Baby Ben's Favorite Reads

Baby Ben enjoys story time at the library last summer.

I recently got to visit with Baby Ben (aka Benny). I was pleased to discover that at the age of 10 months, he is into books big time! In fact, he spent a lot of time on that day looking at books, being read to, and chewing on his favorite bath tub book.

Here are Baby Ben's favorites (as of now).

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin. This classic is written in rhyme and tells the story of a variety of animals and what they see. Benny loves the rhythm of this one.

Good Night Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. A little bunny bids good night to all the objects in his room before falling asleep. This book is also written in rhyme and Benny enjoys the rhythm of this one as well.

Are You My Mother, by P.D. Eastman.  In this story, a little bird falls from the nest and begins a search for his mother. He asks a variety of animals and objects the same question, "Are you my mother?"  The repetition of the question creates a nice rhythm, according to Baby Ben.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. As everyone knows Dr. Seuss was into rhyming. That probably goes without saying. This book describes feet doing all kinds of things, walking, dancing, skating, etc. With limited prose and colorful characters this book also creates a rhythm that catches Baby Ben's attention.

In case you haven't caught on, Baby Ben is captivated by the sound and rhythm of words. He is also building a large vocabulary, although he doesn't know that right now. He is also getting a head start on learning to read, something else that he doesn't realize right now.  But fortunately for Baby Ben, his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins do realize that reading, even to a very young child, is of the utmost importance!

According to his mom, Where the Wild Things Are , written and illustrated by
Maurice Sendak is Benny's all time favorite.  He even dressed up as Max for Halloween!  Now that's a boy after his great aunt's heart because that book also happens to be my all time favorite!!

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world.
 Love of books is the best of all".
                                                               Jackie Kennedy

I couldn't agree more.

That's all for now.
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