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…

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 would still love them with all our hearts. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of Sandra Boynton.  She is a tremendously prolific writer of hysterical board books full of lovable animals that have a tendency to sing, dance, and make kids smile.  Barnyard Dance is one of my favorites.  Her poetic verse lends itself to rhythmic storytelling.  You and your child will want to act out the action on the pages, and you will have a grand ol’ time doing it.  You can’t go wrong with any of Boynton’s books; I’m sure I’ll write more about her in the future.  (I already wrote a funny little blog about her Belly Button Book that you might enjoy.) How…