This week, there are four books that seem to be making it out of Isabelle’s wall unit bookshelf:
- City Signs by Zoran Milich has a school bus on the cover. My daughter is fascinated by all forms of transportation, especially school buses. She wakes up around 7 a.m. at which time I open the blinds to her bedroom almost immediately. While she’s still in her crib, we often see a school bus pass by, which delights her to no end. However, the reason I think this book is out is because she likes it when I sing “The Wheels on the Bus” to her. In fact, in order to get me to sing the song, she will often open to the page in Milich’s book that has the school bus and then she’ll sign “more,” which I’ve learned means, “Sing the ‘Wheels on the Bus’, Mommy.” And, of course, I do.
- Happy Birthday, Moon (Moonbear) by Frank Asch is an older book I recently added to our home collection since my daughter has a great fondness of the moon these days. I was perusing moon-themed birthday parties (She’s turning two soon.) on Pinterest, which is when I first learned about this book. Isabelle LOVES pointing to the moon on each page. As time goes on, I look forward to teaching her about the concept of an echo by utilizing this book. (Bear calls out to the moon from the mountaintops and believes the moon is answering him back. In reality, as you probably already guessed, he is hearing his echo.)
- Isabelle’s cousins gave her The Shapes of My Jewish Year by Marji Gold-Vukson several months ago. It’s long been a favorite. As Chanukah approaches, it is a reminder to me to talk about the shapes of things (e.g., the gelt, the candles, the dreidel) with Isabelle so that the holiday isn’t just about religion… it’ll also be a time that reinforces basic concepts as well.
- Whose Toes Are Those? is a new lift the flap board book by Sally Symes. Each page spread asks the reader to guess which animal’s nose and toes are hiding behind the flap. Once the flap is lifted the adorable animal is revealed and giggles ensue. This is one of the cuter lift the flap books I’ve encountered in recent months and I look forward to buying it for friends whose kids also have second birthdays coming up in the next few months.