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.
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!
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.
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