Moo, baa, la la la; (and some other books…) - Sandra Boynton

posted Jun 27, 2014, 3:13 AM by Amie Ridley   [ updated Jun 27, 2014, 3:23 AM ]
It’s time to get your silly on.  I love Sandra Boynton books as they inject a good quantity of silliness into reading time.  The pictures are cute and bright, and the rhymes flow easily, but best of all they are just fun, and fun is important.

Moo, baa, la la la is a book we had growing up, and our whole family can still quote it pretty much word for word.  Miss Baby was given it for Christmas last year, and we have recently expanded our Boynton repertoire through the request service at the local library.  The girls have been delighted by both the humour and colour.  And I have been impressed by the odd lesson:  

But not the hippopotamus - a lovely little book about shyness and inclusion.  

A is for angry - fun and silliness with the alphabet

Belly button book - silliness and more silliness

Blue hat, green hat - colours and um, silliness

Happy hippo, angry duck - great little book that names lots of different emotions.

There is also a lovely little series about Pookie a little pig which is very cute.  The books are well suited for reading to babies, with very small amounts of words on each page and lovely bright illustrations.  Most of the ones we have had out have been board books, which make it easier for little hands to help turn the pages.

But we also found recently that Miss 4 was enjoying these books.  In part because they are silly, and silly is fun when you are 4.  But also because they are simple enough that she can “read” them herself (which is part of pre-reading learning).  She particularly enjoyed the Green Hat, Blue Hat book as it was repetitive, silly, and the pictures help with the words (the animal is wearing a green hat).

So if you need a bit of a giggle in your baby reading time, head along to your local library and borrow some Boynton.  Have fun and happy reading!