On My Beach

The school year is here. It’s so exciting to have fresh folders with no bends, new pencils with untouched erasers, new shoes with no scuffs… ahh.

Before we know it, snow will be falling. Summer seemed to happen so fast… but around here we’re holding on a little bit longer with On My Beach.


Talk about making a book come to life. I’ve never seen a book with a finger puppet, so I was pretty excited to find this book. The happy little crab can actually scamper around his beach. While we read, we play a game of keep away/don’t pull the crab (ahem, my finger) out of the book.

He shows what fun there is to have on the beach– like races with friends, spotting treasures, hanging out in soothing waves, and then takes a cozy nap with his family.

“Aww, look B. Crab is taking a nap… do you want to take a nappie, too?”

Yeah, right.

There is a whole line of books by this author/illustrator team, set in the forest, in a barn, etc. – and we can hardly wait to get our hands on (and in!) another.

On My Beach
Sarah Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
Chronicle Books


That’s not my duck…

This is Duck.


Duck is the fourth member of our family. We take him (her? it?) wherever we go. If Duck were alive and could talk, he’d probably say that his favorite part of the day is when B balls him up, smooshes him against her face and sucks her thumb. It’s their thing.

Not so long ago, I got worried. What if we lost Duck? I took to the internet and found our discontinued, exact little friend for sale– for $86.00.


So, meet Duck Two.



Our ‘just in case’ duck. Oh yes, she most definitely knows the difference. She’s not one to be fooled when it comes to her most prized possession.

Which leads me to the book That’s not my duck… by Fiona Watt.

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The hunt is on for a little mouse to find his duck. He notices the differences in the ducks he examines with several Goldilocks moments– “its wings are too soft” or “its tummy is too fuzzy”. While you read, your little one can examine the differences, too, learning how soft, bumpy, or fuzzy feels.

After all of that duck talk (whether I’ve finished reading or not), my little mouse leaps from my lap to take off on a duck hunt of her own.

That’s not my duck…
Fiona Watt
Usborne Publishing

Dog Wants to Play

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a bumbling puppy. They’re just so… well, you know, cute. B LOVES puppies. Kids + puppies = JOY.

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Just look at this little guy’s face. Hats off to illustrator Jeff Mack. He’s created a dog who looks like he’s getting photographed to be the cover of a dog magazine. Who wouldn’t want to play with him?

A lot of the other farm animals, as it turns out. Poor dog. He really, really wants to play! Dog asks all of his farm friends to play, but most of them are too shy or scared of him.

You can’t help but hope that the next page reveals Dog finds a friend. This story just makes you want to grab your kiddo, jump into the book and play with this sweet, persistent Dog.

Dog Wants to Play
Christine McDonnell


A new blog. A happy blog. A happy place to talk about our favorite board books. Our little girl recently learned how to walk, so now she’s able to grab a book, stumble-walk over and say, “Eh?”

A request I’m happy to fulfill. Especially when it is DINOSAUR vs. BEDTIME by Bob Shea.


It is SO much fun to read out loud– I mean, when the first page just screams, “ROAR! I’M A DINOSAUR!” you can’t read it in any other voice but a dinosaur’s. That first page also gets you a look from a kid who’s thinking, “What the…”

This book is about an unstoppable little dinosaur who conquers everything he encounters during his day. He ROARs his way through a pile of leaves, ROARs away talking grown-ups, and ROARs through his dinner (a nice & neat bowl of spaghetti, which he gives a good Chomp! Chomp! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!)

By the time you find out if dinosaur conquers bedtime, your baby is left wanting MORE… or by that time has started roaring, because hey, Mama’s doing it.

Bob Shea
Published by Disney/Hyperion Books