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Friday, June 25, 2010

First Books, Part 2

Last week I wrote a blog highlighting five children's books that I think are just a little bit unique that make good additions to first libraries! This week I am highlighting five more books that are also good additions, and they are definitely the more lovey-dovey type.

Kiss Kiss, by Margaret Wild, was one of the first few books I could tell Jackson really liked, and one that he asked to hear over and over. We originally checked this one out from the library, but loved it so much we had to own it! (That seems to be a trend...Hmmm...) The first couple of times I read it to Jackson, I kissed his head every time the story said "kiss." He started looking up to me expecting a kiss when we read this book or other talking about kisses! I LOVED that :) Not only is the book a sweet story about a mama hippo and her baby hippo, but it shows some varying terrains and uses lots of good preposition words. It never hurts to multi-task when reading good stories... ;)

How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?, by Varsha Bajaj, was the first Valentine's Day book I bought Jackson! In order for me to enjoy reading a book over and over and over it needs to have some rhythm and a bit of a story. I'm not such a fan of the one-word-on-a-page books. This book counts from one to ten (and some silly high numbers) as different animals ask their babies how many kisses they would like. It's a good feel-good book for bedtime :)

Won't You Be My Hugaroo?, by Joanne Ryder, is another Jackson favorite. This became a favorite later on because he liked pointing out all of the balloons! There are a lot of them, and I think he is also trying to tell us that the yellow ones are his favorite :) This book has a companion: Won't You Be My Kissaroo? They are both very sweet and follow the same pattern of showing different kinds of hugs and kisses. The animals in the pictures are so cute! I think this was also a Valentine's Day purchase...

I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Shustack, is probably one that I love more than Jackson, to be honest. It's a simple story, but the pictures caught my attention right away! They are so cute, you can't help wanting to snuggle your own little person!

I Kissed the Baby!, by Mary Murphy, was totally an accidental discovery! I was using up an Amazon gift card and needed one more thing. I was searching the children's books (this was right after Jackson was born), and I came across this one. I figured that it was only a five dollar investment, I would give it a shot. I was totally overwhelmed once it arrived and I read it! It caters to the idea that newborn babies really can only appreciate the contrast of black and white. There is a bit of color thrown in, but the pictures are very simple and mostly black and white. The words that accompany the pictures are so funny! Jackson laughs every time we read this now! He especially loves the Pfffwwwt! kiss at the end :)

Check out Feed Me Books Friday over at The Adventure of Motherhood!


MommaHarms said...

We love kissing books at our house too! I did a kissing book today for FMBF in fact. THese look like excellent choices for a babe.

Janna said...

Hi Dana,

When B asks for a book that we've returned to the library I use that as my gauge to buy it. I think she would love the first one. She has a thing for hippos.

I emailed you but it must have gone to your junk mail again. I wrote Amy, she must have passed on my email to her publicist and then sent me a copy to review and are letting me giveaway a copy!!!! So thank you, thank you, thank you.

I am thrilled to own a copy of your birthday book!

Janna said...

Dana please let me know by this Thursday if you can Host Feed Me Books Friday on July 30th. Thanks for volunteering!