My very first post on this series (books for children 0-12 months) may be found HERE.
In that post, I shared about what I look for in a book.
Here are more qualities that have been added to the list:
1. Action Books – Especially at the tail end of the 12-18 month spectrum, I noticed how Pablo really enjoyed books that encouraged action, because he would try to imitate them. An example of this would be Helen Oxenbury’s famous work: “I can”. I have brought out other books later on to encourage this more (but for the 19-24 months timeframe): Good Morning Yoga and Goodnight Yoga + Ay Naku!, Kumilos Tayo, Ate and Kumilos Tayo, Kuya. Another book he loves to do actions with is Jane Belk Moncure’s My First Book. He touches his eyes when it’s the page on eyes, his mouth when it’s the page on mouth, and hugs me when it’s the page on hugging! Actually, I think this is how he started hugging me a lot.
2. Seek and Find Books – I personally love these kinds of books, and we have a few in our collection already. Few, because I don’t just buy any seek-and-find book. It has to have good illustrations or photographs – an artwork in itself.
3. Books With Sounds – But not just any sound! Sounds that are beautiful, or are related to the book. The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons In One Day is one of Pablo’s absolute favorites — and it’s because of this book that he got so into Vivaldi! He also loves his wind-up books that make the sound of the vehicles he loves (bus and fire engine). He learned how to wind his vehicles (a step for when I introduce music boxes) through these books. Note that for books with sounds, I’m not sure how Montessori-friendly they are, or if they are usually recommended in Montessori-At-Home communities, but personally, I pick the ones that reinforce what he learns in real life (like sounds of vehicles), or those that introduce him to good music (like Vivaldi). We have tried the CD-route and he’s not yet showing much interest — it was through The Story Orchestra book that he really showed his interest in music.
4. Rhyming Books – Although this has been mentioned in my previous post, I have to make a special mention of it here because I noticed how children are so drawn to rhyming books! Whether it’s Pablo’s age or even older, they just love the rhymes! Of course, for me, it’s best to find books with rhymes that actually make sense.
So anyway, here are his favorites when he was 12-18 months old!
His Favorites from his 0-12 Months Books:
-Ang Aking Paligid Series (Adarna House Publishing)
-Baby Faces – SMILE | SLEEP (Scholastic Inc)
-Baby’s Book – 12 Series (Xu Gang Publishing)
-Cat (Matthew Van Fleet)
-Dog (Matthew Van Fleet)
-Goodnight, Baby! (DK Publishing)
-Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
-Helen Oxenbury’s I series (I Can, I Hear, I See, I Touch)
-Helen Oxenbury’s Baby Love series (All Fall Down, Clap Hands, Say Goodnight, Tickle-Tickle)
-How Do I Love You (P.K. Hallinan)
-The Rooster Struts (Richard Scurry)
12-18 Months Complete Book List:
-A New Day (Ronald Heuninck)
-Animals (Bright Baby)
-Construction Zone (Tana Hoban)
-Mighty Movers (The Learning Library)
-My First Book (Jane Belk Moncure)
-Rain Or Shine (Ronald Heuninck)
-Trucks (Bright Baby)
-Vehicles (Preschool Board Books)
-Let’s Find Momo (Andrew Knapp)
-Feathers For Lunch (Lois Elbert)
-Dig, Dig, Digging (Margaret Mayo)
-Giggle! (Caroline Jayne Church)
-The Book of Orchestra (Usborne)
-The Story Orchestra (Jessica Courtney-Tickle)
-Wind-up Bus (Usborne)
-Wind-up Fire Engine (Usborne)
-Vehicles Stick-O-Rama (note: got this at the Scholastic sale, and apparently, it was on sale because the stickers were hardly sticking anymore, but Pablo loved this book so much – just looking at the different road and construction scenes, sticking what he could stick, and identifying the vehicles on the print or the stickers)
POTTY BOOKS (to help transition him to using the potty/toilet):
-Everybody Poops (Taro Gomi)
-Potty (Leslie Patricelli)
-The Very Busy Spider (Eric Carle)
So this is our list. At this stage, Pablo also liked looking at magazines and just recognizing familiar things, or asking us to name the photos he sees. You know those free appliances or car catalogues? Get those — really useful!
Also, repetition is a key factor in enriching a child’s vocabulary, so expect a lot of requests to read the same book again and again. This is good for them, and before you know it, you’d have memorized your child’s books, too!
Lastly, make sure to read the author of the book, too. This is one step to introducing them to the idea of acknowledging someone’s work. We respect the people who create these things (and thankful for them), so we make sure to honor them simply by always mentioning who wrote what.
Hope this list was useful. Feel free to share your great finds, would love to hear about them!