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.
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
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
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.
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!
Yesterday, B & I went for an adventure out to the farm to try to catch a ride in the tractor with “Pop” (my Dad) who was busy planting corn. When we got out of the car, I noticed two big, cuddly looking orange cats loafing in the sun.
Quietly, we tip-toed around the car (they’re not tame.) As they were approached by a friendly tot with open arms (“Hi tat! Hi!”) the cats shuffled through the grass and escaped right under the barn door. Rats! (Or, more appropriately, “Cats!”)
I love taking B to the farm now that she’s a little older. There are so many things to see!The farm in this board book has lots of animals for your little one to discover– a cow, a pig, a little chick, a pony, yellow ducklings, a goat (chewing on the laundry!), a happy dog, cats, a rooster, and an owl. Behind each flap, littles will find animals after hearing what they say– maybe it’s “mew-mew” or “cock-a-doodle-doo.”
Open the Barn Door… has long been a fave of B’s. How could it not be? With hiding animals under liftable flaps, soft, pretty colors, and lots of animal noises, I’ll bet the little ones in your life would love it, too.
Open the Barn Door…
Text Penguin Random House/Illus. Christopher Santoro
In her very first month, B was an expert at telling us when she was feeling something– when she was hungry, tired, or couldn’t stand one, more, second of being in that barely wet diaper.
Month by month babies get better at sharing their feelings. Happy giggles from watching someone act in a wild and silly living room production. Sad cries because someone they love momentarily left the room. Angry stomps from being told “No way,” after they had so much fun throwing toys across the room with all of their little-armed might.
There are so many emotions a baby can feel (ahem, just like adults!), and this lift-the-flap book is written and illustrated in the perfect way.
Reading this adorable book, your little one gets to learn how someone’s actions hint at how they’re feeling– whether it be happy, hungry, loved, sad, silly or sleepy.
The first spread opens to a baby wiggling and reaching up for the kitchen counter where her snack is waiting.
“Baby wants milk and crackers. How is baby feeling?” Lifting the flap reveals the baby is hungry. Now, she is happy as can be having a snack in her high chair. Keep in mind, this page has the power to create instant hunger in the tummy of your child if they are familiar with the words “milk,” “crackers,” or “hungry.”
Karen Katz has a bunch of baby books out there, and we can’t wait to get our hands on another.
How Does Baby Feel?
Little Simon/Simon & Schuster