It’s mesmerizing to see our little ones grow and learn things at a surprising speed everyday. Once they turn a year old, their mental development takes a major leap and they learn a variety of things/skills super quickly. By the time baby Boo was 13 months old, she could bring the exact book I would ask her to get. She didn’t just know the title and content of each of her books well, but could also identify them from their back covers. Pro-tip: If possible, invest in an open, front facing, floor length and accessible book rack.
Our favorite books from our current stage (12-18m) are:
1. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, What Can You See? by Jo Lodge
We received this book on her first birthday and I’m short of words to describe how much Boo loves this one. It has little holes for movement of flaps which results in animation-like effect. She reads/plays with this book almost everyday.
2. Busy Zoo by Campbell
This book is very similar to the previous one or maybe a little more advanced version of it. It’s because of this book that she knows to identify tortoise, hamster, parrot, chameleon, rabbit and so many other animals. Definitely worth investing in!
3. Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon is a perfect bedtime read! Dark pictures with minimal words to both indulge the baby and also prevent him from getting overly-engrossed in the story-line.
4. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Although, I’ve heard better reviews of other books by this author, I went ahead with this specific one and I’m so happy that my girl loves it. More than the story-line, it’s colorful pictures of animals that attracts her attention. It was on a massive discount when I purchased it, and I found it to be worth each penny spent.
However, you can definitely consider these books too:
Here are some books that are in my cart and I’m buying them soon. I’d suggest you to check these too, they seem to be wonderful.
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For the first 6 months, Baby Boo would just curiously look at books when we read to her. Maybe occasionally smile, but that was about it. The real fun began when she turned around 7-months old. She started to flip pages, showed interest in knowing what’s on the next page, would bang her hands on pictures that she loved and always had a huge smile on her face when she was read to.
Some of our favorites from that stage were:
1.Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
If you’ve been watching our Instagram stories, you probably know Boo’s love for this book. In fact, this book was her absolute favorite. She loved to lift the flaps and look at different babies on each page. If your child is 7-8 months old, I’d highly recommend this book.
2. Moo Baa LaLaLa by Sandra Bonyton
This was our second favorite book. In fact, one of the first words she learnt to speak was ‘moo’ which she picked up from this book itself. Again, an amazing book for kids above 6 months of age.
3. Is This My Nose?
I purchased this one randomly from a Facebook store of pre-loved books, and I can’t thank my stars enough for picking this book. Even today, she often reaches out to this one! This book helped us a lot while we were teaching her parts of the body.
4. Dr. Suess’s ABC
At first, I found the book to complex for young minds, but surprisingly, she loves it so much that it made it to our list of favorites. The rhymes and questions it has quickly make babies fall in love with this book.
5. ABC by Alphaprints
We love this book for the fact that it has huge-sized finger-prints with touch and feel textures on each page along with the names and pictures of animals beginning from that letter. A much better way of teaching kids ABC.
There are many other wonderful books apt for this age, but these were the ones we purchased and loved.
Hope you found this helpful.
“The simplest way of making sure we raise literate children is to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, finding them books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books and letting them read them.”
– Neil Gaiman
I’ve grown up loving books. My dad was a writer and his articles used to be published in a renowned newspaper every week for almost a decade. This is one of the reasons why I still prefer spending on book over food any day. They say, children are made readers on the lap of their parents and I can’t agree more!
When I was expecting, I made sure to read a lot and I also researched on which books to buy for my little one. I purchased my daughter’s first set of books when she was a month and half old and I did make some good choices- except, I got all paperbacks. Little did I know that this little squish of mine will grow up too soon to tear the pages down. The first set was in pieces within 4-5 months. I learnt the hard way that it is board books that’s advisable for kids under 2. Similarly, it took me a while and a lot of trial and error to understand what author and category I should consider for my little reader.
I’m often asked by parents regarding which books to buy for their kids and honestly, answering that question in one sentence is difficult. There are a ton of factors based on which books can be purchased- like for example, age of the child, language preferences, topic of interest, budget and reading level.
I always wondered, why don’t we have Indian subscription service of books for babies like they have in several developed countries.
Well, I was wrong because there already existed one- FubuBox! 😊
One day, I was browsing through my Instagram feed and I bumped into one of their posts. I instantly got in touch with them and got one box customised for my girl. It reached my doorstep in a couple of days and we were pleasantly surprised.
Here’s what we received:
- A board book titled ‘Here Comes the Dinosaur’
- A slide and pull book titled ‘Busy Vet’ by Rod Campbell
- And a paperback titled ’The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water’
- A pack of play-doh
What I love about FubuBox?
- They ask you to fill a form to know the age and also understand the interest of the child
- The books are then chosen by an expert panel based on your answers
- They select only those books which are written by well known authors across the globe
- They pick books from various genres to add variety to your child’s reading experience
- They not just send books, but also a surprise gift along with the package 🙂
- They’re extremely approachable and genuinely helpful.
- They currently cater to 0-6 year olds
- They have three plans- 3 months, 6 months and 12 months
- They also design one time birthday box and gift boxes
- They make customized return boxes too
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P.S. This is a sponsored post. All the images used are mine and the opinions are genuine by all means