When your toddler picks out a book that has 192 pages…

…and she sits on the floor and starts flipping through, you go with it. Right?

She whisked this gem off of the bottom shelf this morning at Target. Our Daniel Tiger super fan just had to have it.

192 pages of 12 of her favorite (side note: they’re all her favorite) stories, written so that each one only lasts 5 minutes… catered to busy, busy kiddos?

“Okay, Mug. You can read it in the cart.”

And she did, for the rest of our shopping trip. Win!

(Yeah, I call her Mug. A long line of lovey nicknames warped into that *cough* affectionate, lovingly picked word.)

Knuffle Bunny

We’ve been so lucky not to lose B’s Duck. There have been a handful of times that we’ve left Duck at home because “She doesn’t need it,” or “She’s a big girl,” and paid the price…

Flashback to a couple weeks ago when Kyle & I decided it’d be nice to go out on the nearby lake with the fishing boat. We decided, (correction, decided,) that it wasn’t worth going upstairs to find Duck after B was already in her car seat. (Note: I’m very close to hitting the mark of “third trimester” with Baby #2 and, after all, she’s a big girl… right?)

Oy.

That. was. a. terrible. decision.

Huge tears! “My Duckie! My Duckie!”

Screams! “Duck!” “Where Duck go?!”

Bigger, huger tears!

6-7ish miles later, she saw the lake and decided that she’d temporarily forget about her our betrayal, and focused on going to ride the boat. Phew.

Either this story makes you chuckle and remember a time when your own kids had a dear, stuffed friend, or you’re thinking, “Nah, we won’t do that to our kid.”

Just wait– it will happen to you.

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Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems is so relatable. Sweet Trixie is off with her Dad through their neighborhood to do their laundry while Mom sits on their steps and waves goodbye. She has a good book in hand, and a big smile on her face (I totally understand, Trixie’s Mom.)

Dad & Trixie are having such a good ol’ time at the laundromat that Dad doesn’t notice he snags Knuffle Bunny and puts him in the washing machine (let’s face it, Knuffle Bunny could probably use a good washing anyway…)

*gulp*

Poor Dad.

After experiencing one gargantuan toddler tantrum, Dad & Trixie get home and Mom immediately notices that their friend Knuffle Bunny has gone missing.

Never fear, Mom, Dad AND Trixie end up having a better day– after a race through their neighborhood, of course.

See? Totally relatable.

This Caldecott Honor book is filled with photographs of Booklyn, New York, where Trixie’s funny cartoon family lives.

Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
*Caldecott Honor

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

DINOSAUR vs. THE LIBRARY

Have you seen the movie Elf?

If you’re not familiar with it (or need a quick reminder), here’s a link to a clip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Eto6DU_2oI.

This moment in the movie makes me think “toddler.” Buddy, the enthusiastic, cheerful elf is trying to convince his new friend that anyone can sing whenever & wherever they want. He demonstrates by singing very loudly in the department store where he “works.”

“I’m singing! I’m in a store, and I’m singing!!! I’m in a store, and I’m singing!!!”

Well, our 2YO B has Buddy the Elf tendencies. “Shh… inside voice please,” we’ll request at church, stores, and the library… with practice, her inside voice is lasting longer and longer.

In DINOSAUR vs. THE LIBRARY, our familiar dinosaur friend has the same problem.

dino lib

Dinosaur is on a mission to roar his way to Story Time at the library. On his way, he meets some friends and shares his roars with them. A cow (who gives him some chocolate milk), some chipper baby chicks, a shy (turned not-so-shy) turtle, and an owl happily join Dinosaur on his trip to the library.

As he’s stomping along…

“Now dinosaur will roar where no one has roared before… the library!”

Of course, Dinosaur does it.

“ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!”

“No, Dinosaur! Use your inside roar!”

Dinosaur is challenged to keep his roar to an inside level, and (lucky for the library), he keeps it hushed. But then, it’s time for Story Time… *gasp*… and he’s just so excited… well, do you think he’ll be able to not roar?

Like a good little dino, he sits– happily roarless through the whole story.

I think I’ll be reminding B to be like Dinosaur next time we need to use our “inside roar.” 🙂

This picture book is geared towards little dinos ages 2-5.

DINOSAUR vs. THE LIBRARY
Bob Shea
Disney/Hyperion Books