Now Jacob is 8 months old, he is starting to get more and more benefit from us reading to him. We’ve been reading to him from an early age, especially as part of our bedtime routine. Now though, he responds a lot more—smiling at characters, looking at the pictures, ‘helping’ to turn the pages, giggling at funny voices. It’s a brilliant part of our day.
At first, I found it really difficult to know what books I should buy. Here are some of our recent purchases that Jacob is loving at the moment. None of them are too baby specific. I think they’ll work well as he grows.
The Gruffalo is fantastic. It’s definitely one of my favourites to read and I think it will be a classic. I love doing silly voices for all the characters and Jacob seems to enjoy it too—he laughs with/at me! If you don’t have it, you must buy it. It’s a lovely rhyming story about a little mouse who outsmarts lots of creatures to avoid getting eaten! It’s available on Amazon for £3.85.
This is one of my husband’s favourites. He read it a lot as a child. I think getting to revisit your old favourite books is one of the best things about becoming a parent. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is a story about a family going on an adventure to find a bear—they’re not scared though… or are they?! Ha. I love doing the sound effects for Jacob. He particularly enjoys the ‘swishy-swashy’ bit It’s only £2.93 on Amazon at the moment! Bargain.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is yet another classic book. The illustrations are beautiful and colourful and I think it’s a good introduction to understanding days of the week and basic counting. I’d say this is the ‘youngest’ of these books we are reading to Jacob at the moment, but it would still be fine for slightly older children. The board book is £3.99.
You can read my more detailed review of The Little Boy Who Lost His Name, but in summary it’s a lovely, personalised story aimed at children aged 0-8 years. It’s about a little boy (or girl) who loses his name and his journey to find it. The little boy meets characters who represent the letters of his name—so for Jacob its a jaguar, alligator, chameleon, ostrich and bear. The book is a little bit old for Jacob really, but it’s definitely one he will grow into. Sometimes it’s nice to read babies slightly longer books anyway, as it gives them more time to listen to your voice and unwind. You can buy The Little Boy Who Lost His Name for £19.99.
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