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The Picky Reader: Bedtime Books

This month, I’m here with five recommendations for great books to read at bedtime. I was browsing some online lists, and the books there tend to be, ahem, a little cheesy. I have no problem with a bit of cheese at bedtime or any other time, but not every bedtime book needs to end with a line about mama loving her baby so so so much. A word, first, on GOODNIGHT MOON. I’m not including it in my list, as I assume you got a copy (or three) at your shower. If you’ve read it every night for... read more

The Picky Reader: Reading to Your Children – When and How?

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids First things first. There is no “bad time” or “bad way” to read to your child. Obviously. Morning, snack time, bedtime, the middle of a visit to Grandma’s—if your child points to a book and wants you to read it, go for it! Rosemary Wells recommends reading to young children for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. As your baby grows, here are some tips that might be useful for working reading into your child’s... read more

The Picky Reader: Let It Snow!

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids Who doesn’t love winter? Okay, okay, when your back aches from shoveling, and your child’s nose is perpetually running, and daycare is cancelled but work isn’t, I get that it’s not the most blissful of seasons. If you’re dragging a bit, sit down with your child and look at some snow-themed children’s picture books. In them, the snow is almost always white and fluffy, the polar bears are friendly, and the children still... read more

The Picky Reader: Nonfiction Gems

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids Welcome back to the Picky Reader! Today, I have four recommendations for nonfiction picture books. I’ve noticed parents ignore this entire section in the library, but nonfiction books aren’t just for school. I happen to believe we are in a golden age of children’s nonfiction, and these selected titles are beautifully written, illustrated, and designed. I hope your children enjoy them! Evans, Shane W. UNDERGROUND. Roaring... read more

The Picky Reader: Local Children’s Bookstores-Support them During the Holidays!

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids I thought that I’d pause this time of year to feature some of the independent children’s bookstores in the Boston area. It’s a rare and wonderful thing for an entire store to be devoted to children’s books. The staff in these places amazes me. These folks know SO MUCH about the books on their shelves. They’ve read everything. And they can hand sell like nobody’s business. What’s hand selling? That’s when you go... read more

The Picky Reader: Baby Showers and Books

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids My awesome gal pal Mimi threw me a “Bookworm Baby Shower” when I was pregnant. She knew that many of my friends were book lovers, so she polled the guests to find out the names of everyone’s favorite picture book. She then printed out the cover images, mounted them on colorful cardstock, and made a banner that she hung at the party. She made me guess who had selected what book, a game during which I managed to insult some... read more

The Picky Reader: Board Books Demystified (Part II)

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids Welcome back to the Picky Reader! In my last post, I began a discussion about qualities to look for when selecting board books for an infant. As I said in Part I, board books are meant to be a child’s first encounter with a book, a child who has a limited sphere of experience and whose visual and auditory processing skills are still developing. Last time, I recommended sniffing out board books with Accessible Content, such... read more

The Picky Reader: Board Books Demystified (Part 1)

The Picky Reader Putting Great Books in the Hands of Our Kids Welcome to the Picky Reader! I’m thrilled to be here at Mommybites Boston blogging about children’s books. We’ll discuss award winners, gems that are under the radar, great books to give as gifts, generating craft projects with books, great local story time sites, etc. First up: Board books. They confuse a lot of people. For starters, they emerged in the late 1970’s, so they weren’t highly distributed commodities when... read more