Friday, November 13, 2020

Indestructibles Part Two: Narrowing Down What's Best for Your Baby


In my previous post on the Indestructibles series, I mentioned that there was quite a lot of variety in the collection (with 38 English titles to select from).  If you'd like to pick up one or two for your little but aren't sure which ones are the best fit, it's my hope that this post will guide you in the right direction.

I've got a peek inside several more as well as a summary of the different styles.

Home Sweet Home takes readers room by room, sharing what happens in each and labeling the important items found throughout.  I love how much discussion can happen with this one because it's so relatable! The text has an easy-to-follow, repetitive structure.  You could easily begin the sentence and have your child finish it for you as they get older.  "We play in the _____!  We sleep in the _____!"  This is a great one for multi-child households as the labels are great for younger children and the sentences are better for slightly older ones.
Things That Go teaches children about different modes of transportation, by land, air and sea.  Just as we saw in Home Sweet Home, labels and sentences are present and the text follows a simple pattern.  Kids will love learning about all the different vehicles, planes, boats and more!
Baby, Let's Eat categorizes foods by color and dedicates a full spread to each.  This is a really great choice for littles starting out with solids as you can talk about which ones they've already tried!  
Love You, Baby is a fun read, mostly because you can act out all the different ways to love a baby that are portayed!  It's essentially just a list of things you can do to show baby you love him/her.  
Baby Faces shows littles different facial expressions and helps prompt discussion about emotions.  I love that the faces take up the majority of the page, and littles love it because they enjoy seeing facial features.  My only complaint here is that I wish instead of words like "hurray," "boo-hoo," and "yucky," we saw labels of feelings, like "happy," "sad," "disgusted." 
Let's Be Kind teaches children about manners.  Children will see sharing, the use of "please" and "thank you," helping, and other ways to be polite.  I love how this teaches important skills and includes great phrases for kids to learn.
Hickory Dickory Dock is a wordless representation of the classic nursery rhyme, with the mouse climbing up London's Big Ben!  I was disappointed to see that the words weren't printed on each page, as nursery rhymes are easily one of the first texts kiddos can point to as they say the words aloud.  Without them printed, it's hard to have this grow with readers, but this is a great visual for young babies with the high-contrast colors.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider is exactly what you'd expect: an illustrated version of the classic rhyme.  Kids will love seeing the poem come to life as they turn each page and will enjoy reading along!
Busy City teaches about all the sights and sounds in the city.  I love that there's so much onomatopoeia throughout the text, like "weeee oooh" by the police car and "woppa woppa" by the helicopter!  Obviously a perfect choice for anyone living in the city!
My Neighborhood highlights all of the important community helpers seen throughout the neighborhood.   I love the diverse representation in the illustrations (a resident wearing hijab and a Black female police officer, to name a few).
Mama and Baby is a wordless book with beautiful illustrations of mother/child animal relationships.   If you love the art but don't like that it's wordless, keep in mind that as your child grows, you can ask him/her to add labels or sentences with post-its!

Wiggle! March! is another wordless book showing images of animals you'd see on the farm.  As you "read" this one, you may choose to go through and say just the animal names aloud.  You may just make the different animal sounds.  Again, if you don't prefer wordless books but enjoy the pictures, you can add words to the book with post-its.  

Author: Jonas Sickler 
Category: Wordless Nursery Rhymes
Best Feature: Illustrations promote worldly culture
Best Age: 0-2 years 

Author: Kaaren Pixton 
Category: Wordless Animal Books
Best Feature: Gorgeous illustrations
Best Age: 0-1 year 

Author: Kate Merritt 
Category: Babies
Best Feature: Focus on faces, which babies enjoy
Best Age: 0-1 year

Author: Stephan Lomp
Category: Patterned Text/Picture Dictionary
Best Feature: increasing vocabulary
Best Age: 0-4 years

Author: Maddie Frost
Category: Illustrated Nursery Rhyme, Patterned Text/Picture Dictionary
Best Feature: illustrations, increasing vocabulary
Best Age: 0-4 years

Author: Ekaterina Trukhan
Category: Story
Best Feature: illustrations, educational
Best Age: 0-4 years

Author: Carolina Buzio
Category: Story
Best Feature: illustrations, educational
Best Age: 0-4 years

Top 5 Titles: 
5. Hello, Farm by Maddie Frost
4. Big and Little, A Book of Opposites by Carolina Buzio
3. Baby, See the Colors! by Ekaterina Trukhan
2. Busy City by Maddie Frost
1. Home Sweet Home by Stephan Lomp

Hopefully this helped narrow it down for you!  Note that I only included ones that I feel really grow with the child (0-4 years) in the Top 5, because I prefer ones that you can keep using as littles grow and learn.

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