No, really, that’s what we’re currently reading, Baby Talk by Dawn Sirett & Victoria Blackie. Except in our house, it’s currently known as baby! baby! baby! I just picked this book up last week because, as I explained in my previous What We’re Reading post, Declan is really into books with photographs (and babies) right now. But, I didn’t just pick this book out for it’s photos — it’s a great teaching tool.
The 6 spreads cover expressions, actions, feelings, and/or emotions. Each spread begins with a photograph of a baby and an introduction to a feeling: This little baby is hungry, followed by a baby with a bowl and spoon and the caption “yum-yum!”. Another spread says, This little baby is sad, followed by a photo of a baby with tears and the caption “boo-hoo!”. I’m beginning to think that D’s a sadist, as he always giggles at this particular spread (but it’s likely the sound of my saying “boo-hoo” that’s making him giggle).
While Declan truly enjoys this book, and will ask to read it over and over…and over again, I like it too. Not only does this book have photos of babies expressing different feelings and emotions, it clearly shows the relation and then follows with effect and verbal expression: This little baby wants her mommy…Mama! It’s this type of subtlety that I really appreciate in children’s books that are artful teaching tools. Feelings and emotions are complex things for even adults to understand, and Baby Talk does a wonderful job with showing the basics.
What are some of your favorite books for toddlers?