My husband and I have been collecting books for our Geekbaby since long before we started spawning. Every time we travelled, we picked up books. If I ran across something striking and unusual at the Half Price Books annual clearance sale at the Fairgrounds, I picked it up. We had books from childhood that we made sure to bring to our house. We even built him a special bookshelf as the one Big Project that we got done pre-spawn (more on that in a future post).
While it could certainly be argued that all books are, in fact, some brand of geeky, some of the books that we have picked up have been more geeky than others. Here’s a rundown of some Geek Books that are currently on our Geekbaby’s shelf. (Note: I had too much fun writing about this and ended up splitting it up into two posts! Part 2 is coming soon.)
Though it’s a fun concept, HTML for Babies can be frustrating for adults to enjoy with their spawn. The tags don’t always make sense. For example, there are tags that open without being closed, and (as should probably be expected in a book about HTML coding) there’s no narrative. I don’t even mean there’s no first to last page narrative, but that there’s no coherent narrative at all. It seems to be just a visual arrangement of HTML tags, which serves its purpose in visually stimulating young babies, but won’t do much if you’re looking for something that will actually teach HTML to your little geek. However, it is fun to have in the collection, just for the geek factor.
I first saw Star Wars: 1, 2, 3 (and its companion, Star Wars: ABC) on a girlfriend’s baby registry from ThinkGeek. I ordered it as a baby gift for her, but unfortunately my husband caught sight of it at the house, and it never made it to my girlfriend. (Never fear, I ordered a second set for her and this time avoided the danger by having it shipped straight to her house).
These books are exactly what you would expect – a page by page review of numbers (or letters) with tie ins to Star Wars. They are oversized and sturdy, with colorful images from the movies. They’re fun to read with your Geekbaby, and equally fun to dissect whether there was a better choice for representation of that particular number or letter.
As an added bonus, these are great for toddlers and young preschoolers as well. We bought a set for our nephew two Christmases ago. This past Christmas our nephew started reciting each page of Star Wars 123 from memory. I was thrilled that the book seemed to make such a great impression on him!
In addition to numbers and letters, there’s an additional volume that deals with colors. I haven’t picked this one up so I can’t speak to it. However, if it’s anything like the letter and number versions, it’s probably worth checking out.
The bottom line is, there are lots of letter and number primers out there, and we have quite a few of them, but this one is fun and appealing to all age ranges, including the GeekParents.
Nighttime Ninja is a charming picture book about the exploits of (you guessed it) a ninja at night. It’s heavy on illustrations, and light on narrative, which makes it perfect for an interactive reading experience. It also has a surprise at the end that, while it’s nothing like the discovery of Luke Skywalker’s parentage, is still a fun twist.
Nighttime Ninja isn’t a board book, so it’s better for older toddlers and children who can be trusted with pages. But it’s definitely a good addition to any Little Geek’s picture book collection.
Don’t forget to check out “Geekbaby’s Bookshelf: More Great Geeky Books for Your Little Geek“!