Durable, non-toxic pages perfectly sized for little hands, the book-like magazine Babybug, published nine times a year, is crafted with careful thought for baby and toddler development. In the 2018 October issue, for example, caregivers are encouraged to use the “peekaboo” poem, “Under the Blanket,” as a springboard to other “hiding and finding games” that teach the concept of object permanence, encourage problem-solving, and build confidence. Short stories with “sound” words offer opportunities for vocal word play; children were encouraged to repeat the “clang,” “pop,” “toot,” “buzz” sounds in the two-page story, “Noisy Kitchen”; and the “beep-beep,” “kaboom,” wooo-wooo,” “vroom-broom” in “Street Sounds.” Each themed issue includes a story about a little girl named Kim and her toy rabbit, poems, stories, activities, a “First Concept” feature (“What is sticky?,” “Halloween,” “Wheels”), cozy illustrations, and a “Guide for Caregivers” to enhance play and learning.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.