Our Favorite Books: Wild About Books

November 26, 2006


I am convinced that the first word Maya clearly spoke was “book.” My husband claims it was “baba,” the Turkish word for daddy. Of course!

Maya loved books as an infant, especially to chew them. With my personal fascination with the written word, I wasn’t surprised. Eric Carle, Karen Katz and Sandra Boynton were our favorite authors the first two years. When she started preschool at two and a half, we began ordering from the Scholastic catalogs she would bring home. Our library opened up to new authors, picture books, rhyming books, poems and even books on tape.

One of these great finds is called Wild About Books. Written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown (of Arthur the Aardvark fame), Wild About Books is the story of Molly McGrew who by mistake drives a bookmobile into a zoo. The accomplished librarian that she is, Molly ends up finding the perfect book for all the animals.

This book has won numerous awards in the past three years but don’t be fooled with age suggestions of seven and up. Although I’m sure her understanding of the hidden humor will grow as she gets older, Maya has been able to appreciate this beautifully illustrated book and its rhyming story since she turned three. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to learn a few exotic animal names!

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