Love 5 Loves
Tagsearly elementary, preschooler
I’ve often found that the best children’s books and toys are rather simple and straightforward. When my mother requested that guests bring a book or two to my baby shower, I received a library filled with beautiful literary treasures that my child will undoubtedly appreciate in about ten years. But right now, she’s all about that one book that has a single picture on each page and two to three words accompanying each picture. She understands the book. She has memorized the text. It comforts her because it is relatable. And it’s exciting for her mom and dad to think this may just be the first book she learns to read on her own.
Home Grown Books realizes children need straightforward, interesting, and eye-capturing early readers and it delivers by offering Book Set 1 — nine early readers by New York City artist and writer Cecile Dyer. Each book features Dyer’s vivacious watercolors and line drawings, and each story contains no more than three words per page. The series touches upon topics your child will want to learn more about, including planets, animals, gardens, baking, and playing dress-up. The illustrations are simple and inspiring, helping your child develop their imagination while they begin to read their first words. The books are 5.5” by 6.25”, perfect for little hands to hold.
Home Grown Books was created by two Brooklyn moms, a reading specialist and an art curator, who found a lack of “smart and beautiful” language books in the children’s literary market. All of the books in their series are printed in New York City on recycled paper using no-VOC vegetable inks and renewable wind-powered energy. Once your child has mastered this first set, they can build even more reading skill by progressing through the other two graphically gorgeous Home Grown book sets.