It's over 100 degrees today and so we're definitely not venturing out into the scorching sunlight this afternoon.
That said, it's hard to keep an almost-2-year-old indoors all day without going cray-zee. One of the ultimate sanity savers in our house on days like today are books.
We read book-after-book. And it's always nice to have a few new ones to pull out. Looking for a few to add to your home collection?
That's Not My Puppy (1999, Usborne Publishing, $7.99). This square-shaped board book is a "touchy-feely book," meaning you can feel each puppy's "fluffy tail," "bumpy paws," and "squashy nose." The simple text, accompanied by bright illustrations, makes this interactive little book an ideal choice for the very youngest of babies up to about age two. P.S. If you've never heard of Usborne books, I urge you to check out their online catalog. I'm so impressed by Usborne's extensive collection of educational and fun books at affordable prices. You can take a peek at the collection and make purchases (that will benefit a stay-at-home mom, by the way) at Usborne Books At Home or GreatFunBooks.com.
Colors. Opposites. Numbers. (2008, Educational Publishing, $6.99 each). Do you ever find yourself looking at board books with your little one, but you're not quite sure what to say as you turn the pages? These books by Early Start are designed for exactly that scenario. The books are interactive and teach basic concepts (colors, numbers, opposites, etc.) using colorful graphics and pull-out flaps. At the bottom of each page - in small text - you'll find a narrative of ideas for what YOU can say (Ex. "Many things are red. This apple is red. What do you do with an apple?").
My First Words (2008, DK Publishing, $9.99). These kind of "vocabulary" books are among my very favorite. Each page is full of vibrant photographs and corresponding words. Organized by "category" (Clothes and Shoes, Around the House, Food and Drink, etc.), the book is essentially a picture dictionary for infants and toddlers. The pages are sturdy (aka non-rippable) and the book is specifically designed to "help your child get talking."
What books help you and your little one(s) pass the day?
WIN IT! There will be three winners. The first winner will receive That's Not My Puppy. A second winner will receive all three featured books in the Early Start series - Colors, Numbers, Opposites. A third winner will receive My First Words. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Saturday, June 21 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winners must provide U.S. mailing addresses.
*UPDATE* The three winners are #123 Jennifer, #84 Vickie Couturier, and #37 Stacey Moore. Congratulations!