If you’re interested in books/songs that are new, creative, and off the beaten path (e.g. not the same old classic books that everyone has), read on.
When my mom was visiting, she saw Hugo & the Red Balloon sitting out on our counter. She flipped through the first few pages and the ensuing exchange went like this:
Mom: “Where did you hear of this book?”
Me: “It’s Billy’s newest book.”
Mom: “It’s outrageously good…way better than any other kids book I’ve ever read!”
I agree. So does everyone else that reads his books at our house.
Here’s what I love about Billy’s children’s stuff…songs, books, videos, etc. His content is just as entertaining for us as it is for our kids. We all get something out of it. It’s like when Disney movies have jokes aimed at every age group in the audience. Billy’s books have the same feeling. The illustrations are intricate, clever, funny, and our boys find them mesmerizing. Their little busy fingers point to every detail and give us fun things to talk about. They can spend several minutes on an illustration (which for a toddler, let alone 2 toddlers, is an eternity) trying to figure it all out.
Hugo and the Red Balloon
I don’t want to ruin the book for you so I’ll just say this: the story is heartwarming, the text is clever, and the illustrations are intricate. In addition to the book, there is also this musical video you can show to your kids. Our boys danced, which is their highest form of a compliment, when I showed this to them for the first time. Can you spot the Ploposaurus?
The Bad, Bad Bully’s Alphabet Book
In addition to the clear benefit of helping to introduce the alphabet, The Bad Bad Bully’s Alphabet Book has a good social message about bullying. As far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to introduce that subject. M is for the mess I made…yes, yes it is.
If you want a glimpse into Billy’s style, watch the ABC’s of Anatomy. I dare you not to sing it for the rest of the day. Once you’re hooked, you can watch more of his children’s videos on the official Billy Simons website or order his books on Amazon.