Abe loves to read books (although washing labels on his stuffed animals will do in a pinch). Before we even brought him home from the hospital his 10-year-old bookworm cousin, Chloe, told me, "make sure you read to him every day. Even babies like books." So I've read to him since he was a newborn baby.
Now at 9 1/2 months old, he'll sit on the floor with a stack of books and look through them much longer than he'll play with any of his toys. I'm glad he developed that love of books early on. Whether he's admiring the pictures, trying out new words, or just bonding with mommy and daddy, I feel like books are already playing an important role in his development.
We have an extensive collection of books - mostly purchased back when I was teaching. As a child, my favorite authors/illustrators were Syd Hoff, Richard Scarry, and of course, Dr. Seuss. When I was teaching I was introduced to other illustrators that I immediately fell in love with, including Eric Carle, Felicia Bond, and Nadine Bernard Wescott. As a result, the small collection of books that I'd saved from my childhood grew and grew and GREW!
It's been fun sharing these stories with Abe and seeing which ones he's drawn to. I bought him Five Little Ducks as a Christmas gift, and it's been a favorite ever since.
|Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino|
It's a classic children's song about five little ducks that go out into the world, and each time their mother calls them back, one duck is missing. This song is considered public domain so there are a million different versions of this book to choose from. I never considered buying one until I found this copy by one of my new favorite illustrators, Dan Yaccarino.
Not only are his illustrations surreal and amazing, but he's changed the song slightly, so instead of just going over the hills and far away, these little ducks go to exciting new places each time they go out. This book is perfectly readable, but if you prefer to sing it, he rewrote the story in such a way that it still works with the original tune.
Unfortunately, this gorgeous board book is out of print, but used copies are usually cheap and easy to find online.
Do you have a favorite children's book, author, or illustrator? I'll be reviewing more of our favorites in the weeks to come, but I'm always looking for more great books to check out!