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24 Must Have Books for Babies (0-6 Months)

20 Apr

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I love when my friends announce their pregnancies – it’s another excuse for me to love on their kids by buying them lots and lots of books. In fact, I’m really starting to regret that I didn’t create a spreadsheet with kids names and books gifted to them cause I have a lot of little ones to buy for!

After talking briefly with a new momma/blogging friend, we brainstormed creating a list like this for new parents who may not have any idea where to start when creating a library for their little one. If you’re looking for Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you won’t find them on this list – I wanted to provide everyone with the books you might not get as a gift, but should definitely be in your baby’s own personal library. Some of these you’ll see have photographs of real babies – a sure fire way for babies to connect to the book as well as high contrast books for babies who haven’t developed their full sight and colors yet.

Honestly, at this stage it’s more about bonding than what you’re reading – you could read your child Harry Potter and it’d be fine. I know someone who read aloud articles for their research while working on their thesis to their baby. This time is for your baby to understand that books equal love and cuddles and one-on-one time together with you. It’s not necessarily about what you read. But, if you are new to buying books for babies, definitely look for board books – these are books published on thicker pages made of cardboard and will hold up to babies exploring books which means inevitably putting them in their mouths.

You can also check out my blog posts about choosing books for a baby shower here and here for other great ideas on books for babies. Here’s a list of 24 titles you need to check out – buy them or borrow them from the library because they are really wonderful books to share with your bundle of joy.

  • ABC’s by Charley Harper
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena
  • Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light
  • Black on White by Tana Hoban
  • Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers
  • Faces: A High Contrast Board Book
  • First 100 Words
  • Global Babies
  • The House In the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
  • I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and To Lichtenheld
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
  • Look Look! by Peter Linenthal
  • Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • “More, More, More” Said the Baby by Vera Williams
  • Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Hammill
  • Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
  • Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli



Cruise Into Kindergarten Bulletin Board

24 Mar

Pennsylvania Public Libraries have created the Cruise Into Kindergarten model to promote early literacy programs and book lists in public libraries.  Many states libraries and associations are adopting similar models to promote just how much public libraries offer their residents in terms of early literacy – in storytimes, STEAM programs, dances, art workshops, Family Place libraries, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, booklists for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and so much more.

So to promote this amazing initiative, I re-created our online Cruise game on our front bulletin board, complete with spaces and promoting all the great programs and books our library offers families with children from birth – Kindergarten.

We have Family Reading Month during the month of April, so there are a lot of extra activities happening for families, which means more people checking out this awesome bulletin board and the awesome website for more information and activities to do with their kids!


5 Early Literacy Practices Resources

19 Mar

ecrrThere are some amazing resources out there to help you promote or better understand the 5 Early Literacy Practices.

Almost every library you come across with some sort of information about early literacy practices, so I only put up a couple.  If you have other go-to resources, please share and I’ll add them to the list.  There is a considerable amount of research and content available about early literacy and it can definitely help teachers, librarians, parents and caregivers understand how very important early literacy is to small children.

Board Books for Baby Showers

11 Feb


I’m at that point in my life where it seems like I have a baby shower once a month.  And as a librarian, my go-to baby shower gifts are books.  Books are awesome because parents can begin using them as soon as they receive them, reading to their baby in utero as well as for a number of years as their baby grows up.  So without further ado, here are some of my favorite board books to give as gifts:

  1. White on Black by Tana Hoban (also check out Black on White by the same author)
  2. Peek-a-Who?
  3. Snuggle Puppy (a love song) by Sandra Boynton (basically, anything by Sandra is genius)
  4. My Car by Byron Barton
  5. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
  6. First 100 Animals
  7. I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy
  8. Global Babies
  9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
  10. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  12. Hello Baby! by Mem Fox
  13. Nursery Rhymes by Roger Priddy
  14. The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
  15. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  16. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  17. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  18. Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli (Leslie is another author that is absolute genius in the board books format)
  19. My Colors / Mis Colores by Rebecca Emberley
  20. That’s Not My Teddy… by Fiona Watts (there is a HUGE series of these from Usborne)

Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Weekend

1 Dec

I took the day off yesterday and created these adorable creatures!  I found a lot of great ideas on Pinterest and online and created my own pattern and went to town!  Many of my bookclub friends have had babies over the past year and I thought it would be sweet to give them something homemade for the holidays!  So fun fact: a group of giraffes is called a tower! Isn’t that awesome?  So I made a tower of giraffes for  my friends’ kids.  They have an adorable turquoise giraffe print on one side and turquoise minky fabric on the other.  Turquoise is my favorite color and because most of the babies born were boys I thought it worked well.  The giraffe’s mane is made up of four different types of ribbon (and an extra piece for the tail!)  The giraffe patten was drawn on a an 8.5 x 11″ piece of computer paper, so they’re probably 8-9 inches high and probably 5-6 inches wide.

After I successfully made my tower of giraffes, I had some leftover fabric from another project and made an adorable dinosaur for my nephew.  He’s a fleece dino print on one side and a bright orange minky fabric on the other.  I also found ribbons to match his pattern with orange, yellow, turquoise and navy.

What’s great is you can make pretty much anything you want and it’s not too difficult to do.  I think the hardest part is that the fleece and minky fabrics are difficult to work with – they stretch and move, but if you made any of these animals with a cotton fabric, it would probably be much easier.  Also double check the directions, so that when you turn then outside out, the ribbons are in the right spot and are sticking out correctly.  It’s also important to cross over the ribbons a few times to make sure they can’t get pulled out my strong baby fingers.

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