Monday, June 21, 2010

The Bibliophile Has Learned to Read (and a New Board Book)

Hello!  We are still here, and still reading.  In fact, the Infant Bibliophile has become quite the little reader himself.  He started out with BOB books, and a couple of months ago, he really seemed to "get" the concept of sounding out words.  He's now whipping through books like Go, Dog, Go and the Foot Book, as well as every street sign we come across.  (Not bad for 2 1/2!).  He likes to revisit a lot of his old board book favorites, like Moo Baa Lalala and Cars and Trucks from A to Z, and we talk about how he will be able to read them aloud to younger siblings some day. 

So, we were happy to have the opportunity to review a new board book this month.  I thought it would be an easy read for the Bibliophile, and doubly useful when a new baby makes an appearance. 

 Color Bears, by Judy Palaferro.  Color Bears combines bright illustrations (depicting colorful bears in all sorts of fun situations), alongside pages of high contrast black and white images that are sure to appeal to babies.  The text is simple ("Sunny Yellow Bears"), and the artwork playful (yellow bear-shaped sunglasses).  Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Judy Palaferro has created a charming board book for the youngest of bibliophiles.
"Bright orange bears"
Bookworm's interest at 2 years, 6 months: He enjoyed it right away, and often chooses this to read before bed.  I would recommend it for a younger age group (he's 2 1/2), but I can see it will get a lot of use around here, particularly when there is a younger sibling to share it with.

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Question: What were/are your little ones favorite books to read themselves when they first began reading?


MaryAnne said...

What a little bibliophile you have! Nobody is reading in our house yet, although I did catch Emma filling in the first letters on a reading worksheet correctly (adding C to "at" under a picture of a cat, h to "en" under a picture of a hen, etc) - so I think she could read if she wanted to!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Sounds like she is reading, MaryAnne! Just quietly. :) Our little guy loved a game like that called Alphablocks, on the bbc website. They have cute little videos and then a quiz at the end where you choose letters to spell a word. Come to think of it, you probably know the same concept game on Starfall.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Good to hear from you! How exciting it is that IB is reading. I always thought from what you wrote about him that he won't be an early reader too. You did such a great job and now will get to repeat it with #2 :)

Our family nest said...

we loved the book series called brand new readers

Britt said...

WOWZA! Mister doesn't even have the alphabet down yet, lol.

We like the Reading for All Learners books. They're great little primers.

Lisa said...

Reading at 2.5!! The Pirate still doesn't read, but I think he's secretly close.

Playing by the book said...

Great to hear from you - I've been wondering how you're getting on and feeling. Hope all is well!