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24 Must Have Books for Babies (7-12 Months)

27 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.

This list includes concept books – alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes as it’s never too early to start working on these things, plus it includes a lot of rhyming books for babies to hear how words sound and some books that are just plain fun to read! Don’t forget books with textures, flaps and interactive parts that are sure to make your baby giggle with delight.

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, plus my starter list for babies from 0-6 months. 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.

  • BabyLit books published by Gibbs Smith
  • Baby University published by Sourcebooks
  • A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • Hello Baby by Mem Fox
  • Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
  • Indestructibles published by Workman
  • Little You by Richard Van Camp
  • L-M-N-O Peas by Keith Baker
  • Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
  • My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts by David McPhail
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barret
  • Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
  • Say Hello Like This! By Mary Murphy
  • So Much! by Trish Cooke
  • Spot Goes to the Farm by Eric Hill
  • Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz



#blogbookaday: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

12 Mar

32498545Summary:  “6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem.. or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Private I’s takes the case, when 6 comes into the office after hearing that 7 ate 9 and 7’s after 6 now. The Private leaves no stone unturned as he searches for clues and interviews the other numbers. With lots of word and numberplay this is a fun story to share again and again.

Personal Reaction: I love wordplay, puns and cheesy dad jokes, so this story was right up my alley. The illustrations gave the Private Eye/noir story just the right touch and the the story would be one I’d read a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. This book would be great for elementary age students and even older to get all the jokes, but preschool and early elementary age kids would enjoy the story as well (even if they didn’t “get” all the jokes)! This would make a great picture book to share in a math class, for sure!

Title: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Author: Tara Lazar
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 16, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Toddler Storytime Theme: Counting

6 Oct


  • Can You Count Ten Toes? by Lezlie Evans (We counted in English on most of these pages, but I did ask each group if they spoke any of the languages to help us out)
  • Island Counting 1 2 3 by Frané Lessac
  • One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

  • Song:“Gettin’ My Ya-Ya’s Out” by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Just Say Hi!
  • Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”
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