Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My First Book Series by Sophie Helenek


We're big on books in our family.  Reading is and has always been one of my favorite pastimes, and it's important to me that our kids grow up reading every day.  

When L was born and our days were still pretty empty, I'd read to her for hours -- picture books, board books, books without words, books with many words {Mindy Kaling is child-appropriate, right?}, it didn't really matter when she was teentsy-tiny -- she seemed to respond to my voice no matter what the subject matter.  Of course, as she grew older, we shelved the Kindle and worked our way through our massive collection of board books.  Now, at two and a half years, L is all about big girl books with real pages and fancy illustrations.  

B is such an agreeable little guy; he's carted around to Big Sister's activities daily and rarely gets anything to himself {even his own toys are pilfered on the regular for L's "babies"}.  We read to him constantly, but to say he's getting an early education in all things Ladybug GirlLlama Llama, and Curious George would be an understatement.  After realizing we'd only packed "L Books" on our Jackson Hole vacation this summer, I made a little vow to pull out the age-appropriate baby books for B at least once a day. 

That's why I was so jazzed when Sophie Helenek reached out to me regarding her new, award-winning series of board books tailored specifically to infants' brain development. Sparkly-new, un-gnawed-on books written just for B's age group?  Count me in, and thanks as well for appeasing my Second Child Guilt a tad!  

The My First Book Series includes Fruits, Sky Wonders, Shapes, and Musical Instruments.  Each book includes high contrast illustrations -- black and white on one page and bold color on the opposite. B instantly seemed fascinated with the pictures; he smiles and gurgles at them during tummy time, and he stares intently when we pull them out to read.  While reading one word per two pages isn't necessarily the most interesting task for an adult, it's easy to see B is totally engaged.  

The biggest surprise with the My First Book Series is how much L enjoys it.  She routinely brings us "Brady's books" to read to him and will stop whatever she's otherwise busy with to listen.  Since she can recognize and name all of the illustrated items {and their colors}, she loves that she can "read" them to her brother without help.  We are also using them to help her practice counting with her fingers {"how many pianos do you see?"} and for letter recognition {"what letter does your name start with?  can you find the L in flute?"}.  The press release I received with the series says you can even use dry erase markers on the books when your toddler is ready for handwriting practice -- pretty cool and something I will definitely keep in mind for the future! 

I think these books would be the perfect addition to your infant's library or a wonderful gift for a new mom!   Many, many thanks to Sophie Helenek and Nursery Books for reaching out to me and sending me the My First Book Series to review!  You've officially earned yourself four new fans!  

** I received these books for free in exchange for my honest review.  All the opinions published here are 100% my own.  The My First Book Series is available for purchase via Nursery Books and Amazon. Amazon links are affiliate; Nursery Books links are not. 


  1. Awesome. We could use some second child guilt appeasement around here, too.

  2. I love how L holds B's hand while being read to! So precious!

  3. OOOH- I am dealing with the same issue re: handle down gnawed on books and lack of reading to poor neglected child. Also, DH decides to take whatever Deeds is playing with under the guise of teaching him to share. "I show baby Deeds how to share, Mom. We sharing!" Cue baby wailing.

    1. L's ploy is being adorable by mimicking my mothering skills with her "baby" (random stuffed animal that rotates every day) and taking all of B's stuff because "my baby needs it! she's crying!" She even pitched a fit the other day because I insisted B ride in his car seat instead of piggy ("piggy needs to be safe!"). Oy vey.

  4. Thank you thank you for posting this! I told Jake yesterday that I had no clue how to entertain Alex; I've forgotten since Leila was this small. I read that high contrast books are where it's at, but I didn't know where to start. Heading to amazon now!

  5. LOVE this post and precious photos of family reading time!!


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