As part of our new bedtime routine, we’ve started making sure we read a book every night. In honour of World Book Day this week, here are a few of our current favourites. Jacob is 6-months old and most of these are probably not recommended for his age, but I personally think that its fine to read books for an older child to a 6-month-old. Plus, they’ll be used more, which is good from a money-saving point of view!
Books for a 6-month-old
Yawn by Sally Symes was a Christmas present and is Jacob’s current favourite. The colourful board book is beautifully illustrated. The story follows a yawn as it travels from a little boy called Sean to a cat, pig and rabbit, among other animals. The words have a lovely rhythm and Jacob loves listening to my voice when I read it to him. He loves ‘helping’ to turn the pages by sticking his hand through the yawn hole in each page. It’s a nice short story, which is perfect for when Jacob is tired and we want to get him to bed quickly.
It will be great once Jacob is older too—it’s nice and simple so he’ll be able to read along with me. I can’t wait until he starts shouting out the animal that’s coming next!
Yawn is £5.99 from Amazon.
This one is my favourite! The Gruffalo is a brilliant story. It’s definitely designed for the older child—I’d guess a 3-year-old would love it—but I think it’s great for a 6-month old for a few reasons: it’s longer than some of the others so good for winding baby down, plus I find Jacob likes listening to me reading longer books; it’s enjoyable for the adult reading it; the illustrations are lovely for a baby to look at. I think exposing babies to a wider variety of words can only be a good thing.
The Gruffalo is £4 from Amazon.
Each Peach Pear Plum
Each Peach Pear Plum is an absolute classic. Again, Jacob is a bit young for it, but he loves the pictures. I like introducing him to characters like Baby Bunting and the Wicked Witch and the illustrations are amazing. It will work well as he gets older and can point out all the characters hiding in the illustrations.
Each Peach Pear Plum is £3.99 from Amazon.
Not A Box
Not A Box is a board book about a rabbit playing with a box. A fab story about the power of imagination, I love the message of this book. It’s nice and sturdy too, perfect for my little dribbler!
Not A Box is £6.99 from Amazon.
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