Push, pull, pedal, tow
Wheels help to make us go
When it comes to board books, sometimes something as simple as an uncommon theme can be enough to make one worth grabbing.
What Do Wheels Do All Day?, in a new, bilingual English/Spanish edition, is a great example of this. Kids (and parents) who are tired of farm animals, number/colour/alphabet/shape concept books, and cutesy images of babies doing all the usual stuff, are sure to get a kick out of this simple, rhyming exploration of the wheel and its uses. From the abstract “wheels whiz, wheels whir,” to familiar real-life examples like “wheels parade and wheels patrol” (showing police on motorcycles in a parade), it’s a fun, rhythmic read, enhanced by Giles Laroche’s detailed, three-dimensional illustrations. Read the rest of this entry »
Passover is a uniquely special holiday in the Jewish calendar. One of the longer holidays, and set apart from the rest of the year by its unique rules and practices–it is a wonderful excuse to really have kids experience the richness of Jewish tradition. But how do you convey the wonder of the Passover story, or of so very many special traditions packed into one holiday, to a toddler?
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Best. Baby. Book. Ever.
Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But not by much. So let’s just put it this way: if I was trying to help new parents build an essential library for their babies of the most spectacular children’s books out there (which I sort of am), Press Here would be at the top of the list. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been said before, but bears repeating: Hippopposites is exactly the sort of book for which Noodlenuts was created. In an endless sea of baby board books full of cutesy farm animals, with stock illustrations that all start to look the same, it’s easy for a parent to give up and assume that this is one area in which they’ll just have to suck it up and live with the tediousness. And after all, it’s not like one ought to expect entertainment from something the toddler mostly chews on, right? Read the rest of this entry »
Three hamsters with a pear
Four hamsters in the air
I admit it: I just love a bit of well-executed randomness in a children’s book. I can’t help but feel like sometimes the most fun to be had with a book for really little kids is in a story that is a little bit wonky and odd, but in that sort of clever way that never veers entirely into the completely chaotic or incoherent.
It’s because of this that I love author/illustrator Kass Reich’s first book, Hamsters Holding Hands, a counting board book that is ridiculously sweet and fun. Read the rest of this entry »
So you’re probably thinking, “Art books for infants? Isn’t that a bit much?” But here’s the thing: if you’re going to buy the board books for them to chew on and throw around anyway, you might as well get something visually stimulating, something interesting, something that they may even want to go back and look at when they’re old enough to understand more of what they’re seeing.
Some of the books in this group are about famous artists and their art. Others are more straightforward concept books created by known artists, simple books that appeal for their striking aesthetics. One series even incorporates touch-and-feel features.
Most importantly, they ARE designed for babies–they’re just a little more interesting than the usual baby fare: Read the rest of this entry »
With infants and toddlers, repetition is everything, which means that you’re likely to be reading those sturdy little cardboard books that they so love, dozens and dozens of times, to a little one who never seems to get tired of them. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were a little less tedious for you as well? Here are a few authors of board books that are fun, upbeat, and guaranteed to amuse parents as well as kids. The best part? You can count on pretty much ANYTHING by these authors to be reliably entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »
Listen, Listen is an enchanting, old-fashioned book about the sounds of the different seasons. Read the rest of this entry »
The very first thing that struck me about I Took the Moon for a Walk, upon reading it for the first time, was that the rhyme scheme was not only well-done (a feat in itself), but that its rhythms were quite distinctly reminiscent of classic nursery rhymes. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes I like to jump high as I can,
to see how much noise I can make when I land.
I came across this little book by chance when combing through the children’s section of a bookstore one day, and knew I had to have it right away. This is because not only is Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball a bright little story that does a great job of conveying a child’s-eye view of the world, it is also a useful tool for getting kids moving. Read the rest of this entry »