A very simple black and white board book for families to share with their baby right from the start. My First Shapes explores simple shapes, sizes and distances. The reaction by babies to this board book is immediate; they are totally mesmerised by the simple and high contrast black and white images. A great way to introduce the routine of picture and board books to children right from the start.
In this book, you will find:
1 large circle and 2 little circles
1 large triangle and 3 little triangles
1 large square and 4 little squares
1 large oval and 5 little ovals
1 large rectangle and 6 little rectangles
1 large diamond and 7 little diamonds
and 1 large crescent and 8 little crescents.
Author – Raising Literacy Australia (Little Book Press)
Since 2006, we have been designing and producing picture and board books, nursery rhyme cds and dvd and activity booklets for families to share with their children from birth.
Research continues to tell us that a baby’s brains will grow and develop by an amazing 80% in the first 4 years. By having fun every day through sharing stories, playing games, singing songs and lots of talking, not only helps you to bond with your baby, but will also have significant impact on the growth and development of your baby’s brain.
Illustrator – Fiona Bowden
Fiona’s interest in paper began while studying a Bachelor of Arts at Uni SA 1989-1992. Majoring in textiles allowed her to explore the many ways in which paper can be made, used and manipulated. This fascination has continued and developed in to making picture books. Starting with black and white paper cutouts for My First Shapes has allowed her to open a new way of illustrating she has not explored before. By cutting layering and collaging and adding colour and pattern the possibilities are endless.
“James loves them, he gets so entranced in the shapes. He received them at the WCH as a premature baby. Thank you for giving us such a gorgeous gift, I used to read your books to him by his cot side and it helped get me through.” Amy mother of James, SA.
“We purchased a few books at an Expo and my son loves them! While he was only a few months old when we purchased them, the simple bold black and white pictures in My First Shapes captured his attention every time, so much so that we stuck them on the wall next to his change table to stop him from wriggling around!
He is a big 9 months old now and the book seems to have grown with him. He now finds the fine details of the shapes enthralling and loves flipping between the pages. The pictures are still next to the change table although his mission now is to tear them off the wall to get a closer look. In future, I look forward to naming and counting the shapes together so it will remain a staple in our library.” Alison and baby son, VIC.