The Best Start Book Club
By Dedicated Dad
Ask any Oprah Winfrey fan about the importance of a “Book Club” and you’ll get a long list of literary masterpieces. Reading is a fantastic outlet and it’s always more enjoyable when you can share characters, plot twists and surprise endings with friends. But as a Dedicated Toddler Dad, where can I discuss the learnings of Llama Llama or the creature comforts of Goodnight Moon?
Well, in honor of National Literacy Day on November 1, I’ve decided to do it right here. Three amazing children’s books have been recently released and they are definitely worth kicking off the list of titles for First 5 LA’s new Best Start Book Club!
1) I LOVE MY DAD / QUIERO A MI PAPA
You can never go wrong with a bilingual toddler book. Studies have shown that children 0-5 are able to retain information at an amazing rate and reading to them in two languages will greatly enhance their vocabulary. This particular Spanish/English book by Shelley Admont was released last May and follows the adventures of Jimmy the bunny as he learns to ride a bike. Lessons taught here include trying new things, persistence and asking for help. Papa also boasts colorful illustrations from Sonal Goyal and can be read as a hardcover board book or a Kindle file.
2) PUPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
If you have a toddler son like I do, I’m sure you’re well aware of Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol. This TV and YouTube sensation has everything young boys crave: dogs, trucks and exciting rescue missions. Well, now they’re available in print with this 24-page “Little Golden Book” (reminiscent of the Disney readers most of us dads grew up with). Puppy Birthday features spot on illustrations from Fabrizio Petrossi, which my son has already taken a Crayola to. It also teaches about sharing and teamwork. Plus it’s full of memorable moments with today’s most popular cartoon characters.
3) YOUR BABY’S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA
Probably one of the trendiest 0-3 books on the market, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA is authored by The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Fallon happens to be a new dad himself and offers his trademark humor (G-Rated, of course) through a series of scenes involving cows, ducks, sheep and bumblebees. This particular book has stormed up the Amazon best-seller list and it’s easy to see why. It offers young ones exposure to humor, love and the importance of fatherhood. DADA is definitely written from a male point-of-view, but with so many “Mommy” books on the market, why not? Artist Miguel Ordonez also adds a colorful touch, with cartoonish recreations of barnyard characters and fluffy pastel backgrounds.Do you have any toddler or baby books to add to the Best Start Book Club? Share them on the Best Start Facebook page or write about it in the comments below!
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