Last week at Seagull Book, I found a board book with lift flaps that reminded me of a book that my children't loved when they were little. My kids loved The Thing-a-ma-jig books, but they are very hard to find now as they are out of print.
When I saw this Totally Monster Manners book, I had to buy it.
The pictures are cute and show the monsters using bad manners. "Some monsters never use their manners. They really are impolite. They never say 'please' or 'thank you.' Not morning, noon, or night."
Each new page has a stanza that rhymes. Books that contain rhymes are wonderful for little children. After listening a few times, they are often able to fill in the words if you leave them out or stop for them to fill in the words. This gives your little reader an opportunity to feel like they know the words and is one step closer to them becoming independent readers.
By the end of the story, the monsters have learned manners and play nicely with others.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit.