A few weeks ago we went on vacation to South Dakota. Weeks before buckling up and pulling out of the driveway, I was in full vacation preparation mode. Making lists, cleaning, making to-do lists for me (and my fantastic husband,) thoughtfully planning out our flexible itinerary together, and most importantly– making plans for what books, games, and toys to put in B’s entertainment bag. What keeps a 2 year old busy on the road for 11 hours (other than Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood videos on repeat?)
I took a chance and purchased it as a surprise for B in the car, and Colors (Start Little Learn Big) turned out to be one of the best books to keep B’s attention.
With 30 flaps to lift that are a part of brightly colored scenes from inside and outside the house, little ones are encouraged to look behind trees, doors, bowls, books, and curtains to discover more items that are blue, red, green, or yellow. B couldn’t stop lifting flaps and turning pages (I kid you not!)
The last two spreads have what seems to be everything in many colors– purple, pink, gold, silver, orange, and rainbow. Familiar friends like a kitty, rubber duck, dog, fish, and teddy bear can be found throughout the book, and your little one will wish they could jump into the book and play with all of the children in their joyful, vivid world.
Colors (Start Little Learn Big) (12m+)
Smriti Prasadam-Halls/Illus. Olivier Latyk
When was the last time you saw or heard the wonderful word berserk?
It’s been a while in this house, so of course we had to grab this quick read about 45 wild party animals (er, party hippos, and how could I forget– one beast.)
It all begins with one lonely hippo sitting by his phone– he decides to call two of his pals to come over… and then word spreads like wildfire! A group of three shows up, then four, then “five hippos come overdressed” (in tuxedos and evening gowns, and the hippo who answers the door isn’t wearing, well, anything.)
Six hippos, seven hippos, eight sneaky hippos, and finally– nine hard working hippos all arrive to the party, and then…
“ALL THE HIPPOS GO BERSERK!”
You and your cutie will count up to nine and then back down to one, all while feeling like a couple of rhyming “plus one” guests at the hippo’s house.
Hippos Go Berserk!
Ahh… summer. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside lately, and a lot of bugs have been spending time on the patio door screen, or fluttering towards the light and running into the windows at night. All too often we’re swatting May beetles (or June bugs) away from our face/hair. We’re ready for those beautiful, blinking lightning bugs (or fireflies) to make their short, summer appearance. I already have our bug jar ready!
Unlike those bugs flapping and crashing into the window, Some Bugs is a feast for the eyes.
In this rhyming classic board book, your little one gets to learn all about what bugs do.
“Some bugs CLICK. Some bugs SING. Some bugs do a BUZZING thing.”
Just look at the spread for the last sentence– a visual feast! (I know, my photo doesn’t do it justice.) A few of the things kiddos will learn that bugs do? Sting, fight, crawl, glide, and hunt! At the end of this beautiful board book, every bug (and one creature that is definitely not a bug) is listed with their proper name. This book will make you want to go outside with your little pals, explore, and catch some of these bugs in action.
Angela Diterlizzi/Illus. Brendan Wenzel
“Instead of a card, please bring a book for baby to enjoy for years to come.”
A line you’ll most likely read on your next baby shower invitation– and really, what perfect add-on to your gift than a book for baby’s new library?!
You Are My Baby: Garden would make the perfect choice for that baby shower. This is a different kind of board book– one that might catch little ones by surprise. There are big pages (for the big animals or insects,) and mini pages (that house all of the baby animals or insects.) It begins like this:
*Turn big page to see the mother bird*
“You sing a happy song in our leafy tree.”
*Turn little page and discover the baby*
“You are my baby, little hatchling.”
Aww. I can’t help but feel the love these colorful creatures feel for their babies. After Momma Bird, you’ll see pairs of spiders, snails, squirrels, and last but not least, sweet little bees (ahem… is it a bee themed gender neutral baby shower?!)
I love reading this book and feeling sentimental warm motherly feelings to B, and I can’t wait to read it to our NEW little baby in November. There are several You Are My Baby themed books for you to choose from– for a gift, or for your own sweet little peanut.
You Are My Baby: Garden