I have discovered that little boys’ interest in trucks begins at a very early age. Right now, one of my toddler’s favorite books is Everything Goes: Good Night Trucks by Brian Biggs. He loves to look at the colorful, cartoon illustrations of all of the trucks. The story consists of one or two trucks per spread, and it includes old favorites as well as some less familiar trucks to build a toddler’s vocabulary. I always know when my toddler finds the ice cream truck because he starts smacking his lips, and he does his best monster impression when he gets to the monster truck page. Little ones will love saying good night to all their favorite trucks.
Posted by: Liz
At the time of this writing, I am the proud new mother of a two week old boy. As a Librarian and lover of children’s literature, one of the things I most looked forward to when becoming a parent was reading to my child. Now, those who have experienced a two week old probably are aware that their eye sight is not completely developed and many babies find too much talking and interacting overwhelming; my baby certainly does. But, as I know from my education, it is never too early to start introducing books to children. When we share books, my baby seems to be able to look at one page and then needs to look away. However, there is one book in our library that engaged him even in his first week and that is Deborah Donenfeld’s Baby A B C.
This board book features crisp black and white photos of babies coupled with a primary colored letter and an object that starts with that letter. The primarily black and white photos with strong focus on the babies’ faces coupled with pops of color are the perfect combination for an infant’s developing eye sight. This book, while very simplistic, is a strong choice to share during the first two years of a child’s life. The babies featured in the book are adorable and children and parents alike will enjoy looking at them many times. The letters are presented clearly and perfect for children learning to recognize print. And for older toddlers, the objects featured on each page are ideal pairs for teaching initial sounds.
Posted by: Kelly
At the moment, board books are very popular with my little guy. And if you haven’t guessed by now, I like monkeys! That’s why this month I’m recommending That’s Not My Monkey by Fiona Watts. Although the book doesn’t have much text, new vocabulary is introduced through various textures in the book. In addition to the textures, bold, colorful illustrations and a catchy refrain appeal to little ones. And if monkeys aren’t your thing, check out the other titles in the series including: That’s Not My Tiger, That’s Not My Bear, That’s Not My Kitten, That’s Not My Tractor and many more.
Posted by: Liz
What do you do when your 2 ½ year old won’t stop pulling the cat’s tail? Well, if you are one smart cookie, you go to the library and look for a book to explain in a positive way why this is definitely NOT a good idea. That is what one parent did and reminded me of a great little board book series about behavior. It is called the Best Behavior Series and includes books on a variety of subjects relevant to little ones learning about their world. The series includes: Feet Are Not for Kicking, Germs Are Not for Sharing, Hands Are Not for Hitting, Pacifiers are Not Forever, Teeth Are Not for Biting, and Words Are Not for Hurting.
These little board books are colorful and teach BIG lessons in a simple way without being “preachy” or negative. Really a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers – and librarians!
Posted by: Mary