Also, turns out I’m not much of a graphic designer. Oh well.
Anyway, I was thinking about being back in baby book land (IF THIS WEEK-LATE BABY IS EVER BORN THAT IS) and about starting that first baby’s library. When Harper was born, people gave us beautiful, classic picture books that we now love to pore over. But before we got to this fun Madeline-and-Knuffle Bunny stage, we did our time wading through the battlefields of incredibly boring board books.
There are the very simple shapes-and-colors board books that are supposedly so good for babies’ developing eyes and whatnot but unfortunately not especially thrilling for parents’ already-developed-and-dulled senses. There are the board book versions of regular picture books that you excitedly buy and then realize are way too long and involved for your drooly six-month-old who just wants to gnaw all the pages anyway. Then there are the completely inane board books illustrated with crappy stock photography and full of tone-deaf text that sounds like it was badly translated from the Chinese. (I regret to inform you that your baby will LOVE these ones and want them again and again and again.)
Also, you know what I found? At first you can read them ANYTHING because they can’t even protest! Ha! So infant Harper heard a lot of Proust and the New Yorker and oh how clever I thought I was. Then she learned about using her hands. And teeth. And we really had to go board book. But you know, there are also some really great baby books to stock the little peapod’s library with.
So, in order to utilize my overly-pregnant-person’s-need-for-busy-work and yet still avoid cleaning out the hellacious cabinet below the kitchen sink, I made a list of our family’s favorite baby books on Amazon, should anyone care. Here is a sampling. We’ll call it my TOP FIVE AWESOME BABY BOARD BOOKS THAT WILL NOT MAKE YOUR BRAIN DISSOLVE ANY MORE THAN IT ALREADY HAS SEEING AS HOW YOU HAVE A BABY:
Now I just need some little baby to read these to…