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Babies Love Books Too! 5 Terrific Books For Your 0-2-Year-Old

Babies may not have perfect focus when they are born, but there is still a lot they can see! They are naturally attracted to high-contrast items, making large black and white patterns very attractive to them. While they may not have adult-perfect colour vision, research shows that by early as 2 weeks, babies can see colour so long as the patterns are relatively large and have enough contrast. What does all this mean for you? It means you can start reading to your baby from day one. Here are 5 marvellous books to help you do just that!

1.

my-first-alphabetMy First Alphabet by Roger Priddy

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

We kick off today’s post with this gem by Roger Priddy. This book is a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to the alphabets. From A through to Z, each letter is introduced with large, colourful illustrations – ranging from an apple to a zebra. There is also a range of textures included in the book, which babies and toddlers alike are sure to love. All in all, a perfect book for learning their ABCs while developing their sense of touch. We recommend this for ages 0 months to 3-years-old!

Where to find it: Sytris Books (Ghana)           Amazon UK             Book Depository

2.

babys-first-touchy-feelyBaby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Book by Stella Baggott

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

 

Right from the cover, this Usborne book delivers on the touchy-feely promise, with a cut-out portion on each page of the book that features a different texture. The black portions of the bee on the cover have a nice velvety texture, as does the butterfly on the inside. Other textures included are furry, bumpy and squashy. The illustrations are colourful and high-contrast (to draw your baby’s attention). Babies – and toddlers- will love exploring the different textures in this book. On the last pages of the book, each item is featured again but described by colour rather than texture, a good way to introduce colours. We recommend this for ages 0 months to 2-years-old.

Where to find it: Amazon UK                      Book Depository

3.

the-very-hungry-caterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

This cute story by Eric Carle details a week in the life of a caterpillar as he eats his way through different types of food on his journey to becoming a butterfly. Apart from the various types of food, The Very Hungry Caterpillar also introduces children to counting and the days of the week with very colourful and vivid illustrations. Babies and toddlers will love exploring the finger-sized holes cut through the food to show where the hungry caterpillar has been. We recommend this classic for ages 0 and up!

Where to find it: Sytris Books (Ghana)         Amazon UK            Book Depository

4.

one-ted

One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson

Illustration by Anna Currey

Our rating: 4/5 gold star

We really liked this Julia Donaldson book. In this book, we follow Ted on his amazing night-time adventure, and what an adventure it is. From racing with mice to dinner with dolls, Ted has the time of his life until at last, it’s time to go to bed. The illustrations are adorable and the rhyming and counting throughout the book make this book a likely shoo-in for bedtime favourite. We recommend this for 1 to 3 year-olds.

Where to find it: Sytris Books (Ghana)          Amazon UK                   Book Depository

5.

dinosaur-dinner

Never Ask A Dinosaur To Dinner by Gareth Edwards & Guy Parker-Rees

Our rating: 5/5 gold star

Never ask a dinosaur to dinner, he just might eat the kitchen table! This is a wonderful rhyming book that takes the reader through the bedtime routine. We learn what to not do with a shark, a beaver, a bison, a tiger and an owl when you’re getting ready for bed. At Midori, we love colour and this book had lots of it from the fabulous illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees. It is a good book for reading aloud especially at bedtime and will definitely make your infant giggle. We especially loved the bedtime advice at the end. We recommend this book for 2 to 6 year-olds.

Where to find it:    Amazon UK                     Book Depository

What other books do/ did you read to your baby? We would love to know! Drop us a comment.

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