I originally posted these ideas for Holiday Book Giving on my other blog but thought I’d share them here as well……Christmas is quickly approaching and as I began my shopping today I thought perhaps you’ve started as well! Christmas is my favourite time of year and this year I am looking so forward to the smell of mulled apple cider, and our fresh pine trees, the sounds of my favourite Christmas album, and the crinkle of wrapping paper.
Below are my top recommendations for the book lover’s in your life. If you click on the tags and shop through the link on Amazon you’ll also be supporting this blog (and me) I hope the lists are helpful. It can be a challenge shopping for someone else. If you need a more personal recommendation just leave me a comment or send me an email.
I’d love to hear about the books your giving as gifts this Christmas!
Be sure to share these lists with friends, co-workers, and family!
Everyone could use suggestions for Holiday Book Giving!
I’ve recorded another video with one of my favourite rhymes to share in my babytime classes -(the video is a little shaky due to my fabulous 11 year old film director) Below is the video for “Some Love Coffee, Some Love Tea”. This is a rhyme that parents and caregivers really enjoy sharing with their little ones. It’s simple, easy to remember and has a nice rhythm.
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Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, Illustrated by Marc Brown
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
September 4th 2012
I am very picky when it come to books I share during my baby time programs at the Library. I was delighted when I opened Ten Tiny Toes. Yes, it’s as sweet as it sounds. Is there anything better than the tiny toes of a baby?
” They kicked and they crawled,
they dangles and danced,
they wiggled and wriggled
they preened and they pranced”
The simple story follows little ones as they grow through the years. The fact that in the end the book comes full circle will delight parents. Marc Brown has done a wonderful job with the illustrations. Large images grace every page and are full of texture. The perfect length for sharing during story time or a quiet moment at home; Ten Tiny Toes is one to buy for your home library and would make a fabulous baby gift.
You can take the experience one step further by adding a simple rhyme either before or after your read. This Little Piggy or This Little Cow are always favourites.
This little cow eats grass;
(Wiggle baby’s big toe)
This little cow eats hay;
(Wiggle baby’s second toe)
This little cow drinks water;
(Wiggle baby’s third toe)
This little cow runs away;
(Wiggle baby’s fourth toe)
This little cow does nothing
But laze around all day;
(Wiggle baby’s little toe)
We’ll tickle, tickle, tickle her
Because she lazes around all day.
(Tickle baby from top to bottom!)
Another activities I enjoy doing with the babies and their caregivers-usually during our last program of the session is making footprints. I pre-cut card stock in a variety of colours and use washable white paint and a sponge. I set up a table with the paint and cards and then another with a wash bin with warm water and paper towels.
Parents come to me at the painting station and then I assist them as they paint their child’s foot and press it gently on the card. It’s a bit of work, but a popular activity and the parents are delighted with their “souvenir” of their time in class. This would also work as an activity for home.
With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these little gems on the blog. Bright bold illustrations, and concise text make these a great choice for sharing with little ones. Whether it be the early concepts of colours or counting, the Baby Lit series introduces them in a clever and unique way by presenting them alongside beloved and very simplified classics. We have the first two from the series in my library and we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves, they are always checked out. Though not ideal for a story time read aloud they are perfect for sharing one on one, and would make a wonderful baby gift. As a fan of classics I can also see these being adored and appreciated by any book lover. I’ll definitely be collecting the series.