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 new texture (soft, smooth, fuzzy, etc.) that differentiates it from the rest.  Usborne has an extensive collection of That’s Not My… books, and you’ll surely find one for every baby’s personal preferences.  So far Zelda has enjoyed That’s Not My Baby and That’s Not My Monster.  She has plans to feel the rest of the series during upcoming bedtimes. Fuzzy Bee and Friends (Cloth Books) by Roger Priddy Here’s another cloth favorite.  It has REALLY bright illustrations that can keep a baby’s short attention span, and because it’s cloth, I can let Zelda explore the pages on her own.  Priddy’s Squishy Turtle and Friends is equally flexible and fun. Animals (Baby Touch and Feel) by DK Publishing This is just one of many, many books in what is pretty much a must-have series for all budding…

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 this collection – at least for now – in large part because she loves stacking and counting. She doesn’t yet understand the metaphor, but that’s okay. One of the best things about rereading Dr. Seuss books as an adult is finding the larger themes that we absorbed as children without even noticing that we were learning some of life’s greatest lessons. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Sendak is by far my favorite author for children, though he didn’t really consider himself as belonging to that category.  This is his most famous book and an excellent introduction into the world of Sendak. Zelda hasn’t seen the movie adaptation yet, but some day we will snuggle on the couch with popcorn and open hearts. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban “Too…

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 friend is lost in the dark one night, Squish braves the unknown and his own imagination. At the end of his journey, he finds a reason to the beauty of the night sky.  Read this to your little squish when the lights are low and it’s time to brave the night once again.