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Grandma Update: Board Books!

Mazen, right from the start, liked books.  What more could a writer grandma ask for?

Here are some winners!

His mom and dad read this one with amazing gusto. Lots of clippity clopping along with happy chaos!

Clip Clop

 Sturdy tabs help small hands turn the pages in Baby Colors.


Who doesn’t love  a peek-a-boo book combined with rhymes and a surprise mirror at the end?

Peek a Who

Baby’s face becomes a fox’s: “Good night, my little fox,”  a candy: “Good night, my sweet,” a dumpling: “Good night, my little dumping,” and plenty of others.

Good Night

Llama’s got all the cool moves!  Mazen is learning to zoom right along with him.


Delicious foods and familiar endearments are just the recipe in these two titles.

You Are My Cupcake

Babies adore looking at other babies. Voila!  Babies everywhere!

Babies Everywhere

Sometimes toddlers are lickety quick, and other times they are slow, slow, slow. Celebrate  the concept of speed with Duck and Snail.
Quick Duck

Slow Snail

Celebrities often miss the mark when they write children’s books, but Spike Lee and his wife are right on!  They capture the personality of a very determined baby.

Please Baby Please

Bathtime, lift-the-flap, and touch and feel splash together in these bright photographs.

Bathtime Peekaboo

Babies are babies all over the world!

Global Babies

And two classics!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See features the tissue paper collages of the beloved Eric Carle.

Brown Bear

And last but not least, meet the creatures who love Little Gorilla. And since this book ends with a first birthday party,Little Gorilla makes the perfect gift for that landmark occasion.


Speaking of first birthdays, look who’s turning ONE:


This grandma is on her way to the bookstore soon. I’m going to scout out some new books to add to my pile of presents.

What about you grandmas and moms and aunts and caregivers out there?  Any titles to suggest?

11 thoughts on “Grandma Update: Board Books!”

  1. Great fun! I’m a sucker for anything illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Those rosy cheeked babies just make me happy. I know it’s not very modern, but I get all wistful looking at those soft water colors.

    Have fun shopping!


  2. I love books! The books for young children are so much fun – the rhymes, the colors, the illustrations, they all make the books great for the reader and the “read-ee”.


  3. Perennial favorites with the little ones I take care of:
    Where’s Spot? (the original is by far the best)
    Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti


  4. Board books
    1. Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown (another classic by the author of Goodnight Moon, uses the same gradually darkening illustrations – good for bedtime story time)
    2. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? – Dr. Seuss (abridged) – Complete version is great for “audience participation” – child makes the sounds
    3. Goodnight Our World Series – most titles by Mark Gamble – Good Night titles for many states, cities, places, some countries, and for future astronomers, even Good Night Galaxy!
    1. Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill – great for little one to practice saying “No!” – not that they need practice!
    2. Duck on a Bike – David Shannon
    3. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
    4. Bedtime is Cancelled – Cece Meng


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