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May 20th, 2012
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Some favorite baby books
I wanted to highlight some of our favorite books to read to/with Rosie. I feel I should add that we also love anything and everything by Jane Yolen, and most books by Sandra Boynton. But this post is going to focus on some books that Rosie has *particularly* liked, that we highly recommend to the baby in your life.



Peekaboo I Love You
from Lamaze

Peekaboo games with everyone in the family including the pets. An interactive cloth book with flaps to open and peek under. Great book for Rosie to practice her sign language. And her Peek-a-boo. :)



Smile!
Baby Faces Board Book #2, by Roberta Grobel Intrater

This book introduces the common phrases used to coax a smile out of a kid while also expressing love for babies in all moods. Rosie seemed fascinated by the photos.



Grandpa
Talk-about-Books, by Debbie Bailey (Author), Sue Huszar (Photographer)

Basic statements about what kids do with their grandpa, illustrated with great photos and captioned sweetly.



Peekaboo Morning
Text and illustrations by Rachel Isadora

When Rosie points to this book, she says "Daddy", and sure enough the legs on the front cover belong to Daddy. This is a joyous book. At the end when the baby finds "You!", Brian started a tradition of bringing the book up to Rosie's cheek as though the baby in the book is giving her a kiss, and she loves that too.



Everywhere Babies
by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Wonderful rhymes, and delightful, easy to understand, yet complex, illustrations, that Rosie has spent more time with as she learns more words and concepts.

Do you have a favorite baby or toddler book to recommend?

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From:aimeejmc
Date:May 21st, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton. Hands down.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 21st, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
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But how *is* it that 7 hippos arrive in a sack? I mean, yes, it's a really big sack, but how did it get there?

;)
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From:lisajulie
Date:May 21st, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
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Owl Babies and Sheep in a Jeep. Also Stellaluna.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 21st, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
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I'll check those out, thanks!
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From:mrissa
Date:May 21st, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
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Charlie Parker Plays Bebop. As an added bonus, kids have no idea which friends and relatives are comfortable scatting and which are not and will thrust it at random people and demand, "BEBOP!" or "CAT ALONE!", which will result in the most uptight person you love attempting to reproduce the sound of 1950s jazz with just their mouth and the words on the page and figure out what on earth this book is doing. It is good.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 21st, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
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That sounds awesome!

I love listening to my husband, who does not think of himself as a singer, stretching himself to read aloud musical-type books, like Pajama Time!

I'll have to look for this one.
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From:mrissa
Date:May 21st, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, and I like books to have random people of various colors in them for little kids? But I also like books to have famous people who are non-white, because little kids are going to get exposed to plenty of famous white people. And I mean! Charlie Parker!
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:May 21st, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
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All of those look adorable. I've noticed that even school-aged kids LOVE pop-up and window books, anything where they can manipulate something on the page.

If she likes looking at pictures of other babies, she might love "Global Babies," which even my 4- and 5-year-olds love. It's also bilingual, in English & Spanish:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=global+babies

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From:netmouse
Date:May 21st, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, we've gotten that from the library, and she would look at it, but it's not as engaging as the smile book, i think because she's more interested in moods than clothes and settings right now. She might be more into it later. She also likes Peekaboo from the same series as Smile, but again, not as intensely.
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From:sueij
Date:May 22nd, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
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The top two on your list were two of our favs, too. Fun to see them.

Another two sent to us as favs of friends, that we came to love as well, were Ten Nine Eight (great counting backwards) and More More More, Said the Baby. Both culturally diverse, as well. And we love ALL the Boynton books. Keep them forever, too, as they are GREAT when kids start reading. Simple, repetitive, clear printing, pictures go well with the words. Jessie learned to read this year and spent a month doing nothing but reading them. And Doggies was a favorite, 'cause you get to bark like ten different kinds of dogs.

Geez, there's so many good books out there. Impossible to name just a few. We adored Dinosaur's Binket (another Boynton) and went through at least two copies.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 26th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Yes! We just red Ten, Nine, Eight at a friend's house last week, and it is indeed lovely. And friends gave us two editions of More, More, More, so I gave one to my niece for her kiddo, but now I'm missing it 'cause that was the board book version and much easier, physically, to read, since the paperpack you have to hold open with one hand while turning pages with the other and it doesn't stay open while you are picking up the baby to act out the story!

Rosie's favorite book this week is Hand, Hand, Fingers , which is the first book she's asked us to re-read four or five times a day.
From:lizdmg
Date:May 22nd, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)

Tickle, Tickle and All Fall Down

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Helen Oxenbury has some really excellent board book, especially for littles who like to read books to themselves after they've heard them a few times. Rich in diversity and humanity, yet simple and sparse of words.
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From:netmouse
Date:May 26th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Tickle, Tickle and All Fall Down

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I do like those books, but find some of them disappointingly short. Maybe that will be good when she's reading on her own though.

What's your schedule like in terms of playdates when we're next in town. We're currently wide open the week of June 18 and are around in general from the 14th to July 1st.
From:lizdmg
Date:May 27th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)

Re: Tickle, Tickle and All Fall Down

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If I'm not on jury duty that week, we'll have Friday the 22nd free. Fridays are often good, Saturdays sometimes are. I can sometimes move work around for other days if Fridays won't work.
Yay, summer playdates!!!
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From:netmouse
Date:May 27th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)

Re: Tickle, Tickle and All Fall Down

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ok,so, what times of day work for you? Assuming Rosie stays on the NM schedule like she did before we have roughly 10 to 2 pm as our prime time, and then evenings after 6.
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