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10 Board Books Beloved by My Baby Boy #pb10for10

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The Reflect & Refine and Enjoy & Embrace Learning Blogs are hosting their annual picture book extravaganza today.

Today’s the day… it’s time for PICTURE BOOK 10 FOR 10, an event co-hosted by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek.

Isabelle seemed to love being read to more than Ari does. While Isabelle munched on her board books more than her baby brother, Ari likes to turn his board books upside down, crawl on them, and smack the pages as he’s being read to. Despite his babyish (He is a baby, after all!) reading habits, he does have favorite board books! Here are ten board books the little man in my life loves to listen to (and flip through) right now.

  1. Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone and Debbie Harter (Barefoot Books, 1998) –> Great rhyming and adorable illustrations.
  2. Hair by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press, 2017) –> This is the first book Isabelle learned to read to Ari so, naturally, he loves it!
  3. I Love You, Little One by Patricia Hegarty and Thomas Elliott (Tiger Tales, 2017) –> Sweet, loving rhymes made even cuter by touch-and-feel pages.
  4. I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay (Barefoot Books, 2004) –> Stunning illustrations match the soothing cadence.
  5. In My Forest by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich (Chronicle Books, 2010) –> The plush baby deer on every page delights my little guy.
  6. Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions photos by Molly Magnuson (Abrams Appleseed, 2017) –> It has a mirror on the final page. Need I say more?
  7. My Little Cities: New York by Jennifer Adams and Greg Pizzoli (Chronicle Books, 2017) –> A favorite way to prep the little guy for his first trip to Manhattan.
  8. Peek-a Moo! by Nina Laden (Chronicle Books, 2017) –> Cute rhymes, bold illustrations, and another mirror!
  9. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star illustrations by Yu-hsuan Huang (Nosy Crow, 2015) –> An interactive book that mommy sings is always a hit.
  10. Where is Baby’s Yummy Tummy? by Karen Katz (Little Simon, 2011) –> Squeals of laughter come from every flap that’s lifted.
Ari’s Board Book Stack
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A favorite finger puppet book

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey and the kids’ version has been adapted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.

Isabelle selected a few books to have me read to her this afternoon: The Alphabet with Wild Animals by Mélanie Watt, Discover Opposites, which is a Smithsonian Institution board book, and Trucks, which is a Bright Baby Book. But perhaps the one she loves the most (that she selected) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book by Eric Carle. It contains an endearing, 3D caterpillar who can wiggle (& talk when impersonated by yours truly). We read the book several times with more and more giggles on every subsequent read. It may be a basic counting book, but there’s a lot of ad libbing one an do to add-on to each page, which contains illustrations of fruits, to make it a more enriching read.


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Bizzy Bear is in the house (again)!

Thank you to the folks who left comments on my post earlier this week. I took your advice and purchased three new Bizzy Bear books to replace the one that broke. They arrived today while Izzy was napping. I brought them up to her when she woke up. The expression on her face was sheer delight. Her face lit up. Her little hands began manipulating the cardboard pages immediately. What a priceless literacy-related moment!


After I read all three of the books to her, she handed one of them over to her bear, Schlepp. He asked her, “Would you like me to read these to you?”
“Yes,” Isabelle replied.
So, using my best bear voice, I read them aloud to her. (Do you know how hard it is to manipulate books like these using a stuffed animal’s paw? Not complaining, just saying.)

Time to put my iPhone down and get back to reading with Isabelle. 🙂

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Board Book Repair Tips Needed

How do I fix this?

Every now and then my daughter lifts the flap of a book one too many times or a bit too quickly and it rips off.  There’s a quick fix for that: clear packing tape.  However, one of her beloved board books, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Get to Work! by Benji Davies, has come apart.  The page that invites her little hands to “push that sand” has fallen out of the book.  I can only imagine it happened when she pushed it too hard.  Or perhaps it was because she pushed it too often.  Regardless, the cardboard has fallen out of the book.

This piece of cardboard was laying on our kitchen counter, staring up at me, for two weeks.  I wasn’t sure how I’d manage to fix it.  Last night, after watching my daughter’s sad face when she couldn’t interact with that page of the book, I decided to try to put the cardboard back into the book.  I couldn’t manipulate it so that it would fit.  My husband tried and tried and eventually got the cardboard back into its track in the book.  Success!

But then today, she was sitting on the floor reading Bizzy Bear: Let’s Get to Work! when I heard a whimper.  And then I was being handed something.  It was that pesky piece of cardboard — again.  It had fallen out — again.  I have no idea how to fix it — again.

A book board mender, I am not.  Is the solution going to be buying a new Bizzy Bear book?

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Little Library

I frequented the New England Mobile Book Fair quite a bit when we lived in Providence.  I outfitted much of my classroom library with books purchased there.  In addition, I would go there and buy books for my personal library and for friends’ kids.  Therefore, I purchased the “Guess How Much I Love You” Little Library long before I had Isabelle.  It sat in shrink-wrap for about two years until last week.  I recently removed the shrink-wrap and gave them to Isabelle since she seemed to like a few of the Tigger & Friends Books that we had extras of from her first birthday party’s treat bags.

Isabelle has really taken to the series of books written by Sam McBratney.  There are four tales of nutbrown hairs in these little books.  Each tiny board book reflects a particular season of the year.  While she is under the age recommendation for these books (They’re for kids three and up.), she really enjoys holding them in her hands.  They’re a great distraction tool during things like hair brushing since she can easily hold the books and turn the pages.

And oh does she love to turn the pages of these books!  She enjoys looking at the illustrations and flipping the pages, which is her way of reading.  Due to my desire not to praise her for every little thing she does, I cheer for her when she reads the book left to right, right-side-up, and turns every page.  (Cheering consists of me saying things like “Yea!  You read the entire book left to right.” or “Yea!  You figured out how to read the book correctly and you read every page!)  She lights up when she hears me say “Yea…” and loves watching me clap for her.  In fact, she even claps too when she realizes that I’m recognizing something she did well.