Hippos Go Berserk!

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.)hippos

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!
Sandra Boynton
Little Simon

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

Very First Book of Things to Spot

If you have a baby or toddler or know someone who does, sometimes you (or that someone you know,) will be in need of a distraction for that not-so-patient little sweetie.

The Very First Book of Things to Spot has saved us on long road trips. It has also saved us at restaurants when our food has taken a smidge longer than it normally would. Hey, we all get “hangry” sometimes. How would you feel if your applesauce pouch was gone, your baby chair was restricting and the crayons just weren’t cutting it?

Just like our well-loved board book Let’s Count, this giant board book is a keeper. It might even have the power to save the day. usborne things to spot

I remember when I pulled this book out of the box, B was immediately drawn to it because it was much bigger than the rest of her board books. She took to the floor with her brand new book (you know, because she was too little to hold it like a newspaper,) and the discovering began.

The more they know Very First Book of Things to Spot, the more they’ll spot on its adorably illustrated, fun-filled 28 pages. Bright red cars (one missing wheels) zoom across the first page. Your growing tot will be challenged to find two squirrels, a tractor, and a house with a blue roof. They’ll see a colony of penguins doing different things (one is knitting sweaters and scarves.) Through the rest of the book, there will be frogs, turtles, monkeys, bears, robots and birds– and on each page, questions leading you and your curious cuties to find new things.

I’ll admit– I’m still seeing new things every time we look at this book together. I’ll also note that I don’t wear my reading glasses 100% of the time.

Very First Book of Things to Spot
Fiona Watt/Erica Harrison/Illus. Stephen Barker
Usborne Publishing

Splish, Splash, Baby!

meme shark tub

I saw this meme going around on social media a few weeks ago. I laughed out loud when I saw it. Really, I did! For months now, once B is washed up and we’re done with her bath (so we think,) once again, we’re participants in an episode of B’s Splash Zone.

Littles love to splash.splish splash

This splash-time-bath-time board book starts off with a big page-sized flap for your little cutie to lift– behind it, they will discover a baby in the tub. Behind other flaps, they’ll find rubber duckies, a sea worthy tugboat, a friendly frog sponge, a squirty blue whale, and at the end, Mommy– who is is either playing peek-a-boo behind baby’s towel, or using it as a shield (that’s what it’s for in our house, anyway.)

The excitement of lifting the giant bath time themed flaps and the joyful illustrations will have your kiddo wanting more, more, more of this book.

Splish, Splash, Baby!
Karen Katz
Little Simon

Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed

Friends B needed in her crib these past few weeks: Duck, Duck 2, Elephant, my old bear named Bear, her Bear, and a Bunny. Oh, and a blankie, her pillow, and her quilt. Needless to say, she was in tight quarters filled with some excellent company.

When she moved to her big girl room last year, we left the extra twin bed in there. We’ve napped on it a couple of times when she was sick, and she’s jumped on there many times to escape a diaper change. (Because who has the time to lay down for 30 seconds to get new pants?)

We went to the library last week and picked up The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed. Since she’s nearing the old age of 2, we’ve been trying to figure out how to make the whole transition easy on her (and us!)

Fast forward to yesterday (before we even read the book…)

B jumped on the twin bed before her nap and pretended to sleep and “snore.” I pulled the sheets back and joked, “What, do you want to sleep in here today?”

She said, “Yeah.” And she did.

I was left peering through her doorway in awe. “What just happened? Isn’t this supposed to be hard? Is she actually sleeping? Is she tricking me?”

Same story last night! What a big girl! We’re thrilled (and still a bit confused), and we love that she loves the big bed. Imagine having bars and stuffed animals all around you for weeks, and then, suddenly, you can move. Sweet toddler freedom! And for us, no more lifting 30+ lb kiddo over the side of the crib! B won’t be whipping her leg over the side of the crib in an effort to help one of us lift her! Safety! Woot!

When we sat down to read our library book yesterday, I couldn’t help but laugh.my new bedLittle Bear starts out telling his (rhyming) story about how his crib was more than enough– it kept him safe, he could stand, throw his teddy bear and his Mom would come in. He was happy in his crib! Little Bear begins to realize that he’s much bigger, and that his “…crib’s no longer big enough for me and all my toys and stuff.” Little Bear must be B’s spirit animal/book character. Eventually, he noticed a “grand new, brand-new bed,” just for him. Suddenly, he looked smaller & older at the same time. Just like B.

To caretakers of bed transitioning toddlers everywhere… B only looked at the cover of this book before deciding she wanted the big bed, so I’m 90% convinced this book is magic. 😉

The Berenstain Baby Bears My New Bed
The Berenstains
Random House