Librarians recommend baby board books

Babies on Track bookLooking for fresh ideas for board books to share with your baby this summer? If you don’t have them yet, check out the Babies on Track books, Our Alaska Family and Let’s Talk Alaska!  We asked a few librarians around the state for their favorites, and here’s what they told us:

Dale Richesin, Togiak Public Library:

  • Peek-A-Boo Alaska by Bernd and Susan Richter, because babies just love to play peek-a-boo
  • Goodnight Alaska – Goodnight Little Bear, also from the Richters, is wonderful for bedtime.

Charlotte Glover, Youth Services Librarian at Ketchikan Public Library:

  • Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes (one of Glover’s all-time favorites for summer)
  • Sara Anderson’s books: Fruit, Vegetables, Numbers, Colors, and A Day At The Market. “Anderson is a Seattle artist, not widely known outside her area. Her books deserve more play because they are gorgeous and perfect for summer,” Glover said.
  • Baby Loves Summer, a lift-the-flap book by Karen Katz
  • Swim, just released by Marilyn Brigham

Terrie Weckerle at Ready to Read Resource Center, Anchorage Public Library:

  • any of Tana Hoban’s wordless board books, such as Black & White and Who Are They
  • any of Alexandra Day’s wordless board books about Carl, such as Carl’s Afternoon in the Park and Carl’s Birthday
  • Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen
  • Annie Kubler’s Waiting for Baby and My New Baby

Ready to Read Resource Center has now launched theme-based Read With Me Bags, each filled with 10 board books, and all available for checkout around the state (return postage included).

Researchers have found that parents and children have more language interaction when “reading” wordless books than books with simple text. Wordless books are more open-ended and encourage natural conversation. Check out this handout on “What You Can Do with a Wordless Book,” and enjoy summer reading with your child!

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