Hi all–I know a lot of you like reading with kids. Me too. And the last few days I’ve been in reading heaven. First, reading I Love You Stinkyface! at least 17 times, staying with grand-kids Mae & Eero– and now I’ve moved over to stay with baby Lois and Yum Yum! seems to be the favorite.
So for all you who love kid reading out there, here’s a few favorite early baby books, beloved for the pictures, rhythms and rhyme.
I pretty much adore any book illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. And this super simple book of farmyard animals making their respective “animal noises” is a perfect early book.
Baby Babble by Kate Merritt is just right for babies– bright, simple and absolutely “chew proof.” It says so on the cover (also is nontoxic & 100% washable!). Love the colorful friendly illustrations–part of a series of 20 similar baby books made of plastic, not cardboard.
Featuring a series of hungry animals and their favorite foods, Yum Yum! by Yusuke Yonezu is a delight. Each animal has a cut out mouth that “devours” a carrot, banana… All her books are inventive and sweet.
And an old favorite–Brown Bear, Brown Bear (board book version) by Eric Carle, is the perfect chanting rhythm and rhyme book for early listeners. Bold illustrations and repeated color words are a big plus.
P.S. top illustration thanks to biblioteques__UVEG