Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Books for Kids Ages 0-2

I know we're all still slightly buzzed from all that Halloween candy in our veins, but Christmas is right around the corner.  It's time to put away the cauldrons and cobwebs.  It's time to start thinking of holiday gifts.  (It's also time to think about turkey and gratitude, but everyone knows that waiting to think about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over makes for an extremely hectic and generally less jolly December.  So.  Christmas.)

As you might imagine of someone who spends their spare time reading and writing about books, I'm a big fan of giving books for the holidays.  Of course, gift giving is very personal.  But it's also more than a little dependent of the gift recipient's age.  Starting today I'll be posting book gift ideas for different ages, from babies all the way up to adults.

Let's start with the littlest people.  This is arguably the most important age group to get books for.  Babies don't need to understand book plots to develop a love of reading.  And there are so many fantastic books for babies out there.  Of course, Sandra Boynton, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon are tried and true favorites, and deservedly so.  But here are some of my favorite less well-known book gift ideas for the age 0-2 set.  
Alphabet Wallet Cards: Beautiful illustrations, educational,  non-toxic, durable, easy to throw in the diaper bag and go.  This is on my list for my Little this holiday season. 

BabyLit Board Books by Jennifer Adams: These crack me up.  Classic literature meets adorable illustrations in these board books for toddlers.  There are several to choose from as well.  You probably can't imagine reading Anna Karenina to a child, but don't worry, you're not.  These board books take elements from the classic stories and use them to teach colors, or numbers, or basic words.  For example, from Pride and Prejudice:
So these are very age appropriate.  And are going in my Little's stocking this Christmas.  This would also make a great baby shower gift if the mom-to-be is a bibliophile. 

Alphabet by Paul Thurlby: This is one memorable alphabet book.  Each letter is illustrated in a striking, creative way.  You can definitely tell that Paul Thurlby is a graphic artist.  Love it.  My favorite is the letter B:
Adorbs, right?  Simple but engaging.  I'm a fan.

Global Babies by Maya Ajmera: What do all babies love?  Other babies.  As you may have guessed from the title, this book simply shows babies from around the world.  Seventeen different babies, seventeen different cultures.  Also, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these books help support the Global Fund For Children's Grant, which benefits children around the world. 
(Note: Also available is Global Baby Girls, if you're interested.)

Hippopposites by Janik Coat:  This book is rad.  It teaches the standard opposites such as small/large and light/dark, but also teaches some less typical opposites such as clear/blurry and visible/invisible.  The illustrations are really what make this book, though.  They are simple and crisp, but very visually appealing and often quite funny.  This is a great one for hippo lovers, graphic design connoisseurs, or parents who are sick of reading the same old opposites book and want something new. 

Pantone Colors by Pantone: This is not your average color board book.  It teaches colors in two ways: the vibrant red wagon visually teaches the color red, but the various color swatches on the side also teach about shading, tone, light, dark, etc.  For example:

So fantastic!  The illustrations are lovely and the titles for the different shades of color are clever.  This would be a really good one for kids (or parents) with an artistic bent.

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na:  This book is just cute.  It shows how different animals sleep (some with their eyes open, some while standing up, etc.) all through the eyes of an owl, who stays awake watching over the other animals until the sun comes up and it's finally his turn to sleep.  There's not too much text, but the illustrations are rich and enchanting, making this perfect for little people with short attention spans. 

Make Your Own!  A quick Google search reveals several different sites through which you can create your own board book.  Take photos of grandparents, siblings, travels, or whatever you like to make a customized board book that will be unlike any other, since your child will actually know the people depicted inside.  I also found this tutorial online of a board book make with photos printed on card stock and an old board book found laying around the house.  

There are so many good ones to choose from.  Good luck choosing!
Coming tomorrow: Books for Kids Ages 3-5

**Note: None of these books are sponsored.  I just really like these books and thought you might too.  Also, I am not nearly cool enough to do a sponsored post yet.  Tell your friends about Bookmark Dragon.**


  1. These are AWESOME! Thanks for the ideas.

    1. Glad you like them! My Little is getting more than one of these in her stocking this December...

  2. Brilliant! I thought I was pretty familiar with books for this age, but I hadn't seen some of these before.


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