Leslie Patricelli and her bold baby board books

Hats off to Leslie Patricelli, who has mastered the art of using pictures instead of words to convey a message.  The first of her books my son and I read was “Yummy, Yucky”, which compares things which are good to eat and things which aren’t side by side with only a few words per page. We’re hooked! I won’t be satisfied until we read every single one.

What makes this so great for babies?

1. Repetative. One of baby’s favorite things in books is text that is repetative. Babies love to get a hang of where a book is going–kind of like adults :)–and text which has a clear and simple repetative formula gives them what they need.

2. Colorful illustrations, simple text–few words per page mean baby doesn’t have time to get bored, and the bright illustrations are captivating for little brains.

3. Size–typical board book size fits well in baby’s hands (FYI: beware of those hefty “lap board books”). The thick pages are just right for turning, with no danger of ripping.

4. Interest–even parents won’t get bored, since Patricelli poses quirky comparisons (spaghetti versus worms? Chocolate sauce versus hot sauce? Oh yeah. )  Even everyday baby activities are interesting with the happy illustrations, and baby will enjoy pointing out familiar objects.

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