Some Bugs

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.FullSizeRender (25)

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.) IMG_1500A 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.

Some Bugs
Angela Diterlizzi/Illus. Brendan Wenzel
Little Simon

You Are My Baby: Garden

“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. you are my baby gardenThis 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
Lorena Siminovich
Chronicle Books

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs

When was the last time you went on a bug quest?

A few days ago, while out in the yard with Sunny during B’s nap, I found a ladybug. A pretty little red ladybug. I haven’t even thought about looking for/capturing anything other than a lightning bug for years. I scurried inside while carrying the crawling critter on my hand. While keeping an eye on it (so it didn’t turn into a fugitive,) I rummaged through the cupboard and created B’s first bug jar.

ZAP! Oh, the childhood memories. I was so excited to show her when she woke up from her nap!

What did she think? *crickets* However, she thought the jar was really cool. She’s a little young (I guess) to fully feel the thrill of trapping a live bug. With the flick of B’s wrist, Mrs. Ladybug was free.

I wouldn’t have even thought of looking for bugs if it wasn’t for Hello, World! Backyard Bugs.bugs

This bright, beautiful, and engaging book was written & illustrated by a woman who’s favorite color is rainbow. Just look at the cover. Don’t you instantly believe her claim? Every color is used, and somehow, the colors make you want to go outside and explore.

In this board book, your little one will learn quick facts about bees, dragonflies, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, ladybugs, ants, worms, and caterpillars that turn into butterflies! Your kiddo can practice wiggling like a worm (like they need practice,) tracing lines where dragonflies fly, and pointing out familiar objects they’ll find on each spread.

Did you know a cricket chirps by rubbing its wings together? Trust me– this book is just as much for you as it is for your little one. We can’t wait to get our hands on the others in the series!

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs
Jill McDonald
Doubleday