Reading is something you can - and should - do with your child at any age. From newborns through to much older children, it is a bonding experience we should all cherish - daily!
Although on the surface it may seem pointless reading to very young children, that's not the case at all! The quality time spent looking at and reading books helps you to bond with your child and helps establish an interest in books. They can engage in the pictures, listen to your voice and help turn the pages all while sitting snugly in your lap. This is often a great activity that dads can do with their babies!
Here are some ideas for books to share with your child, or to gift to parents-to-be.
Picture Books with Animals
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy - Lynley Dodd
Pig the Pug - Aaron Blabey
There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake - Hazel Edwards
Spot the Dog - Eric Hill
More Picture Books with Animals
Wombat Stew - Marcia Vaughan
Possum Magic - Mem Fox
I Went Walking - Sue Williams
Rainbow Rob by Book - Jo Rigg, Roger Priddy, and Simon Mugford
A Very Cranky Bear - Nick Bland
Picture Books With a Beautiful Message
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - Dr. Seuss
Corduroy - Don Freeman
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
Adventurous Picture Books
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
Who Sank the Boat? - Pamela Allen
Where Is the Green Sheep? - Mem Fox
The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch
The Worst Princess - Anna Kemp
Fantastical Picture Books
I’m Green and I’m Grumpy - Alison Lester
Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Meg and Mog series b-Helen Nicoll
Picture Books for Parents Too!
Do Not Open This Book - Andy Lee
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep - Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? - Jane Yolen
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
What's your little one's favourite book?
This list is adapted from babyology.com.au