During the first year of your babies life so many changes happen and the baby that you arrived home with rapidly changes into a toddler. In that time one of the best ways to spend some quality time that will have an impact on them later is to share your love of reading. Today we’re sharing some of those very first books that we read together with our children when they were newborn babies. Unlike some of the later books that we shared together and will share in the future with you – these books are less about the story, the rhymes, the words and more about the simple black and white images that are used. So here we go our recommendation of Black and White Board Books Ideal for Sharing with Newborns and Young Babies.
Why Black and White Board Books
When babies are first born they have poor vision, in fact, at the most they can see around 20 – 30cm away from their face and colour recognition isn’t fully developed until they are around 5 months old when they will be seeing the full range of colours that we do.
So during the first month to two months although I spent a lot of time reading to both my kids and it would be anything just so that they got used to reading together and hearing my voice the books that I showed my babies as they lay in my arms or on the floor were mostly black and white.
I bought a couple but most of them I loaned from the library as I know the black and white book phase was relatively short and didn’t want to end up with loads of books.
I’ve included my favourites below, they are linked to Amazon, however, you can check your local library catalogue to see if you can loan them from there as well.
Black and White Board Books Ideal for Sharing with Newborns and Young Babies
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Look Look! by Peter Linenthal has simple contrasting images with faces included like the sun on the front cover above which are great for babies as they will already be familiar with your face shape and expressions. This book is part of a collection Peter has produced and as much as I like animals, outside and objects this one contains a little of it all so if I was going to buy just one of his books it would be this one.
Another one I enjoy sharing with babies is Hello Ocean Friends by Violet Lemay – probably the Marine Biologist in me. But the images on the pages are really fun to look at and as babies grow you can start to point out more things to them.
More Black and White Board Books for Babies
The ones above are ones that I have peeked at and chosen as my favourite however there are many more and these others have come as runners up and are worth keeping your eye out for.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.