them saved from dd1 but might buy new ones for dd2 if yours are so good! I don't really like library board books, they're always chewed up, and then my baby will chew on them, yuck.
I'll be honest- her current favorite, "Charlie Chick," is the dumbest book ever, but it has a rubber chick that squeaks when you press it, and she loves it.

Our "good ones" include: "Goodnight Gorilla," some Eric Carle books, "Guess How Much I Love You" (which Daddy has to read bc it reduces me to a quivering mess of tears!), and a few that have photos of babies' faces, which she loves. I keep forgetting to pick up some of the Pat The ____ books; maybe this thread will remind me- I read a couple to her at our last trip to B&N and she seemed to really like them.

We have roughly 200 board and very-little-kid books (thank God for library sales!), and she gets 2-3 new ones a week that we read once then put back on the shelf. Those are mostly to keep me from losing my ever-loving mind.

(And not to be a broken record, but The Read Aloud Handbook (which the librarian in charge of the library book sale practically begged me to buy after noticing that we were clearing the place out) is 50% about why and how to read aloud, and 50% WHAT to read, broken up by age. BRILLIANT suggestions, and it's updated with each revision. We have an older edition, but the suggestions are just terrific.)
post #27 of 45
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i guess it's kind of like me putting dd on my back and just going about my day as opposed to "stimulating" her with baby stuff. does that make any sense?
I completely understand this and we don't have a handbook. I think the sense that some might be getting is that you feel that you don't need baby books for a baby because most of them are poorly written and anyway, you don't want a baby tearing up books.

Which I agree with. Books that rhyme but do not scan at all really bug the heck out of me.

However, many are not poorly written and others don't get torn up. So if you're interested in those, a handbook might help. It helps sort out the really irritating books from the quality ones which is hard if you are otherwise disconnected from that whole scene.
post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by Plarka View Post
What board books would you recommend?
Some board books I consider good:
Goodnight Moon
More More More Said the Baby
Goodnight Gorilla
Sandra Boynton books, especially The Going to Bed Book
My Many Colored Days
The Runaway Bunny
Jamberry
Big Red Barn

Is Your Mama a Llama? annoys me, but my kids liked it.
post #29 of 45
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more more more said the baby

we love this book!
post #30 of 45
Cleo the cat and Put me in the zoo are DS' favorites so far, but we got 30-something books yesterday, so that may change.

A momma friend and fellow MDCer gave us the sets of books i referenced in my previous post - those were ones that she had at home for her 2yo and liked.
post #31 of 45
The only book Sam seemed to enjoy so far was: "You Can Eat a Rainbow," but I think it was just the bright colors. I read to him when I nurse him before his bedtime. I like the Frog and Toad books or Dr. Suess. He doesn't look at the pictures or anything, it's just my voice.

I'm getting The Read Aloud Handbook from the library. Thanks for the rec!
post #32 of 45
I tried reading from birth on with DS but he only started being interested last summer - so at about 2.5. With DD it was a bit earlier. 2 and a few months. But definitely not before 2. (Years, not months.)
post #33 of 45
DD loves those pet-the-animal-fur books. She's had them since she was about 7 months, and these days, at almost 1, she delicately turns the pages, pulls the fur, makes the animal sounds, and follows the words with her finger and babbles. I love it! She gets that words are something, and she's making up her own babble story.

We've always read to her, but I guess we started trying to sit her up and follow along when she was about 3-4 months old. At fist she'd have patience for a page, then slowly was able to follow along a little longer. She still flips back to the front cover, though, so we rarely cover more tan a couple of pages. But it's fun just to watch her handle the book and interpret the pictures and words. I'm hoping she'll be a ravenous reader, like her Daddy and me.
post #34 of 45
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Wow, this has been a great discussion. It's really neat to hear how different each baby is with respect to reading and books. I'm looking forward to checking out the Read-Aloud Handbook and some of the recommended board books. And SilverFish, I also have a collection of children's books from when my sister and I were young that I absolutely treasure, in a physical sense. I'm eager for DD to start hearing those wonderful stories, but there is no way she's getting her hands (or mouth) on those books for quite some time!
post #35 of 45
not to hijack but i've been dying to have sandra boynton explained to me.
i just don't get it....am i missing something?????
post #36 of 45
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not to hijack but i've been dying to have sandra boynton explained to me.
i just don't get it....am i missing something?????

What don't you get? a particular book?

She mostly does opposites, rhyming, labels in a funny poem singsong way. My DS thinks they are funny when read with voices, ie weak and Strong.
post #37 of 45
We started reading to DS before he was born. He put up with it just fine as a newborn, but went through a phase (about 10 months to 16 months, maybe?) where he didn't want us to read to him. But he got over that.

Now at 3 he loves it again. He still likes board books, some Dr. Seuss, and has even started getting into the Winnie-the-Pooh chapter books, the A.A. Milne originals.

We didn't get into Boynton at first, but then we were given Boynton's Moo, Baa, La La La for Christmas one year, and now he thinks it's funny. We checked out Blue Hat, Green Hat from the library, and now he goes around saying "Oops" all over the place.

We did a lot of Eric Carle when he was smaller, he loves all four of the Bear books, and "From Head to Toe". At about 20 months he could do all of those things.
post #38 of 45
Whoops, just realized i got my threads confused.

His faves up to this point have been Cleo the Cat and Put me in the zoo. But we got this weekend several Sandra Boyntons, the Urban Babies Wear Black series and the World Snacks series from a friend. And a few single books, including a beautifully illustrated ABC book by Charley Harper and our first Richard Scarry.
post #39 of 45
Sandra Boynton--better rapped than read. Reminds me of Jazz Chants for English-language learners. I always do it in a kind of jazz-chanty way. She never misses a beat. That's why we like her. You just can't do that with some of the poorly written kids' books. I like Pajama Time, personally. It's very jazzy. "Jamma-jamma jamma-jamma P! J!" Barnyard Dance and But Not the Hippopotamus are also funny ones.
post #40 of 45
wow i think i was really lucky with DD. i started since birth and she would sit on my lap and stare at the pics read at least 2-3 times a day before crawling. now that she is crawling 1-2 times a day. sometimes they are long sessions (10 minutes) or super short (1 minute). nowadays she gets super excited and plops on my lap and will let me read to her when i tell her it's story time. recently she prefers to grab the book out of my hands (she is almost 11 mo now) and turn the pages herself, point at things and pretend to read to me. it's cute, so i let her do it most of the time unless she is sticking the book in her mouth. took two months to convince her not to bend the pages. she's more gentle now. she's normally a rough baby during play, so i'm kinda relieved. our books are imported (they're all in L2) so they're super pricey.. bending, ripping, or biting not tolerated! haha
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