Love for Literacy: Books For All Ages
By Natalie Fitzgerald
Wondering what to do with your baby during those precious wake windows between naps? Or how to help your toddler smoothly transition from playtime to naptime? Have a behavior diversion you’re trying to sort out with your school-age child? Sounds like some simple advice from the past: pick up some books and READ! Reading helps develop sounds, words, language, imagination, and creativity. Sitting down with your little ones even for 5-10 minutes to actively read them a story and engage can help reset behavior issues. Reading can also be a great way to help your little ones wind down before naps or bedtime. I like to use certain books before sleep, and other books during play times. What’s so cool is watching how your little one can develop a love and appreciation for reading over time.
Below are some favorites in our home, and why my kiddos enjoy these particular ones.
Grab a book and read it with a new perspective and appreciation, or give one of these favorite reads to a new or expecting mom. Happy reading everyone!
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
A childhood favorite with a steady beat and rhythm, great for lulling your little one to into a sleepy state before bedtime.
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
All boy moms especially need this one!
Where’s Spot (and other Spot books), by Eric Hill
My toddlers always loved these interactive books. Opening the flaps to “look for spot” can also help with fine motor skills and identifying objects and animals.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
We love reading this one during play time - it’s an exciting adventure everyone gets into! Fun for kids to stomp feet, act out motions, and recite words with emotion.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
A beautiful illustration of the beauty we see in our children, the hopes and dreams they have, and the acceptance of the unique being each of us are.
The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
Super silly, be ready for some genuine belly laughing from your preschooler!
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Have a picky eater on your hands? This classic from Dr. Seuss shows us what can happen when we try new things.
Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin
Pete steps in all kinds of stuff, and reminds us that no matter what happens, keep “walkin along and singin your song.” Thanks Pete for the positive, optimistic attitude!
If I Could Keep You Little, by Marianne R. Richmond
You will cry – every. single. time. Every mom needs this one!
Natalie Fitzgerald is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula. Natalie’s approach to sleep training is tailored to each family she works with, meeting them exactly where they are and developing a customized plan to help them reach their sleep goals, based on their unique baby’s needs and their parenting style. Natalie walks alongside families during the time they need the most support, encouraging parents and helping them find a rhythm that works best with their baby and lifestyle. Natalie is also a member of the Postpartum Health Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She lives in San Diego with her family, including her three little ones: Connor (6yrs), Kate (3.5yrs), and Makenna (1yr).