Not to long ago I sorted the kids’ library for summer reading. It was not easy. I have a thing for books and while we utilize our public library quite a bit, we still had a lot of books at home. We were out of space and the books were in two different locations making it hard for the kids to look and choose a book.
I sorted into several piles: Keep forever but put-away, keep out on the shelves, give away to Good Will, give away to friends and family. This was a hard process I must tell you, but I finally did it. Several of my keep forever books never made it to the basement. I felt like I could use them in some of my classes that I teach to help encourage reading to babies and toddlers.
As they are still on my desk awaiting to be taken to work I thought I would share them on my blog. (This makes it look like leaving them on the desk for a month had a purpose;)
On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott Illistrated by Glo Coalson. There are several different illistrated versions of this book , but I like Coalson’s version as it features a family that looks Native Alaskan. The book features young Michael and how he loves to sit on his mom’s lap with all his toys, but doesn’t think that there is enough room for his little brother to sit on her lap as well. A great book if you are preparing for a new baby or teaching a sibling preperation class.
If You Were My Bunny by Kate McCMullan Illistrated by David McPhail. This one was given to my my my sister in law, Robin, at my shower for Meg. It is a sweet animal book showing little ones how mama is always there to protect you. Each different animal’s verse can be sung to a lullaby like Hush Little Baby or Twinkle-Twinkle-Little Star.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider told and illistrated by Iza Trapani. If you have never read an Iza Trapani book I highly encourage it. She takes time-old ryhmes and songs and makes gives them a bit of a twist. Very fun for parents tired of the same old stories and great for the kids’ imagination.
You Are My I Love You by Maryann K. Cusiman illistrated by Satomi Ichikawa. A book that brings tears to my eyes and means so much to parents reading it. The following line says it all really:
I am your way home; you are my new path.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star illistrated by Jeanetter Winter The simple song put to a great illistrations showing a little girl climbing a ladder to the sky to get her star. I read this so many times to Meg when she was little. This was our song if you will and I think of her everytime I see the ryme or hear the song.
If you are needing some new board books, are going to a baby shower or like me help new moms by teaching Baby Basics or Sibling classes, these books are great and I encourage you to check them out!
(Disclosure: The links above are not affilate links :)