Judging from the brightly-wrapped gift packs of hand lotion and Hershey’s Kisses that I saw at CVS last night, gift buying season is here and that means it’s time to go book shopping!
Occasionally I’m asked to recommend gifts for very young children – one, two, and three year-olds. Such a short period of time in a child’s life, but crucial to the development of their language and imagination. After you’ve read classics like The Carrot Seed and Freight Train countless times, you may want to put a few new titles under the tree – for your child and you!
Here are two perfect new books for children just beginning to explore the magic of turning the page….
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd
Last year, one of my favorite new books was also by Lizi Boyd – Flashlight, a beautiful wordless book about a boy exploring the nighttime world with his flashlight.
Boyd’s new book, Big Bear Little Chair, is seemingly simple, but look more closely. A concept book about size, there is also a warm story to follow between the two bears. Selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015, Boyd’s limited color palette – she uses only grey, black, white and red – make this a visually stunning book for young children.
A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
A collection of poems from author Michael Rosen – each one of them perfect for sharing with a young child sitting on your lap. The rhymes are short and the joyful pictures are large. Fun word play and poems featuring favorite toys and animals make this the perfect introduction to the world of poetry.
Last week, during a class visit, I noticed this first grade boy looking quite comfortable. He had arranged the the chairs and pillows completely on his own. An impressive set up – I was tempted to offer him a cup of hot chocolate!