It’s been awhile since I featured any books here and my only excuse is that we’ve been busy. But you know what they say about excuses – THEY ALL STINK – so I guess it’s time to just move on and start talking libros again!
Lately, Charlotte has been obsessed with books about babies. ‘Obsessed’ is not actually a strong enough term. A few days ago, we were at the arboretum and when I told her it was time for us to go home, she lied down on the pathway and refused to budge and gave me this look that was part LOOK WHO IS ALL-POWERFUL NOW and part YOUR MOVE, SUCKER. Without skipping a beat, I explained to her that we had books! in the car! books! ABOUT BABIES!, but alas, if she just wanted to lay here all night long then I suppose we could do without.
By the time I got to the end of that sentence, her little cutie patootie was halfway to the parking lot, no joke.
Of all the various books we have that feature babies, there are four that are currently in our book rotation so I thought that a nice way to come back to featuring books would be with a bit more bang. Here are the four books (about babies, babies, and more babies) that we’ve had our noses in lately and here’s why I like them, too.
Baby Born, written by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Chih-Wei Chang – My top pick. I love this book. Chang’s illustrations are fun and Suen’s rhyme is cute and simple. I love following the babies from birth through their first year and one of Charlotte’s favorite ways to read it is to flip through photos of her own life at the same time (for example, when we see the page with a baby crawling after a ladybug, Charlotte hunts down images of her holding ladybugs for comparison). It’s pretty stinking cute.
Everywhere Babies, written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee – Charlotte’s top pick. She carries this book with her everywhere (EVERYWHERE) and can flip through the images in quiet independence for twenty or thirty minutes, easy. There are so many illustrations of babies that she is always finding something new to absorb. I like it too because of the diversity of family situations (i.e. there is an illustration of two women asleep together in a bed, and although that could totally be sisters or friends or whatever, I always point it out and explain that some families have two mommas and then list off a few examples in our lives). It’s also an easy rhyme to memorize, which is good because I recite it at naptime with alarming frequency.
“More More More,” Said the Baby, written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams – We saw this one at a library story-time recently and have been truly enjoying it ever since. The book naturally lends to body words and vocabulary (another of Charlotte’s current obsessions), shows three different babies engaged in common baby activities like napping and playing, uses vibrant colors, and shows both a father and a grandmother caring for babies with the same devotion and love that the mother illustrated does. I wish we read this one more often; it’s a nice book. My only complaint is that it’s a little difficult to find fun story-stretchers.
Because of You, written by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata – This one is a little more introspective and features one of my favorite illustrators of all time. It is very brief, definitely has an ulterior motive of encouraging peace and community (which I don’t mind), and has illustrations that are easy to imagine stories about. It is also the only book that we have that lends itself to telling Charlotte about the day of her birth. I don’t know why I never told her that story before this book popped up on our shelves, but she loves to hear it all the time now.
What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this: when is the last time you visited your local library? All you need is an e-mail address. The giveaway ends next Tuesday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time. You can leave one entry every day. There will be four winners.
To purchase this book: You can buy any of these books through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.