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Basket of Books: 6 Months Old

Peek inside Amelia’s basket to see what books we are loving right now!

Due to my love of children’s literature (and book hoarding), Amelia had a library of picture books before she was even born. Reading aloud to my baby is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time, so Amelia has been enjoying (or at least tolerating) storytime since Day 1!


She’s not ready for longer stories yet, so I keep a small basket of books in the living room for easy access to a curated collection of age-appropriate titles, and I switch them out frequently to keep the selection fresh.

At 6 months old, age-appropriate means slobber-proof board books with bright colors, short phrases, and lots of rhymes. Amelia’s attention span isn’t very long, so our reading sessions only last a few minutes and usually end with her chewing on the cover, but I try to read to her every day as part of our playtime. Whether she grows up to be a bookworm like her mother or not, she’ll always have plenty of books around!

Here’s a look at 10 of our current favorite board books, most of which are tried-and-true classics and a couple that you might not have heard of yet. Also, many of these are under $5 on Amazon, and all would be great gift ideas!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written and illustrated by Eric Carle

A classic! The tale of a (very) hungry caterpillar eating his way through a week’s worth of food on his way to becoming a butterfly also has fun board book features like different-sized pages and holes in each food the caterpillar eats (to stick your finger through, of course!). There’s nothing better than Eric Carle’s bright collage artwork and straightforward story structure. Along the way, you can also point out the days of the week, colors, names of food, and life cycle of a butterfly.

Dear Zoo: A Lift the Flap Book, written and illustrated by Rod Campbell

A string of packages from the zoo just might contain the perfect pet; will you choose a lion or a snake? Or perhaps (spoiler alert), a puppy is more your style? The genius of this simple story lies behind the flaps: what animal is coming next? Bonus points for making ridiculous animal sounds to accompany each page.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

I really love this sweet tale of babies from around the world. Although they may be born in different places, each little baby “as everyone knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes!” The artwork is joyful, the rhyming message is sweet, and in my early (hormonal) days as a mother, I cried every time I got to the end.

Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd

A classic for a reason! Clement Hurd’s distinctive green and red artwork, interspersed with greyscale pages, accompanies Margaret Wise Brown’s timeless text as a baby bunny says goodnight to various objects around the room. The calming, almost hypnotic, rhymes follow the logic of a child’s mind, which is probably why it is so appealing to both young and old alike.

All of Baby, Nose to Toes, written by Victoria Adler and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

This colorful book is full of sweet, joyous rhymes celebrating body parts and you can’t help but jump into an impromptu dance party while you read it. Perfect for our little wiggle worm!

Hush Little Baby, written and illustrated by Sylvia Long

You may be familiar with the traditional lullaby about the papa who gives increasingly extravagant gifts as soon as the previous one tarnishes, but this version replaces the presents with nature appreciation as part of the bedtime routine. Instead of mockingbirds and diamond rings, a mama rabbit shows her child the sunset, listens to the crickets, and watches for a shooting star. I love the little details in each illustration, like the embroidery stitch borders, and Amelia loves the sweet lullaby.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Eric Carle and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

A buoyant classic with great paper collage artwork and bouncy, catchy rhymes. I remember chanting along in kindergarten as the baby alphabet letters go up the coconut tree, then as they tumble down in disrepair, the capital letter mamas and papas come along to patch them up… so they can go up again, of course! This is one of my favorite alphabet books because it’s so much fun to read aloud, rather than your traditional “A is for apple” script.

(Side note: if you love Lois Ehlert’s collage artwork like I do, her picture book memoir The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life is great! I gave it an A+ in December 2015.)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle

Another irresistible classic with colors and animals galore. I can still remember reciting this from memory during story time in kindergarten. The eye-catching illustrations enhances the sing-song nature of the call-and-response structure that starts with a brown bear and ends with a classroom of children.

My First Songs, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

I half-remember a lot of nursery rhymes and songs from my childhood, and this book fills in the blanks with charming illustrations from the master Tomie dePaola. Amelia loves singing (I swear she coos along) and these are the perfect length.

(Fair warning, though: if you’ve always thought that chopping off the tails of the three blind mice was too harsh, or if the Plague-inspired Ring Around the Rosie creeps you out, those two songs are included.)

Night-Night Forest Friends, written and illustrated by Amy Bach

We received this book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program that sends free books to children in Tennessee, and I fell in love with the cozy artwork and sweet forest animals gently saying goodnight to their babies. There are a lot of books put there about going to sleep, but this one stands out.

Happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “Basket of Books: 6 Months Old

  1. I cannot recommend Sandra Boynton enough. The board books we have at home were Mr 17’s, they went thru the hands (and mouths) of at least four more children before staying with our youngest. I’m keeping them for the grands. Colours, rhyme & they appeal to toddler humour.


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