Following his blog on bath books, our dad in Italy, Dan ruminates on reading books. Can he hunt down the best book for babies, toddlers, children?
If you read last week’s blog you may remember that I began by stating that I was going to write about books for babies before quickly getting distracted by some awesome bath books that I found and then running out of space! But I did promise that this week I would make up for it so here I am!
When I wrote about bath books, I was looking for books that were a little different from what I’d normally expect and I’d like to take the same approach today! My mission is to find beautiful baby books that have some really imaginative ideas so I’ll look for more unusual stories rather than the classics or my old favourites. I wonder what I’m going to find!
The first book which jumps out at me is one of my favourites games transformed into a book! Guess Which Hand, written by Hans Wilhelm and beautifully illustrated by Ilaria Guarducci is published by Hardie Grant and would no doubt have my only little ones screaming with laughter! This clever, interactive book features a wheel which helps us to hide different objects that we then need to guess under which of the owl’s flips are hidden! This would be a great addition to any little-one’s library!
The next book which caught my eye is called You Are Light, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker. This book is a little hard to describe but the words are pure poetry while there is a ring of roles in each page which reveal a lovely circle of colour. There is a short video on Youtube which presents the book’s features better than I could ever describe them so check it out here!
The next book which I couldn’t resist investigating is called David Bowie and is part of the Little People Big Dreams collection. This book is not unique in the sense that it has unusual features like sounds or interactive games but ‘Oh My Goodness’ I need to order a copy for my house right now! In fact, even if I wasn’t a parent I think I’d still order it. This book tells the story of David’s early passion for music and his strong sense of identity and courage to be different. Bowie inspired so many people to be themselves and for that alone his gift to the world was huge. I’m sure he’ll continue to do so and I love how this book shares his story with children and hopefully shows them to embrace their eccentricities and quirks! The Little People Big Dreams collection also features stories on other inspirational people including Stevie Wonder, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela and many others! How did this pass me by???
So, I need to go now and order these for my own collection which now seems badly lacking without them!
I’m a little embarrassed that I wasn’t aware of these books already! If there are any other glaring omissions from my library I’d really appreciate your suggestions below!
Until next time! Ciao for now!
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