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


3 More Favorites from Ayla’s Library

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After such a great response to yesterday’s post on baby literature, I thought I would throw out a couple more favorites! You may be more familiar with these picks, but if not, make sure to check them out.

The Pout-Pout Fish made it to the New York Times Bestseller List (this is no surprise). This book is funny, playful, and has colorful illustrations. Although many publishers frown on rhyme, this book has rhyme that works! The story has the added benefit of teaching a lesson, but not in an “in your face” way. Ayla loves looking at the pictures, and now her favorite thing to do is give SMOOCHES! If you visit the author, Deborah Diesen’s webpage, you will find downloadable Pout-Pout Fish activity sheets, coloring pages, finger play rhymes, and more.9780374360979_p0_v2_s260x420

My second favorite pick would be the books illustrated and created by Olivier Dunrea, including the Gossie and Friends series (another New York Times Bestseller). The Gossie and Friends series has a small board book gift set. These tiny board books are perfect for little hands! In addition to the Gossie books, Dunrea has several books in the Little Cub series. These are just so sweet. The illustrations are great, and the short stories endearing. If you have adopted a child, Little Cub is a must read!414C-wE9buL

Finally, my third pick (which also happens to land on the New York Times Bestseller list) would be all books by Nancy Tillman. On the Night You Were Born tends to be my favorite, but The Crown on Your Head is a close second. The captivating illustrations primarily focus on animals and nature, and the stories are in rhyme (again, rhyme that works). If you already have these, you may have to buy them again! Why? They come in a personalized version with your child’s name. How cool is that! Put Me in the Story is one website that specializes in doing this with many different children’s books. If you don’t want to repurchase them for your kiddo, this may be a great idea for a baby gift.cover_crown

All of these books can be found on Amazon and in most chain bookstores like Barnes and Noble. The book images above are taken from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Nancy Tillman’s webpage respectively. Check them out and let me know what you think. Or, if you already have these, throw out your opinion.

From The Mom in Me, MD

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