Jun 22, 2010

Lit for the little ones

Happy Tuesday! Today I'd like to talk about something near and dear to my heart. Books for kids!
Obviously you all know I'm a big reader, and the mister and I have tried to help our niece build up her book collection. We got her a few books that we sent out with my parents around the holidays, one of which is The Very Hungry Catepillar - and she loved it!

Her first birthday is coming up in July (ah! can you believe she'll be one?!) and I want to get her books that are age appropriate. I'm thinking ones that are smaller and more of the cardboard-type material so she can't be poked by edges if she puts them in her mouth. I have a lot of books I loved as a child but I'm not sure if I should wait until she's a little bit older.

I'm thinking some Dr. Seuss books - Fox on Socks or One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Goodnight Moon (she might already have this one), and Go Dog Go.

What do you think readers? Are these age appropriate? They could be good for repetition and the stories aren't complicated enough that it would be above her head but I don't know a lot about the developmental stages of a one-year old - should I even be concerned about that or just buy stories that are fun? I would love any suggestions you have!

(Photo: life according to celia)


Diana Mieczan said...

This think those are great and the Brown Bear Brown Bear will be a hit:) I also love the Rainbow Fish book...Its cute and have amazing colours:)
Kisses darling:)
Ps: I love kids books...I have so many girlfriends with kids and I adore reading to them:)

Diana Mieczan said...

I think....ops

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

When my nephews were 1, I always got them the hard cover small books that could w/stand a little bit of chewing. There are some great Dr Seuss books or Sandra Boynton has wonderful board books! I always get my nephews books for their bdays & the big holidays like Halloween, Tgiving, Christmas, Vday, and Easter. :) It's fun to re-discover the books of my youth and give them to them!

When your niece gets a little older, you have to get her the Fancy Nancy books! If you have not read them, check one out next time you are at a book store. They amake me grin from ear to ear!!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Oooh, Brown Bear for sure! Also, my chickie goes crazy for any book with flaps or tabs or zippers, and they have some pretty cute ones out there!

Mandy said...

I love that you help your niece build up her library! I think you should definitely go for the Dr. Suess books. Such great stories or a book of nursery rhymes, maybe?

Megan said...

Those are all good choices. The best advice (and I think any parent would agree), board books! That why the pages can't get ripped or if she starts chewing on them, they won't get runied. I would suggest anything by Sandra Boynton. Every child I know (including myself) LOVES her books.

The wonderful thing about most kids books is that there is no age limit. For now they get read TO her, but then eventually she can read them herself! :)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Dr. Seuss for sures!!!!!! She will probably alread have Goodnight Moon. I have never actually been to a baby shower where that was not given to the mama to be! Curious George, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Counting Kisses, and Clifford are some that come to mind!

Amber said...

I often get my niece and nephew (well Erics niece and nephew) books too! But Erics sister doesn't take the greatest care of them or read to the kids which sucks.

I LOVED Bernstein Bear books when I was a kid. The first book I ever read on my own was a Bernstein Bear book!

Elle Sees said...

hard cover
lots of simple visuals
but dr. suess for later

HC said...

Great ideas! C loves the Sandra Boynton books, especially the ones featuring Little Pookie! For his first Easter (right before he turned one) the Easter Bunny got him a great board book called "Little Feet Like..." which is a touch and feel book for feet! He loved it right away, and still "reads" it. It's a great sensory book for feet, you don't see that very often.

As for something we really enjoy reading to him, "I Love You Stinky Face." Great book about a child delaying bedtime by asking crazy things of him mom and if she would still love him. We loved reading it when he was little because we enjoyed it (and C loved the pictures) and now he is really starting to get the jokes!

Good luck! (sorry so long, lots of books I love!)

Gracie said...

I love kid's books! Always the best books. I used to love the Blackboard Bear books and Harold and the Purple Crayon but I think they're a tad too mature?? At least, I know they're not board books. My advice, of course, is always get a book you don't mind reading 100 times in a row ;)

D e g a i n e said...

Love the title of your blog and tag line!



S.I.F. said...

Where the Wild Things Are and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie are two of my favorites to read to my friends children! And I think they are all great for any age! :)

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Nora from Walking With Nora said...

Honestly, I think any books for tots are appropriate because first the parents can read them to the child (while the kid likes the pictures) and as they get older they can grow into them.

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