For the Younger Sprouts

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Books Need a Fair Share
I noticed I’ve posted almost exclusively about the books we read with B, and felt a little like I was leaving T out. Fear not, T gets lots of reading too, but I think I write more about B’s books for a few reasons. First, B’s books are more often new to me as well. Most of T’s books are hand-me-downs from B, and even the ones we check out from the library are often repeats of those B checked out. While I still love them, they aren’t quite as “novel.” Second, B is better able to express which books he enjoys most, which inspires me to write about them. Third, we often end up including T in the books we read with B, and the activities that follow (as you can see from many of my pics.) But I decided that I’d focus on T’s age group this week and share a couple favorites.

Who Doesn’t Love Peek-a-Boo?

Peek-a-boo is one of those games that crosses generations, classes, and continents. Every baby is tickled by it, and conveniently, it serves as a handy tool in developing the cognitive concept of object permanence for infants. We play peek-a-boo under the covers on the bed, behind the high chair, under the t-shirt getting dressed in the morning and undressed at night, and anyplace else we need a quick diversion for T. And B is an enormous fan of hide-and-seek, which is really just the big-kid version of peek-a-boo, right?

Get Your Hands on This Book
Begin Smart Hello, Baby!
My favorite thing about Hello, Baby! (part of the Begin Smart series) is that it is so friendly to little hands. Many peek-a-boo books have flaps that are just too flimsy to stand up to curious babies, and I feel strongly that part of learning to love books is being able to explore them without restrictions. It’s a board book, but beyond that, every other page has a sturdy foam core (can you see it in my photo?) that allows for a hole that “peeks” to another page without sacrificing the strength and integrity of the peeking page. The text is super simple: variations of Hello, Baby! Where’s Baby? Here’s Baby! and Peek-a-Boo! The illustrations are simple drawings of baby faces, hidden and then revealed by a blankie, a hat, a bib, etc. The publisher recommends this book from birth to six months, and T certainly enjoyed it at that age, but he is continuing to enjoy it beyond that because the game is still fun and he love being able to manipulate the pages and put his fingers through the holes! The other fun thing is that the simple text allows B to “read” to T. Even if he doesn’t get the words just right, he makes the pictures make sense. We received gifts of two books from this series, which groups their books into 6 month intervals from birth up to 2 years. I checked out their website after discovering 64 listings on Amazon. I don’t have the cash to spring for the whole series, but we’ll be looking some up at the library and adding our favorites to our wish-lists. The website has some good tips on early literacy if you’re an info-lover like me. For now, T’s favorite thing to do is turn pages, over and over again, and this book is perfect for that. How did your kids first “interact” with books?

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amandab July 14, 2010 at 5:30 AM  

I can't een remember what we started reading with Princess (she is almost 4), I just know that we have always read to her. I don't remember having many board books for her, but drawing and tearing were never big issues because they could usually be fixed (she does have a problem with it though, particularly if it is a library book!).

Her favourite books have always seemed to have a lot of word play (think Dr Seuss) or animals. I think most of our early reads were animal books.

And hide and seek is the favourite game in this house, after a long love affair with peek-a-boo!

Raising a Happy Child July 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

Thanks for joining WMCIR! Those pictures are so cute! It's great that T gets the best of both worlds - his own books and listening in on big brother's stories. I am pretty sure we had "Hello, Baby" from the library - the cover looks awfully familiar.

Kelly July 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

I love that book. Babies love peek-a-boo don't they.

Gill@OurParklife July 15, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

That is a great book...Got to love Peek-a-boo - so simple but so fun!

Our first ever book was Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox....It is one of my faves

CatWay July 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

Peekabook books are great and lift the flap for when they get a bit older. My second son is very active and these types of books are great for keeping him interested in the book.

Marita July 18, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

My youngest had a great peek-a-boo book that was cloth, so she could chew on it, play with it anywhere, spill anything on it and it would survive. Each page had something to lift up, hands over a face, or doggy hiding under a bed or similar. It was one of her most loved books and I've kept it in our baby box ready to read to any babies that come to visit.

Christie - Childhood 101 July 19, 2010 at 4:58 AM  

Immy loved the "That's Not My ..." series of books as a tot. And peekaboo, of course :)

Thanks for linking to We Play. So pleased to 'meet' you.

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