Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know about something? You feel like you’re the last to know, but when you get the news you’re not the least bit surprised– because somehow you feel like you already knew about it? Has that ever happened to you?

That’s how I felt when we found this book the other day. B and I were gently flipping through the board book racks at our library (well, I was, she was more interested in pulling them out and putting them on the floor, as one does) when there he was– suddenly on the floor and fast asleep in his green seaweed bed.

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What a lovable little guy! This rhyming story is all about the Pout-Pout Fish’s bedtime routine, and the casual way he swirls around his little sea home of soft blues and greens is utterly soothing. He brushes his shockingly white fish teeth and washes his face with sponges. He finds his little lovey, settles in for a story of whale songs and makes a wish on star fish. This is a wonderful book to snuggle up and read to your little one (possibly over and over).

We are so glad to have finally met Mr. Fish, and looking forward to many more encounters.

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen/Illus. Dan Hanna
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

Let’s Count!

For B, these things have “Ooh! Look!” written all over them.

A brown bunny bolting through the yard.
“Bun!”

Another kid at the park.
*She begins to toddle over to the child stranger to give them a hug*

A colorful, lift-the-flap board book with huge print.
*She relaxes and looks through the book*

Sometimes, babies & toddlers need an instant distraction to buy you a little more time before a meltdown. Since I don’t have a black top hat and well, I’m not a magician, this board book is always with us when we leave the house.

Oh, just look at this photo of the cover. You can tell it’s semi-aggressively loved, the poor thing is starting to ripple. Who needs a top hat when a book is magic? No meltdowns when this thing is around.

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Let’s Count! A First Book of Numbers is bright, colorful, and the print is nice and big for baby to see. Your little one can lift each number flap to see one big sun, two friendly kittens, three cars, and so on– all the way to the number 10. Each number flap is hiding adorable illustrations that just beg to keep your cutie’s attention.

What is the meltdown stalling book in your tot’s diaper bag?

Let’s Count! A First Book of Numbers
Sassy®/Illus. by Dave Aikins
Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin

Colors!

To any of you who know her (or know of her) it will not surprise you that my Mom has an awesome kid library in her office.

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What we love about Grammy Jill‘s library: Mom, lots of titles to choose from, a big rug to lay on, a comfy, old rocking chair to sit on, and no overdue fees for books you take and never return!

We’ll return it, soon, probably.

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National Geographic Kids Look & Learn: Colors! is interactive and illustrated with beautiful, brightly colored photographs.  Each section shows several examples of things that are one color (duck, bananas, school bus, etc…), and on the next spread, your little one is challenged to hunt and find all of that special color– blue, green, orange, red, or yellow.

Included in the spread are fun facts for the kids and adults. While looking for the color blue on a ferris wheel, we learned that the world’s tallest ferris wheel is higher than 40 elephants! Nooooo, thank you.

I know there are a few more National Geographic Kids Look & Learn books in Mom’s library– and I think it’s time to “check out” another!

National Geographic Kids Look & Learn: Colors!
Ruth Musgrave
National Geographic Society

My World My Words

November. The holiday shopping season is upon us!

I’m always looking for new, good board books, and I ran into this one on Chronicle Books‘ website. It looked like a great Christmas gift for B. So, based on hope and a beautiful description, I ordered it.

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*sigh* It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-lovely!

After flipping through it, I couldn’t resist. I had to give B a peek. Your little one gets to join in the fun of toddler Bobby’s day– from breakfast & playtime to exploring outside. Words like spoon, together, throw, water, stroller, and tree are described. Bobby’s day ends with seeing the moon, putting on pajamas, and of course, bedtime. There are colorful tabs on the side of a few pages, and each one signals a different part of Bobby’s day.

My World My Words is loaded with first words that your little one will love to learn, and the adorable illustrations will help them match the picture to the word.

No question, it will be read again and again after December 25. It is a gift, after all.

My World My Words
Marie Fordacq/Illus. by Peggy Nille
Twirl Books/Editions Tourbillon/Dist. by Chronicle Books