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Books for Baby: Board Books

Every month we share a special book with our readers. Books are so important in childhood. They are important throughout our lives, but in childhood especially, the teach us invaluable lessons. They show us a world we could never imagine. They open up our imagination, they give us language development, they show us new friends, new places, and they teach us about ourselves. A child’s love and appreciation of books begins very early. Even the smallest of babies can appreciate and love a book. My youngest is almost two and he absolutely adores books. He brings them to me constantly begging for me to read them to him. He eagerly turns the pages, he touches the pictures, and he even “reads” them when I am not helping him. The best way to cultivate the love of books and reading is to introduce them to books very early, make sure they are age level appropriate, and developmentally appropriate.

Appropriate sounds like such a strange word. Parents might be thinking content; the book doesn’t have content that would confuse or scare the child, but that isn’t quite what we mean.

Did you know that the first 6 months of life children recognize images in black and white and bold patterns? So during this stage you want to have books with bold patterns and stick to contrasting colors like black and white.

After 6months+ you can add in books that have unique textures. Things the kids can feel and move, soft, hard, rough, scratchy, etc.

Around one year you can add in ones that have sounds or pop-ups. These things can help with their development of space and depth.

When you are reading with your young child try to read in a soft and soothing voice at first. As children grow change your vocal range with different characters. All of this adds to the experience of reading and teaches kids how to use language and their own voice. It also keeps them calm, or alert, depending on the inflection of your voice.

Board books are always an excellent choice in early books. They are resilient. They can be used and abused by young hands. They also usually have very bright and interesting images and illustrations appropriate for this age group. We recommend looking in to lots of different types of board books, but you can never go wrong with Sandra Boynton. Her books have been a favorite of young readers and their parents for decades. Be sure to check out Opposites by Sandra Boynton. It is a fun story that will teach your kids all about opposites.

Best Boy Books: Captain Underpants!

Captain Underpants is a huge fan favorite amongst young boys (and girls!) and with the movie hitting theaters tomorrow it is the PERFECT time to get your kids interested. Check out the books first, or head out and see the movie to get those kids laughing and yearning for more. Right now the full 5 book set is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in anticipation of the movie premier.

The books follow two friends that create the greatest super-hero in comic book history, and then they bring him to life. His secret identity is so secret even he doesn’t know who he is. So many insane and hilarious events ensue as he saves the world and wrecks havoc in their Elementary school and beyond. It is full of jokes, hilarious situations, and that kind of humor that young boys just eat up. The books have been praised as a set that truly brings reluctant readers to the bookstore again and again.

 

The books are perfect for ages 8-13. But children as young as 5 can enjoy it with the help of a parent reading aloud with them. With the movie premiering tomorrow it is a great chance to draw in new fans by checking out the books before, or even after. You and your kids will love the hilarious situations everyone gets in to, but you will love how incredibly enamored your little readers will become. So be sure to check them out now.

Best Boy Books: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie

MINECRAFT. If you have a son under the age of 13 you know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, you may need to check it out. Minecraft is a VERY popular game with boys. It allows players to design and construct their own 3D box world which they can then explore, craft, gather, and eventually use combat methods in with other players, zombies, etc. It is so popular that it has spawned an entire merchandise line, television show, and even books.

This month we want to highlight a series of books that any Minecraft lover will want. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie. This series follows a middle school Minecraft Zombie through his daily life. It is rife with funny video game references, and will keep your little player in stitches. It gives a fun diary style insight in to the world of a 12 year old Minecraft zombie. Readers/players will be surprised how similar their life and the zombies lives actually are. It is a fun and fairly straightforward read for readers 7-12. The series features nearly 17 books and they are available in paperback, hardback, and kindle edition.

These fun a quirky books may just encourage readers that would rather play video games than read to look at a book and see what it has to offer. By adapting their favorite game and giving human emotions to the familiar characters it encourages players to take a deeper look at their game, and themselves, all while keeping the pleasantly entertained.