Bean just turned one. Huge milestone for her, and huge year for us. I am still astonished at the changes that take place in year one. They start out as a sleepy potato who neighs like a goat and within 12 months they are this little babbling person who you can’t stop hugging.
Bean has been very interested in books for the last few months. I often see her little rear end hanging out of her bin of toys, which is also book storage. She emerges 90% of the time with a book, not a toy, in her hand. I love this.
To celebrate Bean’s first birthday and her love of books, I created Bean’s Choice Awards.
FAVORITE TRY-TO-RIP-THE -FLAP-OFF BOOK: Dear Zoo
In this sweet animal book children can flip open various flaps to expose various animals. Play the guessing game when they are ready. Assign noises to the animals. I am against the idea of zoos, but I like this book because it is simple and written for the toddler brain. I am wondering if I can rename it Dear Serengeti…
FAVORITE RUB-RUB-AND-RUB-SOME-MORE BOOK: Millie Moo
This search-and-find / touch-and-feel book is quirky and fun. It is larger than the average board book, making it more interactive for little ones (the bigger the better, right?). The words are colorful and part of the illustrations, and there are holes on each page that lead to finding something wacky on the next page.
FAVORITE BOOK TO POINT AT: Best Little Board Book Ever
If you read my blog you know that I love Richard Scarry. Why? Because his books are perfect for the toddler brain; the brain that loves repetition, absorbs information and makes connections. The book has word / picture associations everywhere, and the illustrations are detailed and fun. Bean points at things and I tell her what it is. We often don’t read the book, but just picture walk through it. This small version of Early Words and Color Book is the perfect pocket book – bring it everywhere you go.
FAVORITE BOOK TO PULL AND DRAG AROUND: What Makes a Rainbow
I adore this magical ribbon book that slowly weaves colored ribbon into the rainbow inside its pages. The last page provides a pop up rainbow. Unfortunately this pop up rainbow is already dented and broken from many handlings in our house. The ribbons are often used as a book leash as it is pulled behind Bean.
FAVORITE BOOK TO HARM (OUT OF LOVE): Dr. Seuss’s Oh, Baby! Go, Baby!
This pop up book has spins, pulls and fluffs. We have already lost a few of the pulls…but this book is well loved. This book makes for a great “Welcome Baby” present.
FAVORITE BOOK TO SQUAWK AT: If I Were a Hippo….
We have had this book in the back seat of the car for the past two months. Bean plays / reads/ handles it when she is in the car and needs a little entertainment. There are different textures to feel (the parts of the hippo) within the book, and the book itself has a tail sticking out of it. This book is usually one of the first books that Bean reaches for.