It's We Recommend, in which we use our superpowers to find readers the perfect book. Got a kid who needs a recommendation?
Write us at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com with the age,
reading tastes, favorite books, and any other relevant (or irrelevant)
information, and we'll give it a shot. And really? All the good
suggestions are in the comments.
This email came at a particularly opportune time for me, because Diana just turned…14. As in, 14 years old. As in, far closer to 20 than to being a baby. As in, I am not fully adjusted to this yet, because I am not so super-spectacular with handling change, and by the time I adjust she will be out of the house and Oh God!
I wish I were wiser.
At any rate, here is something delightful! Bear witness:
I have a 5 month old who loves to be read to. We spend a lot of our
day reading board books (Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton, counting books
galore) and I could desperately use some new material. He loves pop up
books, lift the flap books and books with simple, colorful pictures. I
thought Dr. Seuss would be good but those are a bit too long. Most of my
go-tos for early readers don't have the right illustrations to really
capture his attention (bright, bold). Any suggestions for this very
Remember? Picture books? Silliness? When your kid greeted your arrival with a look of utter surprise and bliss, even if it was just that you'd gone in the other room for a minute? (OK, and yes, had diapers and woke up in the night, and vomited copiously. And couldn't talk. True, true.)
Anyway, yes, Dr. Seuss is a lot of words for a five-month-old. And, full disclosure, in letting this writer know we would be addressing this email, I already gave the awesome Byron Barton a shout-out (though at that link they don't have his most awesome book, which is Machines at Work. I love that book so!
The only problem is, there are so many! Pat the Bunny (Daddy's scratchy face! Still sort of freaks me out!), Goodnight, Moon, The Big Red Barn, Goodnight, Gorilla—it goes on and on and on, and those are just the classics! Oh, and Duck Is Dirty! Diana was a big fan of Jamberry, too, and really anything with awesome, silly words. But for the one pick (before we rightfully dive into what I hope are the wide and deep array of suggestions in the comments), I have to go with the one that Diana "read" to Chestnut when Chestnut was tiny, the perfect and strange book we all loved. And it's about babies!
This book is so excellent! And the last page (spoiler alert!) is a silvered circle for a mirror, so the baby can adorably try to eat its own face.
But OK, enough gushing. If I promise not to complain about how I have a teenager anymore will you offer even better options in the comments?