Sep 18, 2012

by English Muse

Hello dear English Muse readers, Naomi Bulger here. I also like to blog little messages in bottles from Australia.

I recently had a little girl, Madeleine, and I have discovered that one of the most fun parts of having a baby is having a legitimate excuse to delve head-first into children’s books. Ok at 13 weeks, my little girl isn’t exactly advanced in the literary department, but that doesn’t stop me reading to her. And already she loves to look at the pictures, and makes little “Oooh” noises, trying to copy my speech, as I read aloud.

I bought Paris Y Es-Tu while I was in Paris last year. It is a stunningly illustrated ‘hide and seek’ book by Japanese artist Masumi, kind of like Where’s Waldo/Wally, except you are looking for different people and little lost things all over Paris. When Madeleine is older, we will trace our fingers together over all these places, and I’ll tell her what is there, and we will dream about going to Paris together.

Then on the weekend I found this little New York, Baby book, and I have already read it to her several times.

“Look, they’re shopping in SoHo, that’s where Mama lived,” I say. And, “This is Central Park. One day, we will go together and see the turtles.” And, “That’s ‘The Lion King,’ on Broadway. Mama took Daddy and Nanna and your two sisters to see ‘The Lion King’ when they came to New York for a visit.” And, “Just around the corner from there is where Mama and Daddy met.” So she will learn about her mother’s life in New York.

What would/do you read to your child?


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8 Responses to “Paris + New York in children’s books”

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  2. Emma says:

    What a great recommendation, I’m training to be a French teacher and “Paris Y-Es Tu” looks like a brilliant classroom resource. I’ve snapped it up on Amazon! Thanks!

  3. Emma says:

    What a great recommendation, I’m training to be a French teacher and “Paris Y-Es Tu” looks like a brilliant classroom resource. I’ve snapped it up on Amazon! Thanks!

  4. Naomi Bulger says:

    Oh I’m so glad to have helped Emma. You wil love this beautiful book!

  5. laurie b says:

    such wonderful choices. but as a reading teacher with lots of years in the preschool – third grade years, don’t be surprised if your child also loves some books that are not as well acclaimed, like Pretzel or Jesse Bear What Will You Wear? whatever is read, the language of reading is vital to a child’s success as a reader in the future. thank you so much for highlighting this.

  6. Naomi Bulger says:

    I’m quite sure you’re right Laurie. So far, Madeleine’s favourite books are these hideous black and yellow board books with shapes and faces on them. C’est la vie!

  7. Gill says:

    As an early childhood teacher/parent/writer I am obsessed with Children’s books. I read to the boys from the day they were born, even though some people thought I was mad! I love taking them to bookshops and the seeing the delight in their faces as they explore. Thanks for these suggestions, I’m keen to get my hands on both. Lach and I met in Edinburgh, maybe we need to search for a book about Scotland!

  8. Naomi Bulger says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one reading to a newborn. I hope you find that book on Scotland!

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