At just over five months, she’s now definitely reaching for the books…in order to put them in her mouth. Teeth are only beginning to emerge now – I can feel two lower incisors about to break through – so no teethmarks yet, just spit.
- Happy Hippo, Angry Duck is our good-morning book. “Hello, little person. How are you today?”
- The Sign Language ABC board book from the Belmont Public Library was a favorite find. She can’t finger-spell yet, of course, but the grown-ups can! Seems like a good thing to learn.
- I Will Take A Nap! was a gift from dear friends, and we always love Mo Willems!
- Adventures of Cow is definitely more for the parents than for the kid at this point, but older kids – who can tell that Cow’s view of the world is kind of skewed – will enjoy the humor.
- Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? annoyed me because although all of the animals live in North America (as per the author’s note), they live in different regions and most of them would never see the others. Harumph. Eric Carle illustrations, though.
- Wow! Said the Owl is another favorite discovered at the library. Great for learning colors, and there’s the fun of staying up all day (as opposed to all night) being the mischievous activity for the little owl.
- Winnie: hide-and-seek biscuits! And we like these illustrations better than Finding Winnie, though the “But his heart made up his mind” refrain from the latter is poetic.
- Hurray for Hat! is about cheering up friends, and features some double-page illustrations so you have to turn the book 90 degrees to get the whole view.
- Kevin Henkes’ Birds reminds me a bit of Fall Is Not Easy and Jon Muth’s Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons. Plus maybe the author was a little high?
- When Winter Comes is a wonderfully cozy read about where all the living things go in the wintertime. We didn’t get it till March of this year and it was a mild winter anyway, but we’ll keep it in mind for next year. Someone recommended it to me – I forget who, but if it was you, thanks!
- Highly caffeinated Weasels have built a machine to take over the world and have to troubleshoot it when it breaks. Lots of speech-bubble dialogue in addition to the minimal prose; lots to look at on each page. Maybe more fun for adults than kids?
- Jenny Offill is a mad genius. And the protagonist of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore and 11 Experiments That Failed reminds me a little of Ramona Quimby. (Readers of adult literary fiction should also check out her novel, Dept. of Speculation.)
- Not pictured: Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! Best read beside a pile of blocks for knocking over to accompany the story.
And now, just a few baby photos…