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Subject: Looking for book suggestions for my baby girl
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 6:35 AM ET
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I have a 3 month old baby girl and we have story time every afternoon. I have lots of the Boyton books. She seems to enjoy the ryhming and and the bright bold pages. She will even pay attention to longer books, like the Oilvia series. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for funny or ryhming board books or picture books? Thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 9:49 AM ET
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Mo Willems (author) is excellent! We are partial to the pigeon series, however there's also another very cute series he has called Elephant and Piggie. The illustrations in all of his books go perfectly with the mood of his characters and his characters are VERY developed for such simple stories...these are hilariously fun read-alouds (parents will get a kick out of the pigeon and his antics). The illustrations are very vivid but not busy at all.

I love the Ahlbergs as well (Janet and Allan). Each Peach Pear Plum, the Jolly Postman, and many others. These were favorites of mine growing up (and still are).

Favorites in our house are All the Colors of the Earth (Sheila Hamanaka) and  Mommy's Best Kisses (Margaret Anastas). These are two of my absolute favorites (both for their lyrical content and stunning illustrations). There's a board book version of Mommy's Best Kisses, but we have the hardcover edition.

My kids also both loved the Baby Einstein board books.

Anything with pictures of other babies would probably be desirable, too.



Date Posted: 8/1/2010 5:59 PM ET
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for a baby that young, maybe an ABC book with BIG pictures------"A is for Apple, so rosy and red; B is for Baby, and Bunny and Bed"  etc.  Don't forget selected Moher Goose rhymes such as "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can......"    and also, besides reading to her, remember to SING to her . . . . . and play all those little games that have rhymes associated with them, such as "This little piggy went to market" and "Buzzy buzzy bee, buzz around the barn"  and "Trot, trot to Boston, to buy a fat pig....", and "Pony girl, pony girl, won't you be my pony girl?" etc.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 10:24 PM ET
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My children's favorite books - the ones they asked me to read again and again and again until I had them memorized:

Where's Kitty? (Little Critter) - Mercer Mayer - lift a flap board book

Pat the Bunny

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown - fun rhyming and as your dd gets older she can find the mouse on each colored page

The Very Busy Spider - Eric Carle - many of the pages have raised printing and the kids loved to touch it

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

My youngest child is eight and I can still recite large portions of these books from memory!

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 1:21 AM ET
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At that age, what seems to matter is the meter and rhyme.  That said, Jane Yolen's series How Do Dinosaurs Do xxx  Is often a big hit.  And the classics, Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  What matters is the cadence, and that you are willing to read the one book over and over.  Don't pick one that is recommend but you dislike.

My Dad always read One Fish Two Fish by Dr Seuss.  It's the one that I can still here the joy in his voice when I think about the book.  I had other books that my Mom read.  But that book was the one he always read.  Children will hear if you don't like the book.  It will be in your tone.

At the other end, a board book with photos of babies is also needed.  Photos, not drawings.  A wide variety of facial expressions is what should be looked for.