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Kids Read with IBC | High Contrast Board Books

Kids Read with IBC | High Contrast Board Books

Not sure if you remember but my Jumping Bean was due in August and while he didn’t make an appearance on the 19th he did arrive all healthy!

Of course this meant that I needed to jump into the world of reading with him to promote as much love for reading as I have….okay he can step it down a notch as I can get a little obsessive. In prepping for Jumping Bean coming into this world I had put a few high contrast books on my registry. This mostly had to do with other mothers saying they were the type of books that their babies liked the most early on.

Fast forward to a few months ago, and my wonderful husband is reading to Jumping Bean. He is of course reading Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon. Jumping Bean doesn’t care, isn’t interested, and decides being fussy is a better activity. Don’t worry, we will be trying the book again in the future.

And to be fair, for Jumping Bean to see the book at this point it would have to be less than eight inches away from his face.

A few nights later I have fed little Jumping Bean and he is wide awake but I am decidedly not and needing a sit down activity not a bounce baby or try and stay awake while baby kicks and squirms activity. Reading wins hands down! So I pull out our three high contrast books as Dad enters the room. We snuggle up together with Jumping Bean and proceed to read, in the most adorable sharing the pages fashion, to our little man. I am pretty sure Jumping Bean doesn’t get the content but the books were close enough and the pictures were clear enough that it at least held what little focus his eyes did have.

He was calm and relaxed through all three books which was perfect for this sleep hungry Mom.

I will say not all high contrast books are equal and because they tend to be mostly black and white and there have been some I perused that are downright racist.

Infant board books are not known for being the treasure of writing that we are all waiting anxiously for, but they are nice and short which is great when you allow a certain number of books before bed or you are struggling but you don’t want the parent guilt of just putting your kid to sleep and not giving them any sort of stimulation.

The three that I have and enjoy are:

  1. Hello, Ocean Friends a High Contrast Book from duopress labs
  2. Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Emily Bolam
  3. Look Look! By Peter Linenthal

Each of them has their merits – simple pictures, animal noises, different ways to say hello, and simple concepts. I would suggest these for infants especially as their eyes develop.

Any other high contrast books that you all have enjoyed or recommend?

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Emily Bolam

Look Look! By Peter Linenthal

Each of them has their merits – simple pictures, animal noises, different ways to say hello, and simple concepts. I would suggest these for infants especially as their eyes develop.

Any other high contrast books that you all have enjoyed or recommend?

About The Author

Becca

Becca is excited to be contributing to the Imaginary Book Club; sharing her thoughts on all things related to children's books! With a growing family and a strong love of all things bookish, Becca is bringing a unique perspective to our team. Becca's life just got a lot more busy with an infant son, but she's happy to be sharing her thoughts on books for parents of children of all ages. Becca is based in Portland, OR, where she is happily enjoying the Northwest life.

3 Comments

  1. Austyn

    Your line about some board books being racist- what books are those? I want titles so I can investigate/avoid!

    Reply
    • Becca

      I wish I could remember the titles! I was at eh bookstore 3 weeks into motherhood and read through 5-6 of them….

      Reply

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