I am a self-proclaimed book fiend. Children's literature holds a special place in my heart - I think it is because my mother is an avid book lover herself and taught me from very early on to love classic, well-written children's literature.
Beautiful, enriching illustrations are just a part of the draw of a wonderful children's story, and so most of the books we review here will have gorgeous drawings.
You will not find any lackluster books on this blog. No vulgar Dora, Spongebob or Disney.
We believe in books that beautify the experience of growing up and learning.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Goonight Goodnight Sleepyhead by Ruth Krauss/Illustrated by Jane Dyer

Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead is another baby night-time book and it's illustrated by Jane Dyer (the illustrator of our favorite, Time for Bed).

This book takes you through baby's room; we tuck in the stuffed animals, say "goodnight" to the elements in baby's bedroom and say goodnight to baby's head, fingers, toes, ears and nose. It has a soothing rhyming cadence and ends up teaching baby the parts of his body.

By the time I'm finished reading this one I'm ready for bed. Although...at this point I'm always ready for bed.
Though I see this as more of a baby/toddler book, my kids still pull it out for me to read from time to time.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Babies by Gyo Fujikawa

At our house, we love Babies. Babies we know, babies we don't know; babies big, babies little; babies quiet, babies crying...all kinds of babies.

What I love most about this book is the illustrations. They're vintage (this book was one of my mom's favorites when she was a little one) and too sweet. The kids had fun checking out what all the babies on every page were up to. Some being naughty, some eating, some sleeping, some playing with their toes.

This one comes in board book form, so it's great for babies and toddlers.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Little Mommy by Sharon Kane

This Little Golden Book has so much vintage, girlie charm.
It follows a little girl as she goes through her day being "mommy" to her three baby dolls. She fixes lunch, hangs up the wash, takes a walk, teaches them their lessons and tucks them into bed.
Evie adores Little Mommy. Perfect for a preschool-aged girl loving nothing more than a gaggle of baby dolls to play with.