Thursday, June 24, 2010

Grandparents and Babies: Two New Books from The Global Fund For Children

Our Grandparents: A Global Album
by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade and Cynthia Pon
A Global Fund for Children Book (developer)
Charlesbridge (publisher), 2010
review copy provided by the developer

There's a special relationship between a grandparent and grandchild. If you didn't already know that, you wouldn't need the simple text in this book to tell you -- you would only need to look at the pictures. Love and encouragement and pride and hope for the future radiate from every picture on every page in this book -- pictures of grandparents and grandchildren from around the world (each labeled with the country) playing, telling stories, talking, hugging, laughing, making things, doing things.

There is so much to talk about with children as you read this book and look at the pictures over and over again (because I dare you to only look through this book once): family, culture, tradition, memories, and more.

This book could inspire children to create their own simple photographic essay about a topic that matters most to them.


A Global Fund for Children Book (developer)
Charlesbridge (publisher), 2010
review copy provided by the developer

I recently watched a friend's 14 month-old baby sort through her basket of board books while her mom and I chatted. She looked at each one, sometimes stopping to open a book to a favorite page and point to a picture and say something to herself. An independent reader who is not even 2 years old! One of her favorite words to say is BABY, so I know she would love this board book. Every page has a happy, sad, serious or eager baby looking out at you. There are babies with blond hair, red hair, curly hair, black hair, pig-tailed hair and no hair. There are babies with every shade of skin and every shape of eye. There are spring, summer, fall and winter babies.

Add this one to your list of favorites for baby shower gifts!

6 comments:

  1. I have given GLOBAL BABIES (in this same series) to every new baby born in the last 2 years and each family reports that it is one of their young child's favorite books. I'm excited to get the Grandparents and Babies title now!

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  2. Chloe made the blog!!! She loves her new "Pup" book!!

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  3. Charlesbridge is such a top-flight publisher, it's no wonder the books they produce in partnership with the Global Fund for Children are beautiful and inspiring. Additionally, Global Fund for Children has a "Books for Kids" project that has distributed over 85,000 books to children around the world. Talk about a commitment to literacy!

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  4. That would be a good gift for all of our expecting moms! Jen G.

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  5. Ruby/Amy -- Chloe would have gotten this one, too, except the review wasn't finished!

    Jen -- you're right! In fact, I think BOTH of these would be good as baby shower gifts!! Don't you think the grandparents should get something out of the deal, too? Oh, yeah. They get the grandkid...

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  6. The profits from the books go to helping organizations around the world that work with vulnerable children.

    You can check out the Global Fund for Children at: http://www.facebook.com/GlobalFundforChildren
    http://twitter.com/GFCnews

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