Despite my overly-enthusiastic love for children’s books (also documented in Part I of this series here), it’s going to be years before RJ can read. For now, before she can properly flip the pages of her books, she enjoys experimenting with her cloth books.
Here’s a look the cloth books in our library for now.
Bilingual “shapes” book
Grabbed this for RM10 at the Mid Valley Baby Expo, which was my first ever baby fair experience. (I had no idea what to buy!) This is a small book with a teether/ toy ring, it makes crinkly sounds when you touch the pages. The shapes seen on the pages have both English and Chinese words written on them.
I thought it would be good to expose RJ to some mandarin words, even though we haven’t decided on what kind of schools we will send her to. D is not keen on Chinese schools. But that’s a debate for another day…
Animal cloth book
This was a gift, we’re not sure where it came from. It is very large (bigger than baby’s face) so the animals are huuuuge to baby’s eyes. The colours are very striking and vivid too. Research shows that high contrast is a good way to stimulate babies’ vision from a young age, since sight is the least developed sense at birth.
Plus point for this book is the cute animal print, as we have a thing for animals here. We’ve been telling RJ the names of the animals and trying to get her to recognise them.
Five in the bed (2 in 1 puppet and board book) by Little Scholastic
Just had to grab this when I saw it at the MPH Warehouse book sales in Bangunan Siti Hasmah, near Kiara Hill. It’s a puppet AND a book, definitely irresistible fascination for under-2s. The finger puppet is well made and features unusual animals from Australia – koala, cockatoo, emu, wombat, kangaroo.
RJ loves to stare at the puppets dancing. The book itself is a cute little ditty which you can easily weave into puppet play. The storyline is similar to “ten little monkeys jumping on the bed”. So as you read the story, the animals “fall down” one by one (by folding your finger down). Great quality and endless enjoyment for RM17.90, what’s not to love?
Funny pup (Giggle Jiggle Fun Books by Hinkler)
This Australian plush book is super soft and cuddly, it’s almost like a pillow or soft toy. We were blessed to be gifted with this book during RJ’s full moon. Have not seen it for sale in Malaysian bookstores. I think it’s a nice touch that the colours have tones and gradients, unlike other plain colored cloth books. The dog’s paws are filled with beans, so it can stand upright. The tail has crinkly material inside, so it makes a rustling sound when touched.
A worthy offering by Hinkler, this toy book comes with a battery operated sound component. If you pull the little bow tie string that the dog is biting, the book will make some giggling sounds, as well as vibrate. RJ was really fascinated to hear the sound of the dog panting. It is a good way to introduce her to the concept of animal sounds, since we have yet to introduce her to D’s parents’ dog.
Skip Hop Soft Activity Book (Treetop Friends)
Another gift, one of our favorites. Doubt we would have paid for it on our own since the shipping fees and conversion rate do not work in our favour in Malaysia.
We were given this book since before RJ was born, so I had been letting her play with it for all these months without knowing what brand it was. Just before I sat down to write this post, I checked for the tag and was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s from a brand I’ve seen around before. Although, I did not know they sell cloth books. I had only seen their diaper bags, which are quite lovely.
Skip Hop makes high quality and innovative parenting essentials that are both stylish and practical. The goods do come with a high price tag, since it’s imported.
Here’s the part where I rave about the book and show the close up photos.
I’m glad to see RJ enjoying her cloth books for now. When she is older, I would like to introduce her to “quiet books”, also known as “busy books”. These are toddler activity books which involve various elements that the child can play and practice motor skills, such as zippers, shoelaces, buckles, pins, velcro, etc.
Here’s some examples of a nice Busy Book (via Mum in the Making)
Some Malaysian vendors for Quiet Book:
Lea With Luv
Montessori Fun Play handmade quiet book
Little Q Craft Page
Mummy Orked (in Johor)
Little Heartwarmers (They have Muslim version too)