As a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to let you guys know what board books I ended up ordering for my storytimes. I polled my esteemed colleagues on the ALSC listserv and got some great ideas!
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sharon Boynton
Sharon Boynton is seriously one of the best children’s authors out there for storytime books. Her stuff is engaging and her illustrations are charming. Moo, Baa, La La La is one of my favorite board books in general, because of the easily identifiable farm animals and the way it encourages kids to interact with the reader by making the different animal sounds.
Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers
This was one of the recommendations that came up a lot, because babies really love books about other babies – seeing themselves in the illustrations makes it much easier to engage them with the book! Everywhere Babies also features babies doing recognizable things and simple rhyming text that I think will work very well as a readaloud.
Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim
Who doesn’t love This Little Piggy? One of my goals for this activity is to encourage interaction between the babies, their caretakers, and the books, and setting something like This Little Piggy to illustration accomplishes that handily. And also, again, babies love books about babies.
In My Tree, by Sarah Gillingham
This one is a bit of an experiment – In My Tree features a little finger puppet owl, which will either be a fun thing for the babies to play with as the pages turn OR I will find myself with a bunch of torn-out finger puppets. We’ll see!