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Funny Baby Books

Updated on March 24, 2013

With the impending approach of my first grandchild, I have begun to build him a library. There are, of course, the classic baby books. There are kind of books that are active. You know, the ones where baby can touch,listen and chew on. I am also collecting the books that were his mother's favorites. That got me thinking. My stongest memory and probably a good part of the reason why my kids love books today, is the laughter. To this day, I don't believe that there is any sound sweeter than the laughter of a baby. And when you laugh with your child, all is right with the world! It doesn't hurt that reading to your baby will aid in his development.

What Makes a Book Funny to your Baby?

I know we would all like to think that we are raising the next Albert Einstein.While we very well may be, it is important to keep in mind that young babies react to the sound of us reading to them, more than the content. If the caregiver is reading a book and making silly faces and sounds, the baby is going to laugh. When he gets older, he will begin to form his own sense of humour but until then, we love to make them smile and laugh.

The preceding video illustrates perfectly that it is not the contents of a story that engage your baby in the book. It is the fun and ritual surrounding the story.

Baby Micah doesn't need to read the books to find them funny!

Jacqueline Kennedy

"There are many ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

What to Look for in Baby Books

When choosing baby books,look for:

  • What's appealing to you. You're going to be the one reading it!
  • What you think you can stand hearing over and over and over again.
  • Rhymes or songs. they can be so much more fun to read!
  • Durability. You want the baby to be able to hold it and play with it.

Ideas to create a story hour for babies

  • Put aside a dedicated time for stories. Many people use the common bedtime or naptime but it can be anytime.
  • Have a specific place in your house.
  • If your child has a "blankie" or doll who reads with you, make sure it is along when you are reading
  • Sometimes you can read while you enjoy a snack.
  • Talk about what you are doing:
  • "Its storytime!" "Who wants to read?" "Time to see what peter Rabbit is up to!"
  • Be consistent. Make this a part of their day to look forward to. Books are a great way to bond with your baby and instill a respect and love for them at an early age.

Public Library

Your local library is a great resource for good books. They stay current and often offer a story hour. Check it out! (Pun intended!)

Baby Book List

These are just a few of my favorite books or authors to get you started. All of these will carry into later years! There are many more great books out there and I encourage you to seek them out. Please use the comment section below to add any books to this list.

  • Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom.....a rhyming alphabet story that is fun to read. Baby won't understand it in the beginning but will love hearing you recite it!
  • Shel Silvestein.....anything Shel Silverstein will suffice. Great stories and poems with fun or inspiring messages. Again, your baby won't understand it but he will love it when he gets older
  • If you Give a Mouse a Cookie....just plain fun with loves of activities to go along with it. We still use the cookbook at my house! (My baby is 20!)
  • Dr. Suess....all Dr. Suess books are full of rhymes and silly characters.
  • Eric Carle books are also popular with beautiful illustrations and toys to go along with them.
  • Where the Wild Things are. There is so much opportunity for silly, dramatic voices in this one!

Never too Young to enjoy a Good Book!

Some of the most enjoyable moments start with a story.
Some of the most enjoyable moments start with a story. | Source

Emily Buchwald

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents"

Just read!

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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patricia! My daughter is working on her bachelor's degree and I told her to study out loud so he can listen too! He is a pretty active one so music and books are soothing! We are "bookies" here in my family so the little one won't really have a choice. Thank you so much for the angells and I will pass it on to the new little family. Baby Boy won't be here until May (I hope!) and I will keep you all posted! Take care. I hope your crew is feeling good and sending angels right back to all of you! I'm glad you had a happy birthday. I loved al the pictures!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub. You have shared areas that should be addressed with the newbie. They will be engaged from the moment the first book is read .With my grandsons, my daughter read to them while they were in the womb. And they came out ready to hear more...and love books to this day.

      The two year old can often be found with a book that his Momma has read to him many times 'reading' it himself.

      Thanks for sharing and let us know when the new baby is on the planet.

      Sending you Angels and Angels too the new Momma and her family and the little one on the way. :) ps

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Colin, Colin, Colin....I know I am always saying this but....you are too sweet! I hope you are keeping warm and the kiss the kitties for us!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Well I am glad you had a good time Randi and a productive and educational one as well. You are definitely a Word Press world class beauty in my humble opinion.

      We are in the deep freeze now at lake erie time 9:50pm and the reason why both cats are hibernating until April (lol) ...... it's definitely not pussycat weather and I will venture out with my last bag of garbage for pickup tomorrow morning. I am so glad you had a nice time this weekend Randi - and there would be one 'word' in my 'camp' if you ever showed up on my doorstep wearing your sexy glasses :

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ooh, sorry about your car. That stinks! The conference is called Wordcamp and it has been 3 days filled with all kinds of lectures and programs geared to WordPress websites. In between the classes, there are reps from all the big website companies. Lots of giveaways and food, too! It has been great!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Randi - enjoy your wordpress conference, by the way what is a wordpress conference? I am without my car this weekend - it's sitting in my driveway and must be towed to the garage on Monday due to a bad oil leak - wish me luck.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm sorry because I think we sent you this cold weather. Skipped the second cup of coffee and switched to tea. Am on my way to the end of a wordpress conference that has been great. Enjoy the last of your weekend!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      .....well then my dear sweet Randi ....just wear your glasses. lol

      Just up on this Sunday morning with first cup of coffee, a bagel and some nice classical music - we will be getting our coldest stretch of weather in 3 years starting tonight - currently 10:39am with the winds still strong and cold

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I dare say, Colin, that it is very clearly stated in the Apprenticeship Guidebook: No fraternizing with fellow hubbers in Victoria's Secret!

      Thanks for the congrats and the visit. Finally getting warmer here in Az! 7:51am. Ready for my second cup of coffee. Alas, noone to make me brunch!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Randi , I see you are an apprentice now - well that is awesome and I am so happy for you - you are so deserving of this - but I have one small favor - it is possible you could come over and read me a lullaby ........in Victoria's Secrets of course - lol lol lol lol lol - I make a nice brunch too if you're interested with champagne and orange juice - lol lol

      Sending you warm wishes of course and most sincerely from the cold shores of lake erie time 10:25pm with a strong wind chill but there is a beautiful half moon in the sky on a fairly clear night and we are nice and warm inside, my cats and I.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! This one was fun! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Randi

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thanks very much for this gem Randi and of course here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby! It's very exciting. I just felt him move for the first tine! I have to agree, there is not much more joyous than sharing a book with your kids!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Faith Reaper, it is always so lovely to see you here and I love your comments! You can call me whatever you want and you're still a star in my book! Thank you so much for your support and kind words and, of course, I do appreciate your votes and sharing! Take care!

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Congrats on becoming a grandmother! I can't wait until I have my own. Well, I guess I can since they are only in college and not married yet. LOL. I remember the days I use to read to them, and they were the most joyous. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Randi!!! Please forgive me, I just read something of Linda's. And so I typed Linda . . . I am so very sorry.

      I am typing another comment now!

      You are going to make a most wonderful grandmother, and I am so very excited for you. You are going to experience a love like no other, one that you have never known before ---trust me on this one!

      And your choice of books ---see, there you go, a fantastic grandmother in the making already.

      You will be blessed beyond measure, and your new grandchildren will be too to have you as a grandmother.

      Voted up+++ and sharing

      That video still has me laughing, and there is nothing that compares to hearing the laughter of your grandchildren. Pure joy!

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Linda,

      You are going to be a most wonderful grandmother!!! I am getting so excited for you, just knowing of that wonderful love to come, a one of a kind love you have not know of, but soon will ---it is the best, trust me on this one!

      I just love your selection of books . . . see, there you go - a fine grandmother, oh yes, indeed!!!

      And that video . . . I am still laughing, how precious! There is nothing more precious to me than the sound of laughter from my sweetest grandchildren.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey SaffronBlossom! Thank you for the great comments. You were so lucky that your dad read to you for so long. So many people don't.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Jackie, thank you for your great comments! I am beyond excited about reading all of our favorites to our future addition!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, moonfairy! My heart is already spinning just knowing he's on his way! I can't wait! Congratulations ongrandchild #2

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jaye! I couldn't agree with you more! I was also raised on books and shared the love of them with my kids. Absolutely cannot wait to share it with the next generation! Thank you so much for the votes up and sharing. Much appreciated!

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      SaffronBlossom 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      That video is too adorable--great hub! My dad read to me every night until I was about 12, and reading is still one of my favorite pastimes today. Also, congrats on your first grandbaby! :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      There is nothing like being a grandmother! All the fun and none of the tension of being a new parent! It is great. I don't think kid's books could ever really go out of style, many are so much fun and kids are kids always and forever. Reading is the best gift we could ever give them for sure!

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      moonfairy 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your upcoming grandmotherhood!!! The love it brings about makes your heart spin! I have my second grandchild on the way as I write this and I'm excited beyond belief!!! I'm very happy for you =)

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      btrbell...Reading to children from the moment they're ready to pay attention to your voice and pictures on the pages is one of the best things parents and other caretakers can do for them. Children who learn to love books as babies and toddlers are more likely to read early and gain large vocabularies from the experience. Early reading also helps kids learn to study.

      As the beneficiary of a love of books from my mom and grandmother, I read to my own children and did my best to instill a love of reading in them, later my grandchildren and now, my great-grandchildren.

      The sound of a child's laughter is like music.

      By the way, congratulations on your "impending" first grandchild. You are in for much delight!

      Voted Up+++ and shared.

      Jaye

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