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Baby Books

As we all know, babies are the up and coming new people of the world.  So why not spoil them now with up and coming new books.  Plus, who doesn’t want literate and smart kids?  So this week I’m delving into baby books with great sibling introductions to new arrivals, stories and learning.

Let’s begin with books that help the very young communicate even before language is used.  Here are three books published by Scholastic that teach parents and babies some simple signs. My First Signs and What Do You See? both teach some basic signing such as “more to drink” and various things they see such as “airplane and cat”.  Both books have texture inside to touch as well.  Baby Signs is a pop-up book that actually demonstrates with pop-up movement how to sign simple words such as “bath” and “finished”.

How to Potty Train Your Monster, by Kelly DiPucchio, and illustrated by Mike Moon, is a clever introduction for both parents and youngsters on how to begin this most necessary process.  And, the use of monsters is ingenious.

Here are three books to help older siblings get ready for the new addition to their family.  Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready For Baby?, by Barney Saltzberg, is a delightful and brightly illustrated book that questions all that this new arrival can do – or can’t do.  What older brother discovers what this new baby can do will bring a smile to all who read it!  Mama, What’s In There?, by Diane Muldrow, and illustrated by Rick Peterson, asks different animal mommies what’s inside their growing tummies.  Opening flaps will reveal new babies about to be born.  The last page has a pregnant human mommy with baby inside.  The First Rule of Little Brothers, by Jill Davis, and illustrated by Sarah McMenemy, will help all of those older brothers deal with the little brother who constantly idolizes them and follows and copies them incessantly. And for the bi-racial families who wonder what their siblings will look like, I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother, by Selina Alko, is the perfect book for you.

Here are three books that will help youngsters deal with mistakes and on how to be better friends.  Oops-a-Daisy!, by David Algrim, and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, advises youngsters as they are about to make a mistake.  Open the flap, see the mistake and see the positive reinforcement given by parent as the child learns from their mistake.  Play Nice, Calico, by Kama Wilson, shows how to interact with other children with good role models.  And speaking of discipline, here’s a book to enlighten the little one on a very popular word used by them.  1000 Times NO, by Tom Warburton, brings out this negative in many different languages and messages.

Now for five books full of teachable moments to help youngsters with language and reading.  Three Little Kittens and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes, selected and illustrated by Tony Ross, is just the type of book all youngsters should read over and over because the text is large with few words on each page.  There is also a rhyming pattern and they are easily memorized.  These are vital combinations to pre-reading skills.  Youngsters become acquainted with the direction of left to right in reading, that groups of letters make words and that spaces separate words.  They can then mimic what is being read by memorizing and becoming excited with the feeling of reading.  All of these skills are prerequisites to reading readiness.  Mother Goose Favorites, by Mary Engelbreit, is similar but has the wonderful illustrations of the author. Scholastic has First Picture Dictionary which is full of colorful pictures which are easily labeled and for youngsters to see. Curious George’s Dictionary, from the Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries, is a fun way to learn words and letters as Curious George is utilized throughout by demonstrating letters and words. A Child’s Good Morning Book, by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated by Karen Katz, takes a youngster through one brightly colored day with few words on large text, giving children a sequence in their learning to read.

And lastly, babies like to look at babies.  Here are a few books that feature darling babies up close and personal: Rachael Hale’s Baby Giggles, Margaret Miller’s Baby Faces and Vicky Ceelen’s Baby Nose to Baby Toes.

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