Kiddo Books We Love

Saturday, March 14, 2015

When I was a kid I LOVED to read. We are so lucky to have the amazing books that we have today for our kids. I've made sure that Anna has a library full of books. Not just random books, but books that I have looked into before purchasing. Prior to teaching math, I taught small reading groups for kiddos that were struggling, and I learned A LOT about books, and that there are books that are just plain better than others. I'm thankful for that experience because I now know what to look for when it comes to purchasing books for my little one. I am no expert by any means, but I'd figured I'd share some of our favorites and why we love them so much because without some of my friends helping me, I wouldn't know about these. :]

Indestructibles: Okay, these books totally ROCK. They are seriously indestructible. The material that they use to make these books is so awesome. They are nontoxic and 100% washable! They are chew-proof, can't be torn, and are super easy to hold and bend. These are not considered 'board books.' The pages are much thinner, but because the material flexes easily, the pages are easy to turn. I highly recommend them if you have a little one that loves to consume books or tear them up [which mine has unfortunately done to a few]. They are really colorful and simple. Some of the books are simply graphic and do not contain words, while others are filled with pictures and labels. Graphic books can be really powerful because you can develop any story you want. It allows a book to be both fiction and non-fiction which is great! If you click the link above you will find all the books on Amazon, and they allow you to 'look inside.' 

Highlights [Magazine]: Holy I was am obsessed with Highlights. If you are a child of the 90s you know exactly what I am talking about. I about cried when I saw that these subscriptions are still around. Here's the beautiful thing about highlights...they are broken down into levels. Hello Magazine [ages 0-2], High Five Magazine [ages 2-6], and Highlights Magazine [ages 6-12]. Huge shout out to my Mom for finding this, because she is the reason my daughter has her first subscription! The link above will take you to the main page where you can read about the three different levels they offer. I LOVE the Hello one that she is in right now because of the 'find it' feature which shows them objects on one page and then on the next page they have to 'find it' in the picture. There are mini stories and poems, it is super simple and has great illustrations. The pages on this are also tear proof and the corners are nicely rounded for safety. Our subscription also came with an adorable calendar--score!

Sandra Boynton Series: Sandra Boynton board books are just plain perfection. By far, at the top of my list. They are educational on so many levels: vocabulary, opposites, numbers, letters, animals, rhyme, etc. Plus the illustrations just crack me up! Her books are not traditional, whimsical in a sense really. They really allow you to get into the characters and exercise your sarcasm when reading. Definitely great for modeling differently elements of fluency. Because as we all know, we are our child's first teacher. There are a ton more that are still on my list to get. Click the link above and you can read all about each one on Amazon!

These are just some of the books that I like to read with my little munchkin during the day. If you are looking to build your child's library, I hope this post helps to get you started. :]

Anna enjoying some Sandra Boynton this morning. :]

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