It can be hard keeping little ones entertained and involved. Toys and books are pretty much the go-to for things to do… indoors anyway. I’ve had some friends asking me to post about Julian’s favorite books. I thought this was a great idea because we read books every day Julian definitely has his handful of favorites that he goes to every single time. And while this may hold true on Tuesday and then be completely different on Thursday, I think I’ve noticed the pattern long enough that I can share Julian’s favorite books list with confidence. Still, as a 1 year old, his attention span and interests don’t last long. These books have kept his attention because of the illustrations and the interactive elements. I’m sure you’re little one will love them too!
I try to change it up and pick out different books sometimes, for my own sanity, but he will shove them away and grab for his faves. You can’t fight what works I guess!
Here is Julian’s List of Favorite Books:
- 10 Little Ladybugs By Melanie Gerth and Laura Huliska-Beith
Julian’s favorite part about this book is the little ladybugs and the holes. As we read it he touches the red, yellow, and orange bugs on each page and puts his fingers through the holes. The artwork is beautiful and it’s a good book for practicing numbers, counting, and rhyming.
- Noisy Farm By Thomas Nelson (Babytown)
We picked up this book on a whim in the checkout line at a TJ Maxx in New York a few months ago and it turned out to be a great buy! The thing about this board book is the tabs on the side. Julian loves to turn the pages with the help of the tabs. The illustrations are colorful and teach about the farm animal sounds.
- Where is Baby’s Belly Button? By Karen Katz
My mother in law sent us this book and Julian loves the little flaps that he can pull back to find the body part of that page for example baby’s hands, mouth, and of course, the belly button. It’s a good interactive book. The flaps get pretty bent the more we use it, but that’s par for the course.
- Tall and Short: A Peek-Through Book of Opposites By Jonathan Litton & Fhiona Galloway (My Little World)
This is a fun and colorful board book that’s easy to read and emphasizes learning opposites. There are cutouts on every page that Julian likes to put his fingers through and use to turn the pages. It’s an easy book to run through a couple times if you want.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
This is a classic and for good reason. The simple illustrations keep it nice and basic for babies to learn different animals. I think Julian is attracted to the bright colors and big picture of one animal at a time. This is an easy book that you can just open to any page and quiz baby on what is pictured.
- Touch and Feel Farm By DK
This is a pretty simple book, but what makes it one of Julian’s favorites is the things he can touch and feel. They put different textured material within the pages to show what it would be like to touch the farm animals. The animals include horses, dogs, chicks, pigs, and more. They offer a board book and a hardcover. We have the hardcover which is still pretty sturdy because of the reinforced pages that have to hold the textured material. I don’t worry about Julian ripping or bending the pages when he turns them.
There you have Julian’s list of his favorite books as a 1 year old. I’ve pulled them out for you on Amazon below so you can see the covers and find them super easily. As his preference changes, I’ll do another post like this one with some new book titles to keep it fresh.
I’d love to know what your little one’s favorite books are. Share what books you read daily in the comments below!