Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Favorite Books on Grandparents.com's List of 14 Best Baby Books

I am now hosting a group at Grandparents.com called “New Grandparents.” It is a new group and we already have 22 members – please come join us and chime in on the conversation. Grandparents.com is a great resource rich website for grandparents - it is really chock full of useful information.

A recent article entitled 14 Best Baby Books provides a wonderful list of books especially for babies. I recently went to my local Barnes and Noble and felt both overwhelmed and not enthusiastic at the same time as I flipped through the choices of baby books. The few books I liked seemed awfully overpriced and I wound up not buying any. Fortunately at my daughter’s baby shower many people brought a book and Zach has quite a wonderful starter library.

View the entire Grandparents.com list with a summary review of each here

Here is my list of the top five books on the Grandparents.com 14 Best Baby Books list. All 14 books are available at Amazon.com This list of five books met these two criteria:

Discounted at Amazon - up to over 50% off – or quite inexpensive
4½ or 5 star review by 5 or more reviewers at Amazon

1. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
$5.99 160 reviews – 5 stars
This book is not discounted but it is very inexpensive. I remember Sandra Boynton when I read to my own kids - starting with Fran 28 years ago – and she was always a favorite. It looks like she still is.

2. Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here! Barbara Park
List price $15.99, $10.87 at Amazon 23 reviews – 5 stars
This book is highly recommended for an older child when a Mom is expecting. Looks like a winner to me.

3. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury
List price $16.00, $10.88 at Amazon 19 reviews – 41/2 stars
This book is a rhyming gem and Helen Oxenbury (another illustrator familiar to my children) make this book a winner – and a good buy with the Amazon discount.

4. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
List price $17.99, $12.23 at Amazon 67 reviews – 41/2 reviews
This Caldecott Book winner with black and white illustrations is called “luminous” by one reviewer” and destined to be a classic by another. I know my kids were drawn to several books done in black and white and this one seems to spark the imagination and the heart.

5. Princess BabyList price $14.99, $10.19 at Amazon 7 reviews – 41/2 stars
I am actually not into the Princess theme but this book met my criteria

You can click on the title of the book in the Great Books for Your Grandchild box in the sidebar and go straight to Amazon if you are interested in any of these books.

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