Another short list of a few of my favorite books!
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore: The classic question: “Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face. Would you still love me then?” Answer? Resounding yes! Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny, this book is written and illustrated with a modern reader in mind. Green aliens from Mars, giant scary apes, slimy swamp monsters, all there to test a mother’s love. I love this book in part because Mama makes up all kinds of goofy sound effects for each creature–her alien voice and smelly skunk “pee-u!” are my favorites!
From Head to Toe Board Book by Eric Carle: A book about body parts and how they move, all mimicking different animals. I’m not quite old enough to do the actions in this book (kick my legs like a donkey, shrug my shoulders like a buffalo), but I love watching Mama do them! She’s crazy. She helps me do some of the actions, and I love it! Great fun!
Doggies (Boynton on Board) by Sandra Boynton: Woof! Yap yap! Ar-roof! Counting, dogs, and barking. What could be better? I love this book because of all of the great sound effects. Watch out for that cat at the end though–he’s feisty!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Chicka Chicka Book, A) by John Archambault and Bill Martin, Jr. and Lois Ehlert: “Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room?” Without a doubt, the best alphabet book on the planet! Rhyme and rhythm meet the alphabet in a coconut tree. My favorite part is when all of the letters fall out of the tree and end up in a big jumbled pile. I like trying to find the “b” for my name! Mama likes to trace the letters as she reads and she loves bouncing me on her legs to the rhythm. No other alphabet book even comes close!
Where’s Peter? (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter: Yes, it’s a touchy-feely book, and yes, it has flaps to lift, but this book also has the golden trifecta: rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. This book is my favorite of my touch and feel books because the pieces to touch are so big. It’s hard for my tiny, uncoordinated hands to touch small pieces of textured fabrics, and it’s even harder to touch textures that are set into the page like velvet, so this book is a huge hit with me. Best page? Squirrel Nutkin–his bushy tail is huge!
Hope you found something new to read with your little one!
–Brynn (blog co-author, age 9 months)
Clicking on the book will take you to Amazon.com, and if you decide to buy the book, a portion of your purchase comes back to me. I, in turn, will use the profits to purchase books for our local library or for a children’s literacy project.