Tips for Choosing Books for Babies 0-2years Tip Sheet

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Here are some tips for choosing age appropriate books for 0-2 year olds.

Children develop at their own pace and have their own likes and dislikes. Take your lead from the child and involve them in selecting books.

All children will develop favourites and ask for them to be read over and over again. Children get a great sense of satisfaction from being able to predict what comes next and will enjoy ‘reading’ their favourite stories to you.

  • Introduce new books on a regular basis.
  • It’s important that you also enjoy the book so that your enthusiasm and interest will flow onto the child.
  • Try including some information or photographic books featuring themes such as Australian animals, transport (trucks, planes etc.), babies and toddlers etc.
  • Visit your local library, staff can provide assistance on age appropriate books. In South Australia, children’s picture book collections in libraries are colour coded. Babies (0 – 2 years)
  • Children learn through all five senses: touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing. As babies learn to hold things they will naturally want to naturally ‘taste’ them, so board and cloth books are ideal.
  • Able to be easily held by baby hands
  • Colourful, clear, bright pictures including photos; one or two images per page
  • White background to pictures so that they can be seen clearly
  • Simple board book format, but with baby suitable content
  • Sturdy books with easily turned pages
  • Novelty books e.g. mirrors inset; feely and noisy pages
  • ABC, number or noise making themes
  • Nursery rhymes or simple poetic text
  • Good night or going to sleep themes
  • Anything that the parent loves and wants to share

Books which appeal across the age range usually have a simple storyline, multiple layers of meaning and pictures which reward re-reading.


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