Are you planning to build your child’s first library? Building a baby’s first library is not an easy task despite the enormous impact it will make in his mind, behavior, and character. You will certainly find good books that will influence the child greatly if you endeavor to make a careful selection of the collection of books you provide for him. Even pediatricians recommend reading as a way of building and developing the child’s mental capability and improving his reasoning acumen. Books are to the mind what medicines are to the body is a common saying that can be relevant in expressing the effect of providing and reading good books for your kids.
Do you know that low-quality medicines can affect the health of your child negatively? In that same vein, books with wrong information can equally influence the psyche, behavior, and personality of the child wrongly. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested that every parent should imbibe the attitude of routinely reading to the child at least daily, even beginning from birth in order to inculcate the habit of reading in the children.
This article will guide you on the types of books you should select for your baby’s first library, even if they are not mentioned here. Moreover, you should know the reason why such books are necessary for your child to read and the impact it will make on them.
Table of Contents
- The Best 7 Books to Build Your Baby’s First Library
- The Reasons for Building a Child’s First Library
- 1. First 100 Animals by Roger Priddy
- 2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- 3. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- 4. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
- 5. First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes
- 6. The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel
- 7. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
- What Are Your Favorite Collections?
- The Reasons for Building a Child’s First Library
The Best 7 Books to Build Your Baby’s First Library
Reading has dynamic effects on the behavior and overall personality of the child; hence, you should know the benefits of teaching and engaging your children in active reading. Here are some good reasons for building a library for your children:
- With these books handy, you can inculcate the habit of reading and the skill of listening to others in the child.
- Reading to the child teaches him how to say words out.
- The rhythms of words from those books make children very happy and excited.
- Images and other graphic designs on the books attract their attention keeping them busy and even quiet as they gaze at the pictures and imagine what those figures could be.
- The books help to build their imaginative and reasoning skills as they ponder and wonder why the pictures are the way they look.
- Children’s books enlighten and educate them about the universe, while others inculcate virtues like forgiveness, sympathy, relationships, love, care, patience, and so on in them.
- Readers are leaders because life-changing and motivational information are hidden in the pages of a book and only the readers can know; you can lead others by what you know which they don’t know.
Here is a list of great books recommended and suitable for your baby’s first library:
Are you planning a birthday gift for your child? This book could be one of the favorite gifts you can package for your baby during his birthday. It has amazing pictures of one hundred animals that look real and exciting to the young mind. Moreover, the pages of the book are thick and the hardcover is padded with soft materials that can be suitable for their soft hands to handle.
This interesting book will make an impressive mark in the heart of your child, with a thoughtful imagination of how a tiny and hungry caterpillar that started its journey from page one as a weakling could grow and become a mighty caterpillar after it has eaten its way through different fruits and finally consumed green leaves.
My son was two years old when I bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar for him and it became his great companion, as he was always looking at the tiny creature that could use its mouth to eat up various fruits and pastries. After I read it to him, he began to bombard me with lots of questions on how the caterpillar can grow becoming a colorful butterfly.
Can you guess who is talking here? The child of Nutbrown Hare is expressing his affection for the father. In reciprocating this good gesture from his dear child, the father, who is stronger and agiler demonstrated a deeper affection for him too.
In this book, Guess How Much I Love You, the child of Nutbrown Hare loved the father even up to the moon in the sky, while the father loved him much more than that.
This book teaches the children that their parents love them much more than anyone else could.
Do you know that this could be your children’s favorite book if you can add it to their library? There are cages, toys, and balloons in each page with some funny animals like armadillos, hyenas, etc.
Goodnight Gorilla has only ten words but various colorful pictures and animations making it very interesting as the child can only use his imaginations to decode the imageries.
The setting of this book is in a zoo at nighttime when all the animals are retiring to sleep. Then, a stern looking fellow appeared on the scene and begin chanting the goodnight wishes to all the animals, as he mentions `their names one after another.
This book is made to teach the kid that when it is bedtime, he should say ‘goodnight’ to everyone.
Does your child love dinosaurs? This children’s book has fantastic pictures of dinosaurs of various sizes, which will fascinate your child’s imaginations greatly. The pages portray the uniqueness of this animal presented in various forms such as small, medium, large, and super. In addition, you will find the pictures with some funny words that will be appealing to your child’s mind. They will also know what these great animals eat and how long they can live on earth.
First Big Book of Dinosaurs will teach the child how to pronounce the names of all the dinosaurs easily. There are other useful childhood games expressed in the book like the alphabet game that you can use to select the letters representing the dinosaur. The children will learn another game where they can pretend to be a dinosaur, etc.
In this book, Arnold carefully illustrated the friendship, unity, and love existing in the age-long relationship between frog and toad. By using the characterization of the toad and frog, he further explained to the child the premise and principle on which friendship is supposed to be built.
The Frog and Toad Collection is a great read for young kids as it imparts real-life situations to them by portraying the toad and frog where they were eating cookies without restraint.
This exciting book contains the story of P.J Funnybunny and full of fun and wits. It is a comical book expressing how the main character, Mr. PJ was making frantic efforts to change into other creatures like a pig, bird, and even bear but could not metamorphose into any of those things successfully. Therefore, he gradually surmised that ‘it’s not easy being a bunny’, which is the title of the book.
After series of trials of changing himself, as he attempted to transform into a bear but could not, he decided to appear as a pig and even tried becoming birds, possums, skunks, and beavers. He tried to appear as a creature that will be funnier in appearance than whom he was originally, but finally concluded that he is made to be a bunny.
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny is regarded as beginner books because the diction or choice of words is simple to understand and read by the kids. There are some comical graphics and illustrations using cartoon imageries.
Having seen all the books that are suitable for you to use and build your child’s first library, which ones are your favorites? Thousands of books are available on the market and could be used for your child’s collection of books. However, you should carefully choose those titles and contents that are ideal for aiding the overall development of the child.
Reading to the child helps to develop his listening skills while teaching the baby how to read will improve his reading capabilities and he will become a studious person in the future. Therefore, decide to fashion a great future for your child by choosing to build the best library for him today.