I was away on vacation so my latest Children’s Shelf post was a touch delayed. My son has continued growing and exploring, and lately I’ve noticed that he seems more attached to his books than usual. In the past, he enjoyed being read to but now he likes to hear a book 5 or 6 times over. Harry the Dirty Dog, one of his favorites last month, continues to be beloved. However, we’ve discovered some new-to-us favorites as well.
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field won a Caldecott Medal back in the 1940s, and it’s not hard to see why. This book contains a gentle nighttime prayer for the littlest of children, and it’s a lovely bedtime read. The illustrations are charming, and my son’s bedtime routine is not complete without several readings of this one. Highly recommend.
This next book is one that we’ve had in our library since my son was a tiny baby, but it’s still a favorite. Mem Fox’s Hello Baby! is a fairly simple book which takes readers through a variety of facial expressions and encourages little ones (and to their delight, Mommy and Daddy!) to practice making all kinds of different faces, too. It helps teach children expression, and it’s good fun as well.
My fondness for Margaret Wise Brown continues unabated, and it’s a love my little son shares. So, Big Red Barn with its animals large and small has made its way onto the reading list. Again, as one might expect from Brown, the book has nice imagery and a comforting way with words.
And while we’re on the topic of farm animals, here is a book from my own childhood that is getting a great reception in our house. Moo, Baa, La La La! is just plain fun.
The nursery has a Beatrix Potter theme, so I’ve gotten many versions of her stories as gifts. This sound-story version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit is my son’s current favorite. The book contains a simplified version of the Peter Rabbit story with buttons that can be pressed to add sound effects. My son loves getting into the act and helping with the reading of the story!