One of the foundations for our homeschool experience is reading. I try to read to my youngest 20 minutes a day if not more. Here are a few of our favorite books for babies that we still enjoy.

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When I first made the decision to stay at home with Squeaker, I also knew that it would mean not sending her to daycare.

I was perfectly okay with this and to be honest, daycare just wasn’t something that we could afford. Most, if not all, of my income would go towards daycare expenses and since I wanted to breastfeed for as long as possible, I knew that staying at home with her would be our best option.

It was during one of my searches for early homeschooling that I actually got back into the idea of blogging or at least blogging for profit. From there, I also started to plan out my own Tot School and home preschool plans for Squeaker.

Of course, she wasn’t yet ready for all of that but I could at least start with the building blocks, so to speak. One of the ways that I started “homeschooling” her was by reading.

One of the foundations for our homeschool experience is reading. I try to read to my youngest 20 minutes a day if not more. Here are a few of our favorite books for babies that we still enjoy.

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I want to foster a love of reading with all of my kids and I figure the best way to start is by reading to them and letting them explore books.

By exploring books, Squeaker is able to pick them up, look at pictures, attempt to turn pages, touch pictures, and of course chew on the books. She’s using her senses and developing motor skills that will help her later on in life.

By reading to her, I create a time just for the two of us. With Squeaker seated in my lap, she can look at the pictures, touch the pictures, see the words, and hear the words. I’ve read to her from a young age, and even when I was pregnant with her- I would read Babar and Madeline.

We love books in our home and my goal is to have books available at all times for the kids.

So, what would I recommend as far as books for babies?

Chunky board books, soft books, and cloth books are wonderful for interacting with. Textures to feel, colorful (or black and white) pictures to engage with all provide learning opportunities just by letting baby play. We purchased a set made by Sassy that included three simple books and a cube.

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As far as what I enjoy reading with Squeaker, I tend to look for colorful pictures and simple text. Here are a current few favorite hits in our house.

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I try to read to Squeaker several times a day, every day; at night as part of her bedtime routine, then at least once or twice during the day.

It really doesn’t take that long and I feel that it’s a wonderful opportunity to bond with her. I’m fortunate enough that I can stay at home with her and will likely do so until she’s ready to start kindergarten.

I want to make the most of that time, including reading with her daily in hopes that I can pass on my love for reading to her. Growing up, I enjoyed reading independently and being read to; my parents always made sure that I had access to books and in our family, the message was simple- we love books and we love reading.

Because of those fond memories, I hope to create a similar love of books and reading with Squeaker.

Later on, when she’s ready, books will be heavily incorporated into her preschool routine.

I plan to have unit studies revolving around books, similar to Five in a Row, and add in books based on a theme (teddy bears, farm, etc.). I still have many of my chapter books from my own childhood (the Anne of Green Gables Series and the Little House on the Prairie Series) and hope to read them with her when she’s ready.

I’m still not sure as to how long we’ll home school, the plans are to not continue after Pre-K, depending on my schedule. But, we’ll see what happens when we get there. We have quite some time until that happens.

What books do you enjoy reading with your children? Or, if you don’t have children, what are some of your favorite children’s books?

I linked up at the Weekend Wind-Down Linky & The Love To Learn Linky

Reading with your children creates a bond that lasts a lifetime. Here are a few picks for books for babies that can also be read to and with your toddler.
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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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Kathy
7 years ago

Kori,you can see she loves her books! What a doll she is! I always loved reading to my sons, and now to my granddaughter who is 3! They just learn so much in this early stage of life! It’s amazing! I enjoyed your post!

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

Hi Kori! Squeaker is so precious. I think it’s wonderful that you’re already getting her involved in books. I’ve had many discussions about this to a friend. Her son is almost three and she’s just now starting to read him books and get him involved in books. Makes no sense to me! My favorite childhood books were all the Mother Goose books, I had every Dr. Seuss book imaginable and the Little Golden Books. Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! I’m going to catch up on the rest of your post now. 🙂

Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
7 years ago

We had tons of board books for my boys when they were babies. They like to chew on them more than anything else, though, LOL!

Cyndie
Cyndie
7 years ago

My fave is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Great book for all kids.

Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Reply to  Cyndie
7 years ago

That was always one of my favorites to read to my boys. That and Goodnight Moon!

Lois Alter Mark
7 years ago

I miss the days of reading with my kids when they were little. So important to instill that love early.

Nikki
7 years ago

My kids are older now, but when they were little, they liked Dr. Seuss

coolchillmom
7 years ago

so adorable to see her enjoying here books. what a great start.
thanks for the suggestions, I will include these in baby shower gifts

Jaime
7 years ago

Sandra Boynton has a goodnight book that is really cute. (I bought it after we fell in love with Moo Baa La La La!) We have several board books that my son loves, and a few cloth books I’ve made along the way.

paula schuck
7 years ago

AW!! Yes I always loved reading with my babies. I have written several posts about that too. I see some familiar favourites here in your post too. I love Margaret Wise Brown. She’s one of my all time favourites.

Scott
7 years ago

Ours are a little older and just started getting into the Hunger Games series. They love them, and can’t wait to see the movies now!

Laz Llanes
7 years ago

I’ve always been a huge fan of reading, ever since I was a kid. Now as an adult, I go through a book a week. Reading to your kids at an early age, even when then cant understand the words, is vital. It makes such a huge difference. Great job introducing your daughter to a love of books so early. 🙂

Sarah Bailey
7 years ago

I loved reading as a child and it definitely stayed with me into adulthood – I am thankfully my parents started me off down that path at a young age. x

Misty Battle
Misty Battle
7 years ago

Great books! My babies loved board books when they were small.

Jamie
7 years ago

Now that is adorable – I can see how they are enjoying the story, even at a young age – PRICELESS!

Deanna Ritz
7 years ago

I miss the days of board books. My boys had a ton of them and we always looked forward to reading them together. We are on to chapter books now. 🙂

Dee Mauser
7 years ago

I think it’s great to introduce young children to books. I started reading to my kids and now my grandson at an early age and they loved/love looking at the pictures. I prefer books that allow kids to touch and feel with different textures when they’re babies and when they get a little older the pop up books and hidden pictures.

Stefany
7 years ago

I loved board books when my girls were younger. Now they like me to read anything they can get their hands on!

Theresa
7 years ago

Your daughter is so adorable! My daughters are obsessed with anything related to Frozen so I’ve been reading a lot of those books lately. We read diverse types of children’s books but I have to say, I love reading Mo Willems’ books. They are pretty funny. 🙂

Joanna Sormunen
7 years ago

I started buying books for my kids before I even met my son’s father. Way before I was even planning to have any kids yet. At least fifteen years before I actually had him. I was buying them already in HS, lol. But I just wanted my children to have the best books that I had loved so much in my childhood. I think childhood is party made by the books we are read by our parents and the books that we read by ourselves then.

Krista
7 years ago

I love reading with my daughter. She is 9 now and we still have reading time together

katrina g
katrina g
7 years ago

both of my girls LOVE books, they are great and all kids should have as many as possible. no such thing as to many.

Vanessa
7 years ago

Books are the one item I am horrible at saying no to buying.

Trisha
7 years ago

We have quite a few of those books you mentioned! I actually started collecting books for my daughter before she was born and now her little collection takes up about 2 shelves!

Tanya Coffman
7 years ago

Early reading is so important. This is a great list…Dr. Seuss is a very good classic to add 😀

Danielle
7 years ago

Our favorites at the moment are Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My son goes crazy for those books mostly because the pigeon says a lot of things that my son says when he is trying to get me to do something that I already said no to.

Yona Williams
7 years ago

OK…my Mom bought my nephew this really cool book that I wouldn’t mind snagging for myself…I have to look it up because I keep forgetting the title.There are a few like it, but the ones I like best is “Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book” and “Waddle! A Scanimation Picture Book.” The books look like the pictures are really moving. Love them! Here’s a link to one of them: http://www.amazon.com/Gallop-Scanimation-Rufus-Butler-Seder/dp/0761147632/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408708934&sr=8-1&keywords=scanimation+book

Rosey
7 years ago

I agree with your recommendations. I like board books that are chunky, but the soft ones that have touchy feely things on them are awesome for the little ones.

Maggie
7 years ago

My little one loves board books and textured books!

Antionette Blake
7 years ago

Thanks for sharing again at the #WWDParty.

TweenselMom
7 years ago

Oh how cute your baby is. I miss having a baby at home. I agree that if you want your kids to be fond of reading, you’d have to start it while they are babies.

Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM
7 years ago

My little one just turned one and absolutely loves books, also. We should have a book-reading baby play-date! What a lovely doll she is!

Adin Blankenship
7 years ago

My two kids love books and I am glad that they do. I feel like we go through so many books that some of them don’t even last long. They certainly have their own favorite book, which is really cute. Your little one there is adorable. And what fun books to read to the baby. 🙂

Viviana @ Totschooling
7 years ago

Those are some of our favorite books! Thanks for linking up to the Love to Learn Linky!

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