After the first 6 months of life, when the baby is able to follow the pages with his eyes, it is possible to start offering him suitable books with large and simple images and with very little text. It is never too early to discover the pleasure of reading in the arms of mum and dad, as the association ‘Born to Read’ has been supporting for years.
The books suitable for children from 0 to 3 years
A book is a small daily ritual that interests and cheers every child through the loving voice of the adult. At first, attention and curiosity only last a few minutes. Then, gradually, the little one becomes familiar with the object book (even nibbling at it!) until it tries to turn the pages on its own.
Here it is 20 book tips, between novelties and classics, suitable for children (0-3), bearing in mind that age is indicative because every child, from very early childhood, has his own rhythms and times.
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Already after the first ones 6 months of life, when the baby is able to follow the pages with his eyes, it is possible to start proposing books suitable for him with large, simple images and very little text. It is never too early to discover the pleasure of reading in the arms of mum and dad, as the association ‘Born to Read’ has been supporting for years.
20 UNMISSABLE books to read to children from 6 to 36 months
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After the first 6 months of life, when the baby is able to follow the pages with his eyes, it is possible to start offering him suitable books with large and simple images and with very little …
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- Émile Jadoul, Papa’s Hands
- We make faces
- Nathalie Choux, The puppies
- Guido van Genechten, Guess who …
- Eric Battut, Bird Pine
- Altan, Pimpa, the little planet and the UFO
- Salina Yoon, Penguin and Crab
- Emanuela Bussolati, AN GHIN GO ‘Nursery rhymes, songs and tricks to read HIGH VOICE to get the giggle!
- Monika Filipina Trzpil, ROARRR Dangerous roars
- Benjamin Chaud, A Song from Bears
1. Émile Jadoul, Papa’s Hands, pp. 26, Babalibri, € 12.00
Recommended indicative age: from 6-18 months
Winner of the 2014 ‘Born to Read’ award (for the Born with Books section, 6-18 months), this register has large, simple and delicate images that ‘speak’ to the very little ones without the need for words. Between the pages appear only a few short phrases and those onomatopoeic sounds (splash, toc toc …) that the baby learns to recognize in the first 6 months of life.
The smiling face of dad, and his hands ready to welcome accompany everyday moments, known to every child who is discovering the world. Just like the tender protagonist who in the end tries to take his first steps alone in the outstretched hands of dad and mom.
2. Let’s Make Faces, pp. 12, Gribaudo, € 6.90
Recommended indicative age: from 9-10 months
In the first months of life, every newborn begins to come into contact with the world by recognizing the human face, starting with that of the mother.
The faces exert an irresistible charm! Here, among the resistant cardboard pages (tooth-proof!), The faces of many children parade expressing joy, surprise, anger, sadness … And, at the end, of this first delightful photo book (indispensable for the little ones) , a mirror shows a very special face that always changes!
3. Nathalie Choux, The puppies, pp. 5, Gallucci, € 9.90
Recommended indicative age: from 12 months
A delightful roundup of baby animals, characterized by immediate, light and playful features, alternates between the sturdy cardboard pages (with edges without corners) of this book, fit for little hands.
Each illustration contains a simple mechanism that allows you to move it with your finger to discover the nice characters, as in the cuckoo game, so loved by the little ones (and useful for cognitive development).
An ideal proposal for an active and effective first approach to the ‘book object’, able to capture the attention and curiosity of the child.
4. Guido van Genechten, Guess who… pp. 16, Clavis, € 9.95
Recommended indicative age: from 18 months
A procession of cute and funny animals, with clear, simple and easily recognizable features, passes through the hardcover (and super resistant) square pages of this book. Each main illustration also hides a little riddle that compares very different critters. What will a spider and an octopus have in common? To find out, just pull the tabs.
A good ally of mum and dad (among the advice of ‘Born to Read’, the association that promotes reading aloud to children between 6 months and 6 years) for the first approaches to the world of books.
5. Eric Battut, Bird Pine, pp. 24, Bohem Press Italy, € 13.00
Recommended indicative age: from 18-24 months
In a somewhat magical landscape – in a game of contrasts between shades of blue, green and white – a little bird, Pino, undertakes his first flights and explores the world. All happy, he flies over the flowers of a field, a little house in a garden and, higher and higher, beyond the mountains and the clouds.
On his journey, he greets the Sun and, when the Moon arrives, he says goodnight and returns to his nest. A sweet story (recommended by Born to Read), which stimulates the child to communicate with the voice and gestures.