Wednesday, August 13, 2014

[Review] My First Book Series

Like most babies and toddlers, A and K love reading.  Well, more like being read to, but the girls both love books.  Kenley may just enjoy pulling them off the shelf one by one and then trying them as an appetizer, but Ashlynn definitely goes in a merry-go-round of her favorites.  Jumping from short, funny, baby style board books, to prettier paper paged picture books, to longer Dr. Seuss stories and tales with learning concepts.

When Sophie Helenek reached out to me a few weeks back to see if I would be interested in checking out her award winning My First Book series and share them here on the blog I jumped on board.  I'm one of those people who has a habit of tossing in "one extra thing" when shopping and it's usually a book. I actually have a pile hoarded in a closet so I have something to pull out on rainy days or to save for Santa.  I had also been feeling guilty recently that most of those books were more geared towards Ashlynn, longer and with paper pages since her comprehension is growing.

Receiving a new series for Kenley, geared specifically for babies, made me really excited and the series did not disappoint.  Each of the four books -Fruits, Shapes, Musical Instruments, and Sky Wonders have vibrant colors and simple concepts, there may not be much story telling, but the language skills and sensory awareness is apparent in each book.  Simple books like this help encourage vocabulary and develop attention span.  I also helps babies learn some of their first words.

What surprised me the most was how much Ashlynn liked the books.  I thought since they didn't tell a story she'd be too advanced for them, turns out they offer so much more than just the basic concepts for baby.  After receiving the books a week ago, she has pulled out the Musical Instruments version almost daily.  She now correctly identifies trumpets, violins ("bi-lin"), flutes, and saxophones in addition to the pianos and guitars that initially captured her attention from familiarity.  She'll tell me all the colors included on each page, which ones are not in sequence (which flute is backwards? what pianos are upside down?), and of course count how many on each page.  Each of the books offer similar concepts so there is always a concept to work on as your child grows from baby to toddler. 

These would definitely be a great shower gift, especially if the hostesses are collecting a "library".    I'm planning on bringing them with on vacation to pull out while waiting for meals out.  Something to capture Kenley's attention other than silverware and something to keep Ashlynn engaged and learning and not begging for our phones or tablet. 


Thank you to Sophie Helenek and My First Books for allowing us to review the My First Books series.  As always all opinions are 100% mine.  The My First Book series is available at


  1. Cute!! Love those detail pictures of the girls/little hands with the books. I've been shocked at what a book-lover we have, hope the next one is too. It's so fun to hear them point out things and 'read'. Sounds like Ashlynn is on top of it all!! :)

  2. I love books and building a library for the littles! It's always good to find out about new ones!

  3. Glad to hear about some new board books! THank you! Also, your daughter has such pretty eyes!

  4. So I'm catching up on blog reading while I'm waiting to go to work and just read this one...I just looked these up on amazon and they look great! You did mention that Ashlynn loved them as did Kenley but do you feel like they are geared towards babies? Mason is 2 (but has some speech delay) and I was thinking of getting a couple of these for him but don't know if they would be too "young" for him.

  5. Honestly, they are great for Ashlynn and she's almost 2.5. There are no words or story, just bright colorful images. But she loves pointing out what each image is and I'll elaborate... which one is blue (or what color is this one), which ones are upside down/backwards, what is this shape called, how many do you see, let's count the pianos, etc. They are very basic, but they might be good for speech development since you can work on so many concepts. What colors are on top, what color banana is under the red banana, etc. At first I really didn't think Ashlynn would even care, but a month later she still pulls them out a lot.


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