Considering story-time is part of our nap and bedtime routine, we read a lot of books every day. I initially bought a few board books based on cute covers and quickly realized that was a bad idea. Riley is a fan of repetitive, rhyming books or touchy-feely ones and they can keep her busy for a long time! Books are one of the things we try save on by using the tips in this blog post. We also check out board books regularly from the library before purchasing to see if it’s a hit with Riley first.
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I LIKE MYSELF BY KAREN BEAUMONT
This is a story about a little girl who likes herself no matter what she looks like and no matter what others think of her. We love this highly imaginative book that emphasizes self-worth and self-esteem above appearances. The rhyming text is catchy and fun to read.
POUT POUT FISH BY DEBORAH DIESEN
Riley is obsessed with this book! The rhyme and rap is so cute but also has a sweet message. There are many more in the series but we’re also a big fan of this travel-themed Pout Pout Fish.
LITTLE BLUE TRUCK BY ALICE SCHERTLE
This book is a great introduction to animals and their sounds. We love the whole series including the Valentines Day version and the Christmas one (which even lights up!).
HAPPINESS IS A RAINBOW
This was a sweet gift from a friend and I love that it introduces colours while also fostering social emotional development!
‘THAT’S NOT MY’ TOUCHY FEELY BOOKS
From 9 months onwards, these have been a hige hit with Riley! We have the Unicorn one, the Monkey one and we also got the Christmas Fairy one for the festive period, but I would easily buy more. These keep Riley occupied for ages!
TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES
We were also gifted this book and it seemed silly initially but now Riley loves it (and so do we). At 10-11 months she started repeating the actions we did when reading the book and it’s adorable. We usually wiggle our fingers and toes at those repetitive words in the book so it’s a fun way to start associating those words with the body parts, too.