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Creating a Love of Books


We own so. many. books. Even before I had a kid, I would occasionally buy beautifully illustrated children’s books. And then I became an elementary school teacher, so I would buy books for lessons. And then I got pregnant, and not only did the book buying increase tenfold, but all my teacher friends bought my son books as baby shower gifts. And then I got sucked into buying Usbourne books (Here’s my Usbourne lady, if you’re interested. She’s fabulous! https://www.facebook.com/UsborneBooksOnLocation) We could really start our own little library in this house. In fact, when my son’s older, we’ll probably donate a lot of these to the library, since we visit at least once a week.

Anyway, out of all these books, his favorite one is probably the worst one. It’s a little five page book called Play Day. It came in a pack of “Little Einstein” books. All the books are short, contain few words, and were probably written by a committee of businessmen.

The fact that it’s short makes it even worse. If it were longer I don’t think he’d it sit through it twenty times in a row.

Anyway, it’s entirely possible I hid this stupid thing in our couch cushions.

What are your favorite books for toddlers? What are the worst ones? Let me know in the comments!

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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  1. I used to make my Dad read me Peter Rabbit all the time (he was grandpa then, they adopted us later on). I drove him nuts, as he tells it. Guess he hates Peter Rabbit…Or just reading it!

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