Within the couple of weeks after James turned one, I've really noticed a difference in how interested in books he's become. I was a bit worried for a while that he wouldn't sit still to listen to a story and the only way I've been able to keep his attention has been when he's strapped into the high chair.
But...this week he has constantly been bringing me books to read to him and he's actually sat on my lap and listened - absolutely unheard of for James!!
His favourites are all ones that do something interesting and today I thought I'd share them with you!
Peekaboo Sophie! with touch and feel and flaps to lift
James picked this out himself when we went to the Library. He pulled it out and started excitedly pointing at it until I read it to him. Everyday since we borrowed it, he's bought it up to me! It has a big flap on each page and touchy feely bits, so it really captures his attention. We've now started reading this before bed and sometimes he insists on me reading it twice!
Maisy goes to bed Lift the Flap Pull the Tab
This is an old book from when I was a child and the flaps are all taped on from where I clumsily tugged at them, but James loves it! Every time he's gone in to my mum's house recently he's found it and demanded it be read to him.
Hiding Places (Whizzers) by Carla Dijs & Kees Moerbeek
Another very old book of mine. On each page there is an object you can turn with your finger that a little blonde girl is hiding behind (as you can see below). This is quite hard to find as it is so old, but I don't know of any other book that has bits you can turn rather than flap. Anything that is different and helps to get him interested in books is a winner!
That's not my bunny...
We have two books from the That's not my series, this and the Monkey version. These have helped James become more interested in what is on the page. When I read paperbacks to him he will keep feeling the paper where the illustrations are.
If You're Happy and You Know It
This is a singing book...and he presses the button to listen to this damn song over and over and over. He also doesn't seem to like the end part as much so restarts it constantly! It does kind of drive me mad, but hey-ho, whatever keeps him happy I say!
What books does your baby love? Have you got any book recommendations for one year olds?