It’s tough being a rule follower who feels hemmed in by rules of her own making! I’m bending my own parameters for throwbacks this week due to Baby Bookworm’s delight of this 25-year old book. I think that’s sufficiently old enough to be included. I hope your little bookworms can benefit from my violation.
Each Thursday I feature a book that my parents *could* have read to me as a child (spoiler alert: I’m no spring chicken). This week I’m relaxing my own copyright parameters. I hope you’ll forgive me. Normally we shoot for a copyright date of 1988 or earlier. This week’s 25-year-old feature is not exactly a new release, although one that I would have been too old for as of its 1990 release.
Title/author: “More, More, More” Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories by Vera B. Williams
Copyright date: 1990
Plot in a Sentence (or two): In three vignettes, caregivers are shown enthusiastically loving their babies who cry out for “more”: more tickles, more hugs, more love!
Why It’s Timeless: My Baby Bookworm has just begun baby sign language, and his favorite (nearly his only) sign is more! This was among my firstborn bookworm’s first signs as well, and I suspect it is a common first word. When we read “More, More, More” Said the Baby, Baby Bookworm enthusiastically signs along with the refrain in the story. It absolutely melts me. The three scenes in this book are quick paced, true to life, and heartwarming. As the three caretakers (including a dad, grandmom, and mom) interact with their babies, we see ourselves in their joyful, loving exchanges. (It’s also lovely to see the diversity of backgrounds depicted.) The artwork is bright and warm, reflecting the mood of the story, and Caldecott Honor Award winning as well.
While You’re Reading: The text of this book mimics natural speech, so while reading it sounds just like you’re conversing with a little one. Use the tone and inflections you’d use when playfully talking to your bookworm. Action words abound as well, so jump in and act them out! Taste those toes, tickle that belly button, kiss those eyelids! Some of the actions are tough to act out while holding the book (e.g. signing “more”). Don’t be afraid to set it down and jump into the plot!
Just for Fun: We are big fans of Rachel Coleman’s Baby Signing Time. Check out her more page here to see a video, flash card, and tips for introducing the sign.
Although Baby Bookworm posed for the cover photo for this post, you know how toddlers love their routines & traditions. And so, of course, I had to photograph Preschool Bookworm as well. Here he is, keeping an eye on baby bro, spotlight stealer. 😉
Books mentioned in this post should be readily available at your local library, or at the Amazon affiliate links provided.