Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Night-time Routine

Fed up with the month long randomness that went along with having a month old child, my wife and I decided to put Sammy on a routine.

After a bath, a rubdown with baby-oil, and a clean diaper, and while being fed, we read to him, alternating between Russian language stories and English language stories.

That's all fine and good, but there's one problem.  I don't have any English Language books for a 2 month old.

I've got Calvin and Hobbes.  I've got Horatio Hornblower.  I've got Hardy Boys, and Treasure Island, and Three Musketeers, and old Spider Man comics.  Dragonlance, C.S. Lewis, The entire Oz series of books, miscellaneous Star wars (canon, duh) books, and Goosebumps.

But I have nothing for someone who cannot hold his own head.

My wife, on the other hand, has hundreds of silly jovial stories about various forest animals interacting in a friendly and helpful way.  In one, a friendly bird is helping some cute squirrels gather food for the winter.  In another, a fox defends a deer against a dangerous boar through wit and cleverness.

I started with two - Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.  And now I'm out.

But I've looked!  and everything I've seen has been disappointingly stupid.  Take Mrs. Mustard's Baby Face book. Just a bunch of faces.  Dumb.  Then there's Black & White.  I'm not crazy about beginning to teach my 8 week old about racial inequalities just yet.  And I also came across Pat the Bunny, which seems like a thinly veiled sexy book.  inappropriate, much?

So, I guess I'm going to have to resort to reading in Russian, subjecting my son to bad pronunciation and frequently made-up words.  Anyone have any suggestions as to good infant books?

1 comment:

  1. Good night moon
    Where the wild things are
    There's a wocket in my pocket
    The red ripe strawberry
    "just go to bed" from the little critter series
    Anything by Sandra boynton
    The little engine that could
    The monster at the end of this book
    Home for a bunny

    I bet I've got some more around here...let me think. We've got more books than I can shake a stick at


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