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When my babies were still scarcely able to open their eyes I started reading to them. I have had a lifelong passion for books and reading and knew immediately that was one thing I wanted to instil in my children – a love of reading. In fact I read essays and articles about nurturing a love for books from even before the girls arrived. One of the pictures in my head that grew in my heart was that of me sitting and cuddling with my kids and reading to them. Those were precious moments, perfect for bonding.
There are a few sweet board books I have still kept from those early years. I will keep them forever because they stand the test of time and will ring true even for grandchildren years from now. I thought that you might appreciate a list of my favourite infant board books because it is the season of giving and gifting and books are always the perfect present.
My Five Favourite Books for Babies:
You can click on any one of the above links and purchase directly from Amazon. Time For Bed is a gorgeous little book of rhyme about animals going to sleep. I adore Mem Fox. Good Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny are both by Margaret Wise Brown and they are the first books my oldest daughter ever received. They are timeless and beautiful. I especially love The Runaway Bunny because it gently assures babies and toddlers that a mother’s love means you will never be lost. Eric Carle’s books are always magnificent and the drawings are truly unique. Guess How Much I Love You is just a sweet little, loving and gentle story. I have always believed babies take in so much more than we give them credit for and their brains are perfect little sponges. What better way to build a relationship than to read with them?
DK Canada’s How People Lived is a great book for school aged children who love culture and anthropology. Payton, 11, loves things like social sciences so I knew this book would be a huge hit here at out house. There is a glossary in the back and this book covers many cultures, ethnicities and eras from cave dwellers to the current times.
You can follow DKCanada on twitter for more information about their amazing book selection. How People Lived got a $$$$$ out of $$$$$ from Payton. I agree because it’s crammed full of facts, history and important information. I wouldn’t recommend for anyone under age 5 and really I’d say it’s ideally suited to ages 6 and up to 13.
Blurb from back of the book –
“See how ancient Egyptian farmers train baboons to collect fruit from trees. Feast your eyes on the spectacular fireworks and dragon dances in medieval China. Watch a viking raiding party preparing for a strike on enemy territory in search of gold and silver.”
DK Canada is a hardcover $20.99 in Canada, 80 pages.
I received a copy of this book for purposes of review. My opinion is 100 % my own.
Zoe’s Room is a sweet story about sharing and sisters. We loved it here and are happy to share our giveaway with you also. This one was so good it was a natural catalyst to getting our Tales From the Treehouse series kicked off for the season again. Zoe is a little girl, a wee bit of a princess, with a bit of a knack for turning her room upside down after lights out time at night. She adores creative play and her imagination is magnificent. Please click through the video review above to see what my kiddo thought. Ainsley enjoyed this one very much and took it to school to share with her entire class.
It gets $$$$$ out of $$$$$.
From the Press release:
How do you teach school-aged children about science, healthy eating and the body? Well, the Human Body Detectives series, by Canadian Heather Manley, now living in Hawaii, is one of the smartest tools available. Dr. Heather Manley is a naturopathic doctor and a parent who created the series called Human Body Detectives. (http://www.humanbodydetectives.com/) There are three stories so far in this series and each one tackles a topic of biology and features sisters Merrin and Pearl as they are transported through the human body in search of clues as to what might be happening to a friend or a relative. In Battle With The Bugs, Merrin and Pearl are vacationing with family in Mexico when their young cousin Max gets ill. Together, they journey inside Max’s immune system and learn how the body fights bugs. The story is educational and entertaining. My kids were using very complex science terms like leukocytes and macrophages after only hearing this audiobook once. The drawings on the app _downloadable app for the digestive system book called Lucky Escape _ and on the workbook pages are dynamite and truly high quality. I loved that this series came with an audio CD. I like these a lot for reinforcing learning in the car.
You can purchase the CD set with workbook and colour stickers for only $15.00 through Dr. Heather Manley’s web site. The app for Lucky Escape is a steal at $1.99. I give this series a $$$$$ out of $$$$$. Educational, smart and makes sense for families on the go. Also promotes healthy eating in children. Meant for ages four and upto 12.
(Join us later this week Thursday, Jan. 6th at 1 p.m. EST for a twitter party #drheather and you could win your own set of these books and CDs.) Stay tuned for more details.