Sunday, January 5, 2014

My 1-year-olds favorite books

We had to buy a new bookcase for the girl’s room this week. She has one real bookcase downstairs that holds all her picture books for when she gets bigger. The new one upstairs is in her bedroom and it holds all her board books and some toys.
When she was very small, her favorite books were dictated by me because I was the one that chose the books. In the last few months, she is able to discern between the book spines and pick the books that she wants to read. It is very interesting to watch.
Many of the books she likes to read on her own, but at bedtime, I have had to read the same book over and over and over.
These are some of her favorite board books.

Good Egg by Barney Saltzberg has been loved so much that it is in about 6 different pieces. The girl tore this book to shreds. We really need a new copy. The hilarious thing is that she still loves to read it even though it is in pieces.

Noisy Farm is a recent favorite. The girl has recently figured out how to lift the flaps on this book (they open different ways) and she loves it. The photos are great and she loves listening to me make the animal sounds.

I can't say enough great things about the BabyLit books. I think they are hilarious and wonderful. If you are looking for an accurate retelling of classic literature, you are probably not going to find it in a 10 page board book. However,  I think Jennifer Adams makes books that are interesting enough for parents to read to their kids without wanting to pull their hair out. The girl loves Moby-Dick and we just acquired Romeo and Juliet as well.

I admit I was skeptical of Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt when it first entered our house, back when the girl was born. I remember when she was about 6-months-old reading it to her and she had ZERO interest in any of the pages. Then, at about 9-months-old, it was like someone had flipped a switch. Suddenly, when it was time to play peek-a-boo with Paul, she knew how to do it and loved it. She loved looking in the mirror and feeling daddy's scratchy face. I had dismissed this book early on, but now I can barely pry it from the girl's fingers.

I love this book. The girl likes it. She will learn to love it more.

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