Touch and Feel books are a great next step after cloth books. They will appeal to your child for a long time, too. My three-year-old STILL loves to read and touch these books even though they are geared at much younger kids.
Look for books that have interesting subject matter (and by interesting, I mean what YOUR CHILD finds interesting!) Does she love cats? Find some cat books. Can't get enough of trucks? Look for those. Your child will be much more inclined to "read" if she has books with pictures that she is personally interested in.
Sometimes, you just don't know if a baby likes something or not until you try it. Show her various books of varying subject matter and see how she responds. You'll know if he likes it or not by his reaction.
Smiles, coos, plays with book=she likes it.
Slaps it out of your hand, screams in outrage, flails arms=she hates it.
The next thing to look for is engaging textures. Try to find some that feature a variety of materials--soft, smooth, shiny, rough, scratchy, etc.
Do you know a 6 to 24 month-old child? Touch and Feel books are a big hit with this crowd! (Hint, Hint, grandmas!)
Here are some of my favorites:
Touch and Feel Animals Box Set
We enjoyed this series when Juliet was a baby. Since Juliet's first major interest was animals, we filled our home library with lots of animal books.
Trucks (Baby Touch and Feel)
Second obsession? Yep. Trucks! We have a ton of these kinds of books at our house, too!
Bright Baby Touch & Feel Slipcase: On the Farm, Baby Animals, At the Zoo and Perfect Pets (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)
Priddy books always does a good job with their baby books.
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)
This is a classic that was well-loved in our home. Looking forward to sharing it with Lucia. Juliet's favorite page was "daddy's scratchy face!"
That's Not My Monster... (Usborne Touchy Feely)
These are probably my favorite touch and feel books on the market. Juliet STILL loves them and she's almost 4. I'm not sure if we will be able to take them out of her room to share with her baby sister!
That's Not My Mermaid (Usborne Touchy Feely)
Another big favorite to my mermaid obsessed girl!
That's Not My Reindeer (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)
There is an entire series of these and you can find subject matter to please any child. I like their holiday selections like this one.
Shapes (Little Scholastic)
This book has a lot of interesting textures like crinkled cardboard and shiny foil. We got a lot of use out of this one.
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies (Mini Edition)
These books can be found in a number of subject matters, ladybugs, duckies, bees, etc. The main elements are made of raised plastic and babies love to feel them. I think these are not recommended for young babies, but we used it as long as Juliet was supervised. (The fear is that the butterflies could be dislodged and become a choking hazard.) Our book was purchased at a used book store and it is now 4 years later and not one butterfly has come off, but still, it's best to be safe.
Touch and Feel: Fire Engine (Touch and Feel)
We cannot get enough of fire trucks around here.
The Best Birthday Party: A Touch-And-Feel Book (Touch & Feel)
I'm a sucker for birthday books.
What are your favorite touch and feel books for babies?