Reading with your child is one of the best activities you can do together. Reading can benefit a child’s development as each story you read together will introduce them to new sounds, words and letters. Visit the Thunder Bay Public Library and begin your child’s reading journey. Our collection of board books is great for young children just starting to discover books. The thick pages are easy for little hands to grasp and turn, and the stories vary from picture only to simple rhymes and classic tales. Below is a list of a few popular board books that parents have loved for years. These books cover a variety of topics that are sure to grasp your child’s attention and peak their imagination. All of these titles, as well as many more, are available at your Library.
With their eyesight still in the early stages of development, high-contrast, black and white board books are perfect for newborns. Look at the Animals and Look, look!, both by Peter Linenthal, are full of simple shapes and images for your child to discover. Children will enjoy following the little caterpillar as he eats his way to a full stomach in Eric Carle’s classic story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle also illustrated Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?, a fun, repetitive story about animals and colours. Learn the names of more animals in Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. This very simple story about animals sneaking out of a zoo provides children with the opportunity to use their own words to describe what is happening in the pictures.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a colourful book about the alphabet with fun, silly rhymes telling the story of letters climbing up a coconut tree and then crashing to the ground. Encourage your children to pick out the letters in the pictures as you read each one out loud. Or ask your child to follow along with the actions in the recently published book Baby Loves to Wiggle Wiggle by Stacy Sims, and the popular story, Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.
Two more stories that have been a favourite at bedtime for many children are Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, the story of a small rabbit saying goodnight to all the things in the room before finally saying goodnight to all; and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Bratney, an affectionate story about a child and their parent discussing who loves who more. These calming stories, along with the comfort of your voice, may have your child falling asleep in no time.
Visit your Thunder Bay Public Library and begin to instill a love for books and reading at a young age by sharing a board book with your child.
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