At BritMums Live a couple of weeks ago, I met the lovely peeps from Parragon Books. They saved me the trouble of panic buying Syd a present from Smiths at Waterloo by giving me some delightful baby books to enjoy with him, much better, and more age appropriate than chewing gum and a copy of The Guardian, I am sure you will agree!
I chose these two in particular, as Syd is currently revelling in his ability to name colours, and has just started to sing nursery rhymes, (in a cute, mispronounced toddler fashion), so these were particularly ideal for him.
Peek- a- boo Rainbow is from the Little Learners series. It is charmingly illustrated, with lots of opportunities for colour naming and object counting. It is a book to learn with rather than a bedtime story. We sit and read it together and I ask Syd questions about what he can see, or to count spots on ladybirds and numbers of apples. Syd likes to look through the peep holes to see what he can see. He enjoys naming the bugs, and carry the book by it’s handle like a bag! Suitable from birth, it is a lovely colourful book to enjoy with your youngster.
Twinkle Twinkle is a fun book, with four noisy buttons at the top, which play a snippet of the tune, an owls hoot, and two different twinkly sounds as well as lighting up. Syd LOVES to sing Twinkle Twinkle at the moment, so this has been a big hit. The wording of the book is the lyrics of the song, simple and familiar. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and bang on trend with the recent popularity of owls! It is suitable from the age of one, encourages hand eye co-ordination and language development, and is very sweet indeed.
Lovely books, thank you Parragon!
We have also been looking at the Chad Valley App. Syd really enjoys using my iPad for games and puzzles, and this has been a hit. We were given codes for free access to the optional bonus packs, but even if you purchase them you will have spent less than the price of a book, so it really is value for money. The app has great stories, puzzles, musical activities and colouring in, and achieves that great mix of educational and fun that keeps both parent and child happy.