Pig Takes A Bath

Last week, I received my weekly BabyCenter email “Your 27 month old.” The emails are filled with things that typical toddlers or babies are up to, about to be doing, or have been doing.

Normally skimmed and deleted, I paused at this one because it was about reading books to your kid. Here are some highlights–

“Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree again?! Oh yes. Reading the same book over and over provides a measure of comfort to preschoolers, who see the familiar characters and plot as an oasis in a world full of unknowns.”

“Re-reading helps your 2-year-old connect the words he hears with the pictures he sees.”

“Hearing the same sentences again and again helps him decode grammar. Your child also gets a rush of confidence when you turn the page and he sees the expected next part of the story…”

And some advice…

“Let your child choose which book to read.” YES. They’re not going to sit still if they’re not interested in that adorable book that you like to read.

“Mask your boredom and read it once again.” Using the same enthusiastic voices over and over can be… challenging.

“He may well want to hear the same story several times in a sitting.”

I thought to myself, “Um… B? Sitting still long enough to do that? Mmm…I doubt it.”

So, the next day we went to Story Time at the library. I grabbed a few books that thought she’d like (because I don’t exist when a train table is nearby,) and once she saw this little fella, the information from the BabyCenter email practically CAME TO LIFE.

pig takes a bath

I kid you not, we’ve read this SO MANY times… and I’m a little freaked out that the email was so perfectly timed, and pleased that she is precisely in line with something a typical 27 month old does.

In Pig Takes a Bath, little ones learn about the steps that are involved for bath time– all thanks to one muddy, clever pig. It’s time for a bath, but where is the little pig? In the mud, of course! When he’s told it’s bath time, he tries to avoid being captured, but quickly finds himself at the bathtub, going through the steps to get himself all clean.

“Little Pig, here’s the washcloth.

Little Pig, wash between your toes!

Little Pig, it’s time to rinse.”

A board book with an ending that will make your pal laugh, this one is a great read for your toddler to memorize, thanks to a little repetition and big, expressive illustrations of things that are very familiar.

Pig Takes a Bath
Michael Dahl/Illus. Oriol Vidal
Picture Window Books

Usborne Very First Words: Animals

The older B gets, the more fun it is to test her and see what she knows the names of (anything and everything really, and she recently surprised me with “ephalent.”) Like elephants, her love for animals is large– and she loves making the sounds they make. My favorite is her impression of a cat.

It goes something like this… *scrunched face* *deep breath*…

“R—e—aowww!” She looks really sad when she does it, but at the same time she couldn’t be cuter.

What’s your favorite toddler-made animal sound?

animals

Take a second and admire the animals on the front cover of Usborne Very First Words: Animals. How. CUTE. In this board book, your little one will learn the names of many animals, where they live (from the farm to the ocean and around the world,) and even some of the sounds they make. Sprinkled throughout the book are words describing a certain part of the adorable animals– like whiskers, shell, trunk or fin.

Kiddos will love naming (and perhaps pretending to be) all 65 cuddly looking animals and learning the difference between a flipper and a tail. 🙂

Get ready to practice your dolphin noise…

Usborne Very First Words: Animals
Design by Laura Hammonds/Illus. Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing

Where Is the Green Sheep?

To those of you who know me, I don’t know where B ever got the idea to hide from someone *cough*, but…

When Kyle gets home from work, she’ll shout, “Daddy home!” run to the window & wave, jump up and down, then urgently whisper…

HIDE.

So, then we hide. It might be in a closet, the laundry room, eyes covered, sitting obviously in the chair, or once (my favorite of her choices)– in the middle of the living room in her new (not fully assembled) wagon covered by a quilt.

b hiding

That Daddy of hers, he’s a good sport. 🙂 “Where could she possibly be?”

Where Is the Green Sheep? caught my eye at the library. I knew our happy hider B would be curious and willing to find someone who is missing– especially since we’ve been on many, many missions to find her beloved Duck.

greensheep

In this book, your little one will meet all kinds of sheep– scared sheep, brave sheep, sun sheep, and rain sheep. There are sheep playing with sand, sheep doing acrobatics, and even snorkeling sheep (think of all of that wet wool…) and still, your little one hasn’t yet seen the (*hint*) sleepy, green sheep!

Your little one will be entertained and so busy meeting the whimsical sheep through rhyme, that you’ll get a few reminders.

“Where is the green sheep?”

Oh yeah, where is that green sheep?

This engaging picture book (AND board book!) is geared towards ages 0-5.

Where Is the Green Sheep?
Mem Fox/Illus. Judy Horacek
Harcourt

Announcement!

Dear Readers,

As you’re aware, our B is a member of the not-so-terrible two’s and next year she’ll be enjoying *gasp* threenager land.

In my mind, it’s not August 2. It’s almost Thanksgiving.

Which means B is 2.5.

Which means she’s a big sister.

Which means the next few months will totally fly by as we adjust to our new life as a family of four.

Which also means my well oiled machine of a to-do list for late summer/fall 2017 is complete.

“Ahh…” is what I’ll say as we snuggle Baby #2 and bigger Baby #1.

*Slaps hand* BACK TO THE POINT…

Since B is interested in board books and picture books (and doesn’t rip pages *phew*), she’ll be helping me review BOTH on Books for Babies– I’m so excited to tell you that starting Friday we’ll be posting our first picture book review!

At the top of the homepage, please notice the shiny, new tabs– one for Board Books, and one for Picture Books. 🙂

We’re starting picture books off right with help from an old friend who helped us begin Books for Babies… Dinosaur.

Happy Reading to you and your littles!

Kerri

The Crayons’ Book of Numbers

Toddler B’s response when a toy comes to life: “I expected that.”

Her response when a book comes to life: “Again!” (Ahem… Don’t Push the Button!)

Her response when crayons come to life in a book: “Simply astonishing. Crayons can talk? Again!” She has an incredible vocabulary for being 2… 😉

crayons

The Crayons’ Book of Numbers has it all– mystery, determination, likes, dislikes, declarations, desperation! It also has ten funny, opinionated crayons that your little one has to help gather throughout the story. While counting to ten, kiddos will become familiar with their colors– purple, green, yellow, orange (“the true color of the sun,”) beige, pink, busy blue, red, black, and a slightly worried, slightly exhausted gray.

You (and your little ones) will have a hard time not enjoying this book. 

The Crayons’ Book of Numbers
Drew Daywalt/Illus. Oliver Jeffers
Grosset & Dunlap

Little Blue Boat

I went in to the store for a baby book for our sweet little one on the way. Like always, I told myself I was just going to get that one thing, then maybe browse a little and not buy anything else.

I couldn’t resist. I got a baby book… and then Little Green Frog, and then Little Blue Boat just jumped into my arms.

Little Blue Boat (and it’s pal Little Green Frog) both have thick, easy-to-open flaps. Perfect for adorable little fingers to grab.
FullSizeRender (28)Rhyme, and thick, grabbable (ack! For today, let’s consider that a real word), flaps tell the tale of an adventurous boat. With help from beautiful illustrations, little ones will get to see all of the boat’s ocean friends while it floats with the tide and sets sail. Seagulls, a seal, a dolphin and funny otters play by the boat, and you’ll be taken under the sea to a lobster, an octopus, and then back up to see two happy blue whales.

There are more animals to discover around the Little Blue Boat with your little one– who may be 6 months old, or someone who needs a quick story because they’re a can’t-sit-gotta-run 2 year old. 🙂

Little Blue Boat
Ginger Swift/Illus. Zoe Persico
Cottage Door Press