“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.“
— Roald Dahl (British novelist & children’s writer 1916-1990)
Hi all– In a couple weeks we’re heading up to San Francisco to a baby shower for our daughter Ani and her Brian. I can’t wait! And all the friends are bringing books to start that baby girl’s library. I’m of a mind that a baby can’t have too many books! So here’s my dilemma– which books should I wrap up for the newest grand-girl?? There are so many stories I look forward to reading to that little girl! Here’s a few possibilities:
The Jolly Postman by Alan and Janet Ahlberg
A British postman delivers letters to storybook characters across the countryside– and the actual letters pull out from pockets on the pages to be read. Charming.
Noah’s Ark by Peter Speier
Dutch artist. Peter Speier, tells the story of Noah and his ark in the this detailed wordless book with plenty of humor ad warmth. A Caldecott winner.
No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold
Despite warnings about jumping on the bed, Walter jumps until he crashes down through several floors of his apartment building, taking the other occupants along with him. Clever rhyme and illustration.
My Crayons Talk by G. Brian Karas
A lively lovely first book of colors– set the to a staccato rhythm that carries the story along. “Talk talk, my crayons talk, Clickety Clackety Talk talk talk!”
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Naughty Nora just wants attention and she’ll do just about anything to get it– until she disappears!
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
A toddler goes wild with his set of paints, starting with his body and ending up pretty much splashing paint in all directions– to the tune of “It Ain’t Going to Rain No More.” Wacky rhyme and whimsical illustrations make this loads of fun!
The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Wescott
Sing along story of a baby who drinks the bath water and eats the soap and ends up with the arrival of the slightly crazy doctor and nurse. But the hero of the story is the lady with the alligator purse– and her pizza!
Lunch by Denise Flemming
Colorfully crafted illustrations tell the story of a little mouse with a big appetite who eats his way through the kitchen. Delightful.
There you have it. So many fantastic books (and there are more!!) We’ll be reading stories galore to our new little baby Heung in the year to come…