Books & Reading

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Best Books For 1yr old

Any ideas and where I can buy them?

  • Diana
    Jan 16

    My child is now two and the books she keeps returning to are the board books I bought on a whim at the local dollar store. I also buy from thrift stores, garage sales, etc, and just wipe down every page with disinfectant wipes. Try your local library to find the authors / types of books you like, then you can find good prices online and already know that you like the story.

  • Teresa
    Jan 18

    A current favorite in our house is Sheep Go To Sleep

Any book to stimulate my baby?

Hi everyone! I’m ISO some books to stimulate physical, mental, and social to my baby girl. She is almost 5 months old. Thank you in advance!

  • Michaela
    Jan 05

    I think reading anything is great for baby’s development! But board books are the best route right now since she’ll be grabbing at them and you don’t want the paper pages to rip. My LO likes to go over to his book shelf and take all the books off it, so I always take the cue to read them to him. He grabs at whatever book I have so I just pick up a new one and start reading it. Right now it’s a ... More

  • Cristy
    Jan 05

    My daughter loved/loves Pat the Bunny. At first it is more of a read to them and then as they get older they model the activities. Super cute and fun.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Jan 03

Toddler tantrums

My 10 month old has started throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get his way/what he wants. Does anybody have any good books suggestions on how to handle these? He seems so young to be having these... I felt very prepared for the newborn/infant stage but I thought I had more time before these started so I’m feeling very overwhelmed. TIA

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 03

    I’m not big on books but “zero to five” is a great book on that age. And following “zero to three” on Facebook is super educational.

  • Elle
    Jan 04

    Ditto @mamanukesyopolo

Parenting or Mom podcasts/book suggestions?

Looking for suggestions on any general books on motherhood (I have a 2 year old) - supporting the whole parent - (I am not looking for sleep training, or discipline etc) - something for ME. Also, any recommendations on podcasts? Thank you!

Christmas books

What are your favorite Christmas books for kids? We are no longer using board books and have such a huge section at our library for picture books. I want to get some today.

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Dec 20

Parenting books

Does anyone know any non religious parenting books? I have the The Danish Way of Parenting which is great just looking for more reads.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 28

    Awesome. And which two exactly are the last ones?

  • Winfred
    Dec 28

    Haha yeah that was worded oddly. “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham and “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne M. ED

Toddler books

Please let me know which books are good for toddlers to identify letters, numbers, shapes, animals, etc...

Santosh posted in Behavior Nov 28

In search of a story

Is there a story we can tell kids whose moral is you do not hit/hurt others? I have noticed my 3 yr old is more receptive to the ideas told in the bedtime stories. I am not aware of and unable to come with a story to tell him why hitting others is a very bad idea. Thanks.

  • Santosh
    Nov 28

    The apples story sounds like fun, thanks for sharing :)

  • B
    Nov 28

    Hands are not for hitting worked for my niece. Bought it on amazon.

Big sister books?

Does anyone have any suggestions for big sister board books or books about a new baby on the way? Thanks!

Book Recommendation

I just finished the novel The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling and recommend it to any parent of a toddler (or anyone who wants to relive the emotions of being a toddler-parent). The plot is a slow build, but the author really captures the conflicting feelings of love/annoyance/boredom/joy that come with spending days alone with your child. More

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 06, 2018

13 yr old hates reading

I didn’t read much with her when she was young big mistake on my part. She is 13 now and hates reading . I’ve tried everything . She has a horrible habit of even skipping the directions and assuming she knows what to do instead . I even get her books she would actually enjoy from the library and I try to look at them with her . Nope didn’t work. Ugh I give up! She is around family that read and... More

  • Jen
    Nov 19, 2018

    Audible audio books

  • David
    Dec 04

    Any possibility of struggles with dyslexia or other struggles? Maybe the dislike of reading stems from it being a difficult thing and finding a solution for that may open up the activity as being more fun?

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 02, 2018

Gift Ideas

My daughter will be 15 months this Christmas. Any good gift ideas? Best toys that help her learn? Favorite books? Thanks!

  • Jay
    Nov 03, 2018
  • Tyson
    Nov 08, 2018

    B Toys have some great stuff for this age. Amazon or Target. Great company, too.

Baby book suggestions

My daughter just turned 1, and she loves books. She ignores most of her toys to play with her board books. Do you guys have any suggestions for which books are good for babies her age?

  • Ashley
    Nov 02, 2018

    Industructibles books

  • Nicole
    Nov 04, 2018

    Go to the library. They are always such good help picking out books!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Oct 29, 2018

Reading to baby

I’ve been reading to my little one since he was growing inside me. He has NEVER taken an interest in me reading to him; he grabs the book out of my hands and throws it across the room every time; This has been going on since he could pick up and let go of objects, before this time he would squirm and scream if I read to him. I’ve tried all types of books (touch and feel, mirror, grab and pull, ... More

  • Gagan
    Nov 06, 2018

    Our son is super active and also disliked books when he was around 10 months and earlier. Something about sitting down just didn’t resonate with him. We just consistently read him books out loud in his room even if he were playing with his toys. We also made an effort to read books ourselves (I.e. novels, non-fiction) in front of him with the hope he’d be inspired by that / want to mimic us. St... More

  • Becky
    Nov 17, 2018

    My son just turned two and loves books. I read to him every night before bed and a few during the day when he requests it. I think the night time reading really helped because it's a time for snuggles and it's nice to have the nightly routine.

Book suggestions for Mama!

We are at a point where I can actually read before bed again 😉 Looking for some light-hearted, easy reads before bed. Suggestions?

  • Cathy
    Oct 29, 2018

    Books for me!!! Books for Mama!!!

  • Turquoise
    Oct 29, 2018

    “I got your number” and “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella. “Lucy Sullivan is getting married” by Marian Keyes. “Jemima J” by Jane Green. These are all chick lit. Super fun to read.

Hello! Does anyone have any thoughts or tips regarding story time for newborns (7 weeks old)?

  • Sarah
    Oct 20, 2018

    Yes for that young I read black and white board books, as also suggested by Julie. Check out Hello Animals and Hello Bugs. They both also have shiny spots on each page and capture attention. Anything you read to them is great though!

  • anonymommy
    Oct 21, 2018

    Thanks, mamas!

How to get my six year old to love reading

  • Monica
    Oct 21, 2018

    Become the characters, I’ve done this with all my boys. I do this with my youngest son still he’s 8 :-) . I actually act out and make funny noises he loves it. It gets his attention and he loves reading even more. This worked for a foster child I had, they said he hated books. I started doing this and he loves books!

  • Stephanie
    Oct 22, 2018

    Visiting the library is always a great idea, and reading with them every day!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Oct 14, 2018

Feeling really down lately both physically and mentally . Need some Good Pickme up book suggestion.

  • Crystal B
    Oct 18, 2018

    What did you end up reading? I would love to know:)

  • Anonymous
    Oct 19, 2018

    Milk and honey rupi kaur. Really liked it.

Airplane/Airport Board Book

Flying with two little ones soon and I want to start reading to them about airplanes. Does anyone have airplane book suggestions, preferably board books, for a 3 and 1 year old? Thanks! And wish me luck!

  • Sarah
    Oct 10, 2018

    We have several, I think the best one is called amazing airplanes which talks about the flying process!

  • Crystal
    Oct 10, 2018

    Usborne has a lift the flap board book about airplanes that we used before and during our travels.

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