Based on findings from self-interest research & compilation from various resources. Read on. Hope my chat on this topic helps a lot. More chat about reading will be up next round.
Guidelines on successful reading to baby
**A newborn can only focus 25-30cm, so look for cloth or cot books with both simple and complicated geometric patterns and faces (babies love faces) that will stimulate visual interest.
Book example:- Baby Faces by Dorling Kindersley
**Once a baby can grasp an object, look out for small, and square ‘block books’ great for tiny hands.
Book example:- Ladybird series, SPOT block books by Eric Hill
**At around 6 months, start to seek out books with brightly coloured, simple pictures and lots of rhythm. An obvious choice would be boldly illustrated collection of nursery rhymes.
Book example:-Humpty Dumpty & Other Rhymes by Opie & Archibald, Meg & Mog series by Nicoll & Pienkowski, Lucy Song by Vera Williams
**At around 9 months, introduce books that feature everyday objects
Book example:- I Spy by Scholastic, Baby Animals by Dorling Kindersley, The Farm by Dorling Kindersley, Clothes by Dorling Kindersley, Pat, The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
** Include the ‘Lift the flap’ books from this age onwards.
Book example:- Berenstein Bears series, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, Henry’s Ball by Rod Campbell, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Kipper & Wibbly Pig by Mick Inkpen, Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Henrietta Strickland
** As reading books out loud, point objects in the pictures and make sure baby sees all the things that are fun to see and do.
** Vary the tone of your voice, play peek-a-boo with the pictures and with whatever is under the flap, bounce knee, make funny faces, basically DO ANYTHING to stimulate baby’s interest.
** If practical, allow babies’ access to books at all times. Have either a book box or low shelving. It’s quite tempting to treat books as precious objects that need to be treated with care and only brought out under adult supervision.
**When reading to a baby, be brief but read often. In theory, should also let baby and child see you read and enjoy your own reading time.
Guidelines on successful reading to toddler
** As children develop and start to understand stories, continue to look for books with plenty of repetition and rhyme, good use of language and a decent but simple plot. Children love predictability, so knowing what comes next becomes fun.
** If you are bored with reading the same story for the umpteenth time, bear in mind that we adults also love hearing the same story over and over again.
** Pick a book with a repeated phrases and poem. After reading through the story a few times, your child will soon join in with the refrain. As the story become more familiar, pause and give her the chance to fill in the blanks.
** Encourage your child to pretend to read especially books that contain repetition and rhyme. Most children who love reading will eventually memorise all or part of a book and imitate your reading.
** Do not expect that your child will actually start to read at this stage but bear in mind that learning to read is a physical as well as mental act involving hand-eye coordination.
** When you read, involve your child by getting them to point things out in pictures and by following the words with your finger. It is only necessary at this stage to give a very basic understanding that words go from left to right across a page and that pages turn from left to right.
** When you feel your child is ready, take your child along to do a child-friendly bookstore and let your child choose books own self. You may not like the illustration or story line, but it is great fun to see what they come up with.
Book example:- Slinki Malinki by Lynley Dodd, Hairy Mclary by Lynley Dodd, Mr Mc Gee by Pamela Allen, Bertie & The Bear by Pamela Allen, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle, Green Eggs & Ham by Dr Seuss, The Cat In A Hat by Dr Seuss
P/S - Hanz' personal favourite : Eric Carle & Dr Seuss