I’m wrapping up National Library Week with another book-themed post. This one is an ode to an under-appreciated hero of the baby years – board books.
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Most moms are familiar with these little gems, but I come across a lot of people who aren’t.
Baby shower attendees looking for a gift, Grandmas for whom the baby years are a distant memory, and expectant moms who have not yet entered that world.
Many of them, when looking for a children’s book, pass right over the board books and head for the picture books.
But that’s a shame, and I’ll tell you why…
6 Reasons Board Books Rock!
They are durable!
The #1 reason I love board books for babies and toddlers is their durability! They are virtually indestructible. Little ones are hard on their books, and board books can hold up to their rough-and-tumble lifestyle. Babies can chew on them, pull on the pages, drop them, and throw them, and they will remain readable favorites for years to come.
They are the perfect size for little hands.
Unlike most picture books, board books are specifically designed for little hands. While there are some bigger ones, most are the perfect size for baby and toddler laps and hands.
They are age-appropriate.
Because board books are made for this age, their content, design, and style are well-suited for the unique developmental stage of babies. For example, young babies particularly like faces, bright colors, and contrasting patterns, and many board books incorporate these features in their design.
They are very visual.
Visual stimulation is crucial for Baby’s brain development. As a baby’s vision is stimulated, nerve cells multiply and become increasingly well-connected, and the visual part of his/her brain flourishes. Board books are a great way to provide this stimulation, as they are full of bright colors, contrast, and simple focal points, all things that stimulate Baby’s vision.
They promote brain development from Day 1.
Because they are designed (and marketed) for babies, board books encourage parents and caregivers to start reading to their kids as early as possible. Reading to your kids is one of the most effective ways to boost healthy brain development, so the sooner you start, the better! Also, having books around that Baby can handle himself encourages an early love of reading.
Kids instinctively love them!
I’ve worked in libraries and now a bookstore, and little ones are always drawn to the board books. It could be the carefully researched designs or the size or the durability … or a combination of all three! Whatever the reason, board books are a winner with parents AND kids alike!
Reading to and with your kids is so important, and something I’ve been passionate about since before I even had any of my own. So anything that encourages this gets a rousing endorsement from me!
The next time you have to buy a gift for a new baby or shop for your own, I hope you seriously consider investing in the child’s development with a board book!
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