National Children’s Book Week

Oops, I forgot to post this: last week was 2010 Children’s Book Week.  Coincidentally, my nephew celebrated his 3rd birthday party Sunday.  Aside from the occasional cute outfit, I’ve never given him anything other than books for Christmas or his birthday.  He loves reading time.  This is what I bought him:

Because he loves planes: Airport by Byron Barton

Airport is a book about what happens at an airport.  It has very simple explanations about the process of checking in, sitting in the waiting room, boarding the plane, etc.  The book also includes a “map” of a plane, pointing out things like the cargo hold and the cockpit.  Suffice it to say, my nephew was fascinated.  I think this would also be a terrific book for young children who are about to go on a plane ride, since it explains the process so clearly.

Because he loves textures: The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, ill. Rosana Faria

How would you explain colors to a child who could not see?  The Black Book of Colors attempts to convey this experience to its readers through the use of raised illustrations that covey all of the senses except sight.  The entire book is black with simple white lettering, and the sentences are also written in braille at the top of each page.  It’s a very unique book that won a 2009 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. The book is probably still a bit too sophisticated for my nephew, but I think he’ll grow into it within the year.  I know he’s going to love feeling the braille and illustrations.


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