Studies have shown that boys lag behind girls when it comes to literacy. I remember hearing this when I was at school, and whilst the gap appears to be narrowing, it looks like girls are still outperforming their male classmates when it comes to reading. I love reading and I wanted to introduce books to my son at an early age.
Luckily (and I’m fully aware that he’s only 7 months old and pretty much at the behest of any entertainment we provide), he loves them too! Especially, books that include interactive features such as different textures to touch and feel, lift the flap books, and noisy books. He also loves looking at the pictures and when we make exaggerated sounds, or animated voices for the characters.
Here is a list of some wonderful books that we love reading together:
Touch and Feel Books
- Usborne Touchy Feely Books – ‘That’s not my…..’ collection. We have: That’s not my dinosaur, That’s not my tractor, That’s not my fox, That’s not my unicorn, That’s not my giraffe, and That’s not my puppy.
- Usborne Touchy-Feely Farmyard Tales Poppy and Sam’s Animal Hide-and-Seek.
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.
Slider and Pull-out Books
- Where’s Mr Owl and Where’s Mrs Ladybird by Ingela P Arrhenius (these books have felt flaps which are extra safe for babies to explore and much harder to rip off).
- The Tales from Acorn Wood collection by Julia Donaldson. Our favourites are Rabbit’s Nap, Postman Bear, and Fox’s Socks.
- Where’s Spot, Spot Goes to School, and Spot Goes on Holiday by Eric Hill.
- Dear Zoo Noisy Book by Rod Campbell.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
- Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell.
- Meg and Mog, Meg on the Moon, and Meg’s Veg by Helen Nicoll.
- Baby Animal Collection Books by Emma Dodd. These books make a lovely gift.
- Toddle Woddle, What the Ladybird Heard, and Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson.
- Spot’s Tractor by Eric Hill.
Books for Toddlers
We also bought the following books which are great but they’re longer and wordier, and more suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers in my opinion. So we’ll just have to eagerly wait before we can start reading these.
- The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man, Zog, Tiddler, Room on a Broom, The Snail on the Whale, A Squash and a Squeeze, and anything else by Julia Donaldson.
- Elmer by David McKee (a personal childhood fave).
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
- Peter Rabbit Tales – Goodnight Peter by Beatrix Potter.
- Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.