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.)
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!
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.
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.) A 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.
Angela Diterlizzi/Illus. Brendan Wenzel
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!
Every week, the hunt is on for B’s favorite books, or her current “Book of the Week.” She has had a lot of them over her past (almost) 2 years, and sometimes, old favorites come back out to the living room floor. One of her faves (and mine) is a book that I remember so vividly from the library at my elementary school. 20+ years later, I could still probably tell you exactly where it was shelved.
“Mom! Itch itch boom boom!” Thankfully, she wasn’t talking about an itchy owie, but her book that has pizzazz.This board book ended up being the perfect addition to B’s Easter basket last year, when she was only 9ish months old. She loved it then as much as she loves it now.
The rebellious letter a and his lowercase gang (the rest of the alphabet), get a kick out of climbing the coconut tree, and once they’re all up there, their immense weight tips the tree over! As quick as a page turn, they all go boom into a jumbled, colorful pile. Injured, they all need to be helped by their uppercase family members.
The way the illustrator (Lois Ehlert), created this lively, brightly colored world for the alphabet to rule is brilliant, and the rhythm the authors came up with (kind of a “sing-chant”) is sure to keep your kiddo’s attention over and over again.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault/Illus. Lois Ehlert
This one captures B’s attention and holds on tight. With its bright white pages, repetition, and colorful flaps (that serve as a barrier between the wild zoo animal and the readers), it’s bound to keep your little ones engaged, too.
“I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet.
They sent me an…(flap) elephant.
He was too big! I sent him back.
So they sent me a… (flap) giraffe.
He was too tall! I sent him back.
So they sent me a…”
No animal was quite right… too fierce, too scary, too jumpy, etc. Finally, after sending animals to and fro, the zoo sent the patient kiddo a puppy. Of course, the puppy was perfect.
This classic board book was published in 1982 when…
- 867-5309 happened (and it’s still happening in my head on repeat since I thought about adding it to this post…)
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released
- Ralph S. Mouse was published (aw, Ralph!)
- The final episode of The Lawrence Welk Show aired– to the disappointment of unborn me. B loves to watch it on PBS on Saturday nights… the music, the dancing, the costumes! Okay, I love to watch it on PBS on Saturday nights.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
B has been a big fan of bedtime music since she moved into her crib. Her music machine plays a selection of soft, calming lullabies and now, more often than not, she sings along with her own toddler words…loudly.
(Husband & I are currently questioning how much longer she will “need” her music…)
Cue Sleepyheads, a calming bedtime book with soft, dark colors to help put your little singer in the mood for sleep.
In this peaceful, rhyming board book, your little one gets to peek at nine animals asleep in their own special place. A bird in her nest, a bear cozy in his cave, and, near the sleeping cat, the family dog prefers a comfy rug beside the fireplace. While gently reading Sleepyheads to your special sleepyhead, you can almost feel the quiet. Hopefully, your little one won’t be able to resist settling down.
Fingers crossed for you, friend.
Sandra J. Howatt/Illus. Joyce Wan
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