One of the hundreds of reasons that I’m more of a “toddler/kid” person than a “baby” person is that I love to read to children. Watch You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan goes to Fox books and ends up telling some other customer what book she’s looking for……this has happened to me numerous times. Probably because I’m just LOOKING for someone to half-whisper to themselves, “What to get for a 12 year old girl?” or “I wonder what my 3 year old nephew would like?” and I’m ALL OVER IT.
I should have been a children’s librarian or a bookstore owner or something. But instead I’m a Mom, which allows me to pour all my love of books into my children. And let’s just say that children’s books are coming out of our ears.
We made these shelves for Ransom’s room and I’m starting to think we should have made more. So not only does Tabitha have books in her room ( mostly of the board book variety) but Ransom has a book case plus the super cool rain-gutter shelves…
That being said, I think I’m going to do a little book series on my blog of my favorite books/Ransom’s favorite books. And I suppose its best for me to start with Board Books for the under a year lot since it makes sense to go sequentially.
Many people don’t think its important to read to your children when they are very young, but take it from me…its SO important. Ransom was probably about 8 months old when he first laughed at a book….and I think it teaches them so much, even if its just to sit still in your lap for a few minutes.
Here are our favorites. By the way, minor little rabbit trail rant, I HATE IT when publishers will publish a book that is for a WAY older audience in board book form just because they can! Then people end up getting a book for a child that is way over their head and they don’t enjoy it and the just end up giving up….noooo gooooood! Board books should be for the tikes who still have the propensity to stick a book in their mouths or tear pages…We’ve got quite a few so called board books that I’m JUST NOW pulling out for Ransom because they weren’t age appropriate till now. This fact confuses me…..Annnnnnnyway, there are SO many perfectly wonderful and age appropriate board books out there and after compiling my list, I realized that almost ALL these books were given to us as gifts! Thanks friends for sharing your awesome books with us, because this was definitely a category that I knew nothing about until I had a kid of my own!)
First tip: Buy ANYTHING by Sandra Boynton. I discovered her during Ransom’s first year and I’m addicted. I pretty much have a girl crush on this woman because anyone who’s ever had to read to a baby knows that repetition is the name of the game, and if I have to read something over and over it better be clever and extra points if its down right funny, and that is exactly what her books are!
( Follow her on twitter @SandraBoynton, she’s hilarous! )
Our personal favorite is definitely this one, Blue Hat, Green Hat
I’d also have to say that this one is also great: The Belly Button Book (Thanks Tabitha for giving us this book) :
Here’s another classic. Mr. Brown can Moo, can You? Bonus: Ransom is not afraid of thunder because in the book it says, “Boom Boom Boom, Mr Brown is a wonder, Boom Boom Boom, Mr. Brown makes thunder.” And so that is what Ransom says when he hears it outside. ( Thanks Miranda for giving us this book!)