Ayla’s Library Just Keeps Growing!

IMG_6026This week’s trip to the book store was a fantastic success! Ayla sorted through EVERY last shelf just to make sure she knew all of her literary options.We left with four new favorites! I wasn’t familiar with three of the books, but they are on the MUST PURCHASE LIST! One of them is actually the best children’s book that I have read in years.

1. Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham 

This interactive board book is just too sweet! I am a sucker for all things vintage, and the graphics in this book are vintage at its cutest. Not only does this book have flap and fold components, it also allows the child to feed the baby (bottle not breast, but trying to incorporate breast-feeding might have been a little tricky), change the diaper, swaddle the baby, and even tuck the baby into bed. Ayla loves it! IMG_6009

 

IMG_60042. Alpha Block by Christopher Franceschelli

This thick board book is great for teaching your child the alphabet. Each letter is presented as a die-cut and paired with an adjacent picture and word. The pictures are colorful and again have something of a retro vibe. It is literally a “block” of the alphabet.

3. What Do You Do With An IDEA? by Kobi Yamada 

This book is my absolute new FAVORITE!! I am a fan of The Giving Tree and other sentimental and inspirational stories. This book makes the cut. This story book is great for kids of all ages, not just tiny tots. The illustrations are sweet and the story is inspiring. I wish I had come up with this IDEA for a story! IMG_6136

Check these out and let me know what you think! Oh, and if you are dying to know the 4th book…it was Olivia (as shown in the top picture:) It is definitely another winner! I have included hyperlinks in the titles of each of these books if you would like to purchase them on Amazon.

From The Mom in Me, MD

Is it a Toy? Is it a Book? It’s Both!

519xma2+zSLMy mom is the best! As a reading specialist, she finds some of the coolest books for Ayla. This weekend, we were introduced to the Whizzy Winders collection from Igloo Books. Not only do these board books have great illustrations, they also have an attached fold-out track for characters in the story. Simply wind up the included cars or fire truck, place them on the track, and let them go! This is such a fun way to get kids excited about reading. It is also a perfect travel toy. I can’t wait to use it during airport layovers!51f412d3jXL

My mom gave us Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this series also includes Little Fire Truck’s Busy Day, Little Tractor, Little Train, Little Racing Car...You get the idea! My only warning would be that the book is designed for ages 3 and up due to the size of the trucks and cars. Ayla is almost two, and loves it, but we do have to supervise just to make sure that little parts don’t end up in her mouth! You can find these at the Igloo Books webpage and on Amazon. The images all come from the Amazon webpage. Make reading an interactive and fun experience for you little one. Check them out and let me know what you think!

From The Mom in Me, MD

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Ayla’s Baby Book Favorites for June

Funny Baby Girl In Glasses Reading A Book In A LibraryI am obsessed!!!!! My sister found a company that makes the cutest board books for babies. If you love classical literature be prepared to whip out your credit card (Don’t worry. They’re only $9.99 apiece). While these gems have made it to boutique style book stores, I have yet to find them in any mainstream venues. The good news…you can buy them online directly from the company, BabyLit, or even from Amazon. Ayla currently has four of the books, but after perusing the BabyLit website today, I may need to add a few more to her library. How can anyone turn down Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Sherlock Holmes, or Moby Dick-especially when the graphics are this cute! The books focus on counting, sounds, shapes and sizes, but all with the help of classical literature-Ingenius! These would also make great baby shower and first birthday gifts just because they are so pretty. If you want to spend a little more you can get the playsets which include punch out figures of the characters and shapes. Check them out, and let me know what you think. The images below are just a sampling of their work, and these images come directly from the BabyLit website at http://www.babylit.com

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