You might notice that our recent reads are, ahem, lacking in substance. This is totally justified because baby A has truly begun to take notice of his multi-sensory books. Granted, I probably have not spent enough time with turn-the-flap, touch-and-feel, scratch-and-sniff, etc. Instead, I often select the books that I personally love. Hopefully, this is not completely to A's detriment. I am beginning to rectify the problem!
Tails. I read about this book on a message board when I was trying to assuage my growing panic about our upcoming transatlantic flight to Europe and in search of any good "entertaining the baby without medicating them" ideas. As it turns out, I think it's a bit bulky and unwieldy for travel, but it was a completely inspired purchase. Baby A LOVES it. He's not so much into touching the furry tails, but he likes opening the flaps, which are extra large and easy for him to manage. Lately, he's been wriggling all around in our arms and craning his little neck towards the shelf where we keep this book, and it's the only one that calms him down immediately.
Dear Zoo. Here is a classic turn-the-flap book. It's one that I'd often seen in classrooms and libraries but never read. A shame I missed it, because it's absolutely adorable and truly a perfect beginning for showing babies and small children how to turn flaps. I must warn you, should you purchase your own new copy, that the flaps are quite secure and also constructed of fairly thin stiff paper. You'll need to go through the book first and open all of the flaps, because they'll be impossible for baby to manipulate when the book is brand new. Sadly, baby A experienced his first paper cut when he enthusiastically attempted to open one of the crisp, new flaps. I am pleased to say it has not affected his interest in the book.
Moongame. There is a whole series of "Moonbear" books by Frank Asch, but this is the only one with which I'm familiar. It was a random find in my set of classroom books, probably from a book fair or an extra copy shared by my mother. I pulled it out on a whim a few days ago, and we've both enjoyed reading it. I can imagine it will become even more interesting as A gets older. The illustrations are simple, but bright and sweet, and the story is relatable.
The Lorax. To be fair, baby A's attention span does not allow for a complete reading of The Lorax in one sitting. We usually break it up over about three sessions. I did not fully appreciate the wonder of this book when I was young. It really warms my heart to think that I sort of "discovered" it again while reading with my baby. I am confident it won't be the last time, either.
We had our weekly visit to the library yesterday, and I'm really excited about some of the things we (okay, I) picked out. Maybe a few of them will make the next list?