Up pup. Cup pup. Pup cup.
Amy uttered those words when she was slightly over 1 year old, and I was completely flabbergasted. Was she reading from the book?? Already??
Of course she wasn’t. But because I had been reading that book to her so often, ever since she was a few months old, she had memorised the sequence of words. The fact that the words were so catchy helped keep her interest.
I am always on the lookout for good children books, and since some of my mummy friends have asked, here are some of Amy’s favourites from when she was younger.
(By the way, all these books are board books so it’s suitable even for newborns. As you can see, most of the books have bite marks on them. See if you can spot them :P)
#1 If I Were A Pup by Jellycat
I bought this book when I was in the States, and I seriously got it just because it reminded me of my dog, Albus, haha! Every page comes with adorable pictures as well as different textures, so it is perfect for babies to explore their sensory system.
#2 Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
Amy fell in love with this book at first sight. There is something about peek-a-boos that captivate babies. She could watch me go through this book again and again and still be riveted. But what she looks forward to the most is the mirror at the end, where she would make faces at herself.
#3 Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss
This was the book that Amy surprised me by reading it through page by page! The clever word play and rhymes not only entertained my baby, it entertained me too. In fact, it always makes me feel like breaking into a beat while reading this haha.
#4 Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
This book is often found in recommendation lists compiled by parents. So I bought it. But when I first got it, I was disappointed with the lack of words… It was basically pictures and “Good night so and so”. However, I guess the simplicity is what works best for babies because Amy again could go through this book again and again. She learned to identify animals like lions, gorillas, giraffes, elephants etc through this book. In fact, I think she learned to say good night from this book.
#5 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This was one of my recent purchases, which would explain why it is still in quite a good condition compared to the others! (It fortunately missed the teething months) This is also one of the more popular books that all parents seemed to recommend. According to Amazon, one is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! And it is not cheap (RM37.50!)! When I first bought it, I tried to justify it by saying, it’s good artwork haha. But Amy loves it, so it’s all good. The vibrant colours and cute pictures of food, and the design of the pages, could keep Amy occupied for quite some time. One of my favourite books to bring along whenever I take Amy out with me.
So there you have it! Some of Amy’s favourite books. She has quite a number of other books but these are the favourite ones that kept her company from when she was a baby till now.
I’ll keep you updated when her favourite book list changes!