Baby’s Sunday Salon, October 5

My baby turns one year old this week. I can’t believe he’s so old, and yet I can’t believe he’s only been in my life for one short year.

I’ve never really done Sunday Salon, but there are so many great books I’m finding at my local library for my son, I thought I’d share what I’m reading to him, with him, and about him these days.

A Book to Amuse Me

This week, I got Walk On! by Marla Frazee from the library. I noticed it after reading this review on Maw Books. Walk On! is a manual for babies to learn to walk. It is very amusing. I believe it is intended for adults, not babies. In fact, most Amazon reviewers suggest it as a gift for high school grads. (In fact, in terms of teaching walking, I got it a few weeks too late, as my son learned to walk two weeks ago. He’s already a pro!)

A Book with Illustration

I also found a lovely illustrated copy of The Little Red Hen by Heather Forest and illustrated by Susan Gaber. The hen doesn’t share the cake at the end, so the reader gets the lesson (unlike in some versions). (The dog, cat, and mouse help the hen the next time, though!) The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I intend to find more children’s stories illustrated by Susan Gaber. Somehow, she was able to capture emotions in a hen, and yet still keep it a realistic-looking animal. She has an amazing painting talent! Visit Susan Gaber’s website here. A sample picture from The Little Red Hen is here on her site.

However, despite the gorgeous illustrations and a great story, my son won’t sit and listen to me read it. He has a hard time sitting still if I don’t let him eat, tear, or otherwise maim the book I’m holding. How does one read a child this age a lovely, illustrated book? Please tell me!

A Board Book

Natasha at Maw Books reviewed the board books by Leslie Patricelli. Since I’d never heard of Leslie Patricelli and they looked great, I picked up No No, Yes Yes. This is another one that is far above my son: he doesn’t want to sit still to hear the words, let alone examine the adorable pictures with me! Parents, when does a child start to examine the pictures and point at things in books? Is my son unusually squirmy?

A Book for All Moms

Since I’m thinking about my little boy and books relating to him, I want to share my absolute favorite book for parents: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

My sister-in-law gave this to me when I was expecting my son, and I absolutely love it. It addresses all stages of child development, initially month by month, then by year. It has a section on first aid for young children. It’s informative and yet easy to read. I think it is a wonderful parenting resource and a perfect book for parents of young children. I suggest giving it to moms-to-be as a baby shower gift, because it is one I refer to all the time!

What are you reading your baby this week? Is he or she squirming?

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. No, your son is not unusually wiggly if he’s only a year old. It takes awhile for kids to want to look and point and such. At that age, what we did for our kids was make the HEARING of the story interesting. I’ve heard some parents reading books slow and drawn out so their kids can understand every word, and a lot of the time, the child wiggles around (the method is particularly wiggle-inducing with, say, a three year old), but the moment my husband (who’s great with kids) starts reading, these same kids are completely enraptured. He reads fast, loud, animated, and with sound effects, and he often bounces the kid around while he reads. The kid has so much fun that he learns to love the books. He/she may not catch every word my husband says, or understand the point of the story, but he/she learns that books are fun. Then Jason (my husband) changes it up, and reads the book as fast as possible, or backwards, or in an extremely low voice, or to the tune of a fast song. The only time he ever reads calmly and quietly is when he has the baby on his arm with a bottle, trying to get him to go to sleep. The method worked. Our kids are super-readers. They all picked up reading very young and they love it.

  2. Happy birthday to your son…first b-days are so wonderful…actually all b-days are but I loved watched my kids make a mess with their b-day cake.

  3. Ah, first birthdays! Congrats! I’m glad that you enjoyed Walked On. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve actually ever read that book to my kids. I think I’m the one who got a kick out of it and read it. I just thought it was too cute. I hadn’t thought of using it as graduation gifts but I can totally see it. Have you read the Clementine Series by Sarah Pennypacker? Marla Frazee does the illustrations as well and they are adorable.

    As far as the Leslie Patricelli books my 17 month old really enjoys them but my just three year old loves them even more. He pulls them out all the time and says no, no, yes, yes, or yummy, yucky over and over. At a year old my kids favorite books were the Roger Priddy books.

  4. The important thing is that he is hearing the sound of your voice and the pattern of your reading to him. Eventually he will settle down and sit on your lap, and then next do you, and someday he’ll be sitting on the floor playing Legos while you read to him. 😉 We have always read a LOT throughout each day, but we had established patterns for nap and bedtime: 3 books at naptime, 3 books before bedtime. The kids always knew exactly what to expect (no trying to get away with “just one more book!” to extend bedtime). You are giving him the best gift of all: reading!

  5. Awww: happy birthday to your son! I’m not a mom, but I was live-in nanny to my niece last year, so I know how quickly they grow!! And as far as I remember, when she was only one we stuck with board books for fear of what would happen to paper illustrated ones. Now (she’s two and a half), she reads all the time. 😀

  6. Amanda, great ideas. Glad his squirmyness is pretty normal.

    Yasmin, he didn’t notice the birthday cake much yesterday….but he still got pretty covered in chocolate!

    Natasha, I haven’t heard of Clementine or Roger Priddy books….I’m going to look for them at the library today. Thanks for the recommendation! I really did like No No Yes YEs, and I guess I was sad my son didn’t show any interest in it. We’ll have to revisit it in a few months, I guess.

    SmallWorld Reads, I’ve been reading during the day a lot too! But I guess it’s the bedtime, let’s-read-before-bed time that he seems Oh so squirmy. Good to have a set limit of books. Thanks for the idea!

    Eva, I do mostly keep just board books for him. But there are so many great books out there, I’m really looking forward to the coming years!

  7. How to read the lovely book — very carefully! And with the expectation that it will become torn and worn as evidence of how much it was loved!

    Every child is different when it comes to squirminess. Just keep trying.

  8. Happy Birthday to your son! I’m looking forward to the Patricelli books myself, but haven’t made it to the bookstore yet. I don’t like getting board books from the library, ew.

    I did my first Sunday Salon this week, stop by!

  9. Lisa, I just try not to think about it: every time I get a book for me from the library with a big stain on it, I likewise try not to think about it! I don’t have a budget for buying every board book I want my son to read….but wow, it sure would be nice if I did! I hope you enjoy Patricelli!

  10. Congrats on the first birthday! I have friends who are a married couple, and their daughter was a preemie at 30 weeks. She’s now 5 years old, chatters happily, LOVES the library (her mother has to drag her out of there on a regular basis), reads in the bathroom, etc. Her dad began reading to her while she was in the preemie ward.

    For a while, if I was over at the house and was around for the bedtime book read, I sat in on it. Her dad was so entertaining, I enjoyed his reading (and so did everyone else who was around.) He got to a point where he had books memorized.

    But she’s been a serious reader before she turned five.

    Hey. That sounds like a good title for something: The Bedtime Book Read.

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