The cognitive and social development that happens with reading (and language development) is amazing, especially at the unsuspecting age of 0-18 months.
Using repetitive words, sounds (onomatopeia) and phrases (especially in music) is especially helpful for language, and physically interacting with your baby or child during language development stimulates their brain in a way that simultaneously connects the development of cognitive and social skills.
The reasons I like today’s books:
- Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson: the photographs and simple phrases [* This reminds me* Having a Bible with real photographs (instead of cartoon pictures) reiterates that everything in the Bible really happened and is absolutely true]
- Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London: funny mimic sounds and onomatopeia; interaction with baby about animals and animal noises
- Five Little Ducks by Raffi, Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey: it’s a song with a chorus and promotes counting
- King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub: the illustrations, sounds (glub, glub), and repetitive phrases
- The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen: sounds (blub, bluub, bluuub), illustrations, message and repetitive phrases