That’s Not My Monkey (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books) by Usborne Babies are somewhat binary creatures.  The first things they understand are often yes/no, up/down, happy/sad, and other either/or choices.  That’s Not My Monkey gives parents a chance to explore this worldview by focusing on one repeated question: is this my monkey?  Each page offers a new reason why a particular monkey is not the real monkey, and each offers a new textur...

  The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster To a little girl, the window in her grandparents’ home is magical.  From the outside, she can peek in and see her Nanna and Poppy in their kitchen with “all kinds of pictures from the olden days.”  From the inside, she can see the world – the neighbor’s dog in the garden, the pizza delivery guy, or perhaps even the Queen of England coming for tea. Raschka won The Caldecott Medal for his playful...

I’ve never met a little kid who didn’t like Eric Carle books, and I hope I never do.  Indeed, no child’s bookshelf is complete without at least one Eric Carle book. Here are the two that we’ve been reading again and again (and again) for the last few months. Zelda can “read” both of these books now because she’s heard each word so many times. Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle The word “charmi...

So many board books, so little time between bath and bed… The good news is that you can take board books in the car, and they can be thrown from a car seat by an angry/hungry/tired toddler without being damaged. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt When we as parents say that we love our children unconditionally, we mean it.  As this adorable book points out, even if our children were smelly, scaly, carnivorous beasts, we would still ...

BabyLit Series by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I admit it.  I have an author crush on Jennifer Adams.  Her series of classic literature for babies is absolutely fantastic.  We are collecting ALL of these books for our library.  Not only are these fun and age-appropriate board books, but they are conversation starters for many of the themes presented in the original works.  As a life-long lover of reading, I have read each of these classics...

Board books are sturdy; their pages can’t be ripped, bent, or swallowed.  Many picture books have been republished as board books so that younger readers can begin to enjoy classic texts at an earlier age.  Children younger than 12 months and older than 18 months will also enjoy these stories when shared at bedtime or playtime or on the go.  Before kids learn to “be gentle” with books and after they’ve graduated from cl...

For the discerning infant, a good book not only has to look interesting, it has to feel great, too. (Zelda says they have to taste good if a baby is to learn to devour literature, but I think she’d just being cheeky, as usual.) Little hands love to grab, poke, and rub, so give them books that offer a full sensory experience. This list includes our favorites (thus far) and will be updated whenever we can get our hands on another set of go...

Touchable Books Part 2

That’s Not My Monkey (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books) by Usborne Babies are somewhat binary creatures.  The first things they understand are often yes/no, up/down, happy/sad, and other either/or choices.  That’s Not My Monkey gives parents a chance to explore this worldview by focusing on one repeated question: is this my monkey?  Each page offers a new reason why a particular monkey is not the real monkey, and each offers a ...

In My Day

I’m sure we will revisit these authors in future posts, but for now we offer a sample of the books from her parents’ childhoods – and earlier – that Zelda has begun to love herself.   Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss Learn important life lessons with Yertle, a bird named Gertrude McFuzz, and a rabbit/bear duo that can’t stop arguing. Yertle might be Zelda’s favorite story in th...

Bunny in the Grove

Zelda loves bookstores, so when we were in Coconut Grove recently, we headed over to the aptly named Bookstore in the Grove. While browsing the children’s section of this lovely independent bookstore, I stumbled across  Brave Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby. Being afraid of the dark is a universal fear; when shadows loom large, the imagination takes over, and the world is a much scarier place. Thinking that a trusted frien...

Flaps Are Fun

Flaps make our board books interactive. Zelda enters the story and contributes to the plot when she peeks behind flaps to reveal hidden illustrations. We can’t get enough of these flap books, even though we definitely know what’s under all the flaps. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell This classic by Rod Campbell is a must-have for every child’s library. The narrator asks the zoo for a pet but is not quite satisfied with each...

Mice

Mice make great characters. Remember the one who ran up the clock? And the three blind ones? Everyone likes a good mouse story. (We hear there’s an entire World – and a Land – built by a certain mouse in red shorts.) Here are a couple of our favorite mouse books. Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh Young children are drawn to bright, bold colors, particularly the primary red, yellow, and blue.  This book taps into a ch...

Not Every Post Needs a Theme

  The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster To a little girl, the window in her grandparents’ home is magical.  From the outside, she can peek in and see her Nanna and Poppy in their kitchen with “all kinds of pictures from the olden days.”  From the inside, she can see the world – the neighbor’s dog in the garden, the pizza delivery guy, or perhaps even the Queen of England coming for tea. Raschka won The Caldecott Medal for h...

Trucks Are For Girls, Too

Boys like trucks. Girls like trucks. Cowboys, farmers, marine biologists, librarians, chefs, and pretty much all the people who have stuff to haul like trucks. Zelda loves trucks. (She loves airplanes more, so stay tuned for a post about flying.) She says trucks are “so big!” She would like to drive a truck, but Mean Mommy says she can’t do that for at least another 14 years. Until then, Zelda will have to stick to ...

Favorite Author: Eric Carle

I’ve never met a little kid who didn’t like Eric Carle books, and I hope I never do.  Indeed, no child’s bookshelf is complete without at least one Eric Carle book. Here are the two that we’ve been reading again and again (and again) for the last few months. Zelda can “read” both of these books now because she’s heard each word so many times. Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle The word ...

Board Books Part 2

So many board books, so little time between bath and bed… The good news is that you can take board books in the car, and they can be thrown from a car seat by an angry/hungry/tired toddler without being damaged. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt When we as parents say that we love our children unconditionally, we mean it.  As this adorable book points out, even if our children were smelly, scaly, carnivorous beasts, we wo...

BabyLit!

BabyLit Series by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver I admit it.  I have an author crush on Jennifer Adams.  Her series of classic literature for babies is absolutely fantastic.  We are collecting ALL of these books for our library.  Not only are these fun and age-appropriate board books, but they are conversation starters for many of the themes presented in the original works.  As a life-long lover of reading, I have read each of thes...