My old flatmate and dear friend Katrina (also a Montessori teacher!) moved to Melbourne a few days back. On her last visit to see us, she got Anika “Dear Zoo” book. Thank you Kat, you are very much missed in Auckland! We remember you by reading this book every afternoon.
First few days, Anika could not really manage to lift the flap but as we continued to read each day, I was quite surprised that in a matter of few days she could easily lift each flap. I see her ‘lifting’ is getting more refined each day. In fact, she loves the below books so so much that she looks away (sometimes, mostly she screams :-)) if we read anything else! Lifting to see whats underneath a rug, sheet, pillow or lifting to see what’s under each flap is one of her favorite things to do at 5 months old. This has to do with a development phase, where she is understanding ‘the world of relationships’ and also making sense of object permanence.
So, here are her favorite lift-the-flap books that are perfect for an infant as well.
Dear Zoo- Lift the flap to find which animal the zoo has sent as a pet. So easy to read, beautiful pictures, perfect first lift-the-flap book. Highly recommended.
Oh Dear- Another classic by the same author (as Dear Zoo) Rod Campbell. His simplicity in words makes his books a favorite among young readers.
Where is Baby’s belly button– this book is so much fun for babies and toddlers. You have probably heard of it or read it already, its one of those classics not to be missed.
There are many lift-the-flap books in the bookstores but I love these especially for a baby under 1 year old, because they are so simple to read, understand and lift 🙂 Love to hear about your favorites, please leave a comment below.