My daughter loves going to the library with my son and me . She sits happily in front of me while I crane my neck to the side and find books that I could use in a post, or the lone fire truck book we’ve never borrowed before. But her favorite part by far is when we get to the board books where she can grab, lift and chew. So today’s post are a review of 5 books she grabbed and yes chewed at the library . She’s got pretty good taste!
Jet-Set Babies Wear Wings by Michelle Sinclair Coleman is a cute book all about traveling babies that is really more for the adults reading it than the babies. It’s cute and simple but not really simple enough for infants or toddlers to grasp why adults like this book. That said it’s so important to read to your baby that I think there is a great market for books like this. If parents like reading them, find them amusing they are more likely to read to their babies who are still too little to voice obvious opinions. My daughter thought it was tasty and I appreciated the white text on black pages , the high contrast was obviously attractive to my 6 month old. There are a ton of other books in this Urban Babies Wear Black Series
In My Tree by Sara Gillingham is such a sweet book I wish my daughter would let me read it to her . The book is all about a little owl and what that owl does in it’s tree. The novelty is that the pages have cut outs in them and the owl is a finger puppet that is in the middle of the cut outs . My daughter who at the moment is 6 months old, only wants to grab and try to bite the owl. Do not let this turn you off, it’s such a pretty little book and my 4 year old loved it. Perhaps when my daughter is done teething I will read it to her again!
Beddy-bye, Baby: A Touch-and-Feel Bookby Karen Katz is a cute bedtime book for the baby crowd. I like the rhyming text and that it’s a feel and touch book but with the exception of the final page the textured pieces are too small . Fumbly flappy infant hands have a a hard time hitting the small textured sections. Ideally they would be larger so the child can explore as the adult reads. It’s not a huge complaint and I love Karen Katz so I would still recommend this book for families with little ones.
The Busy Little Squirrelby Nancy Tafuri is a great book for babies and toddlers. The readers follow along with a squirrel as she gathers nuts , seeds and berries for the winter. As she hunts for her treasure she encounters many animals who all make their respective sounds and ask her to play, of course she is too busy and continues on. Even though the idea is not groundbreaking I like that this book can be used to introduce animal sounds without simply sitting down with let’s say flash cards and teaching them to your toddler. Even if you have no real animals near by books like this one are a great way to authentically teach very young kids.
Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick is a great book for toddlers who are anxious about separation. It goes through drop off time at school between a little girl and her dad. When I worked in a childcare setting bye bye time was a huge source of anxiety for many students, books like this one are such great tools for parents and teachers. There are wonderful tips at the back that in my experience are all great advice. This book is just one of many by the same author that are all wonderful tools for families and classrooms. My favorite being Teeth Are Not for Biting and Words are Not for Hurting
Beth Halbrooks says
Thanks for the great suggestions as usual! My 2 year old loves Leslie Patricelli books. Tubby, Blankie, and No No Yes Yes to name a few. They are sturdy board books that stand up to the wear and tear babies and toddlers will give them and they are fun for parents to read too. Her illustrations are so simple yet hilarious. 🙂
Love Karen Katz and Elizabeth Verdick books over here. The Bye-Bye Time totally helped my younger one when she didn’t want to be dropped off at the church nursery.
Thanx for all ur work. i luv ur website……it’s a true treasure.
can u suggest some good and MUST HAVE TOYS for toddlers, mine is 2.also im looking for standing easel any brand u recommend,if u can suggest any.. thx in advance for ur reply. God Bless u and ur family.
Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids says
I really appreciate your reviews. I use board books ALL of the time. Thanks!
We have those first two books…well different ones by the same author! Eco-Babies wear green is a great book and so is In my Forest! Love those little finger puppets.
Thanks for sharing your favorites.
Stopping by from Child Central Station. Congrats on the award!
Amy A says
I passed along a blog award to you today: http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-awards.html