Hello Knights!

Arms full of books, B (our freshly turned four year old,) managed to snag Hello Knights! out of the board book bin at our library last week.

“Here’s a knight book, Mommy. I think L would like this.”

She was absolutely right– he likes it and she got to read a book and laugh out loud. Oh, my heart!

Hello Knights! has it all– an attention-grabbing story, vivid illustrations, danger, opposites, comedy and… a live band?

It’s a normal day at the castle as the knights (boy knights AND girl knights,) get things started. They rush upstairs, downstairs, here and there getting us ready for the first laugh out loud moment of the story…

After they’re finished preparing the King and Queen for the day, the Knights start guarding the castle.

Suddenly, humongous dragons swarm toward them.

“Dragons BIG
Knights are small
Knights
stand
on the
castle
wall

KEEP OUT!
KEEP OUT!
WE’RE COMING IN!
Will a battle now begin?”

Your littles will be giggling once they see the knights’ choice of defense to stop the dragons’ invasion (ahem, waving the King’s underwear.)

Defenses down, the stunned dragons start “huff-puff laughing dragon-style,” and it’s clear that there is not going to be a battle today. A true happy ending– they all become friends and throw a wild castle party with live music, s’mores and dancing.

Who knew underwear could save the day?

Hello Knights! (2018)
Joan Holub (Illust. by Chris Dickason)
Little Simon

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

“Mommy, I’m hungry. I need a snack.”
“What would you like? How about some Goldfish crackers?”
“Yummy!”

*five minutes later*

(Empty bowl in hand,) “Mommy, I didn’t like those Goldfish.”
“…but you ate them all.”
“Yeah, but I didn’t like them, I think I need some applesauce.”
“Okay, but that’s it until supper.”

*two minutes later*

“Mommy, I didn’t like that applesauce.”
“…but it’s all gone.”
“Yeah, but I think I need a cookie… no, three cookies.”

Cue our dear, 50 year old friend, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The caterpillar popped out of his egg on a Sunday to start his search for food.

“On Monday he ate through one apple.
But he was still hungry.

On Tuesday he ate through two pears.
But he was still hungry.”


The story continues day by day until Saturday– when the caterpillar ate through too many things and ended up with a stomachache.

(Quick– check to see if your hungry one notices the caterpillar’s uncomfortable face– he ate a piece of cake, a piece of pie, a pickle, a cupcake and more!)

After his wild Saturday night, he learned his lesson. He spent Sunday eating through a nice, green leaf and felt much better. After all of that munching and growing, he built a “small house” around himself and transformed into a stunning butterfly.

After all these years, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is still a must-read.

A must-read every day because #snacksarelife.

Happy birthday, Caterpillar!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)
Eric Carle
Philomel Books

Ten Little Ladybugs

Looking for a book your little toddler and big kid can both enjoy?

Pick up Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth and take it home.

B (3.5 years) examines the details in the illustrations, inventing personalities for each creature she finds. She counts the ladybugs ten to one (and one to ten,) and listens deeply to the quick story and the beat of the rhyme.

L (14 months) sees it differently. He enjoys discovering the ladybugs on the pages that playfully poke through the holes on the opposite page. He soaks up the bright, glowing illustrations. Heck, he’s captivated long enough to finish the story before “the call of the older sibling” (and the fun she’s having) pulls him away.

“TEN little ladybugs sitting on a vine.
Along came a butterfly– then there were…

NINE little ladybugs skipping on gate.
Along came a caterpillar– then there were…”

(I have to admit– the first time I read this story to B I wasn’t paying much attention… and I thought the ladybugs were being eaten. *covers face*)

One by one, the ladybugs are taken back to their home by their friends. Ten Little Ladybugs has some staying power– little toddlers and big kids will enjoy it in their own special ways.

Ten Little Ladybugs (2000)
Melanie Gerth (Illus. Laura Huliska-Beith)
Piggy Toes Press (Bendon, Inc.)

My No, No, No Day!

We’ve been reading My No, No, No Day! to B every night for weeks. Weeks. It’s hard to mind it though, because with every storytime, B discovers something she missed before– which means we get a chance to talk about it.

“Why is she taking her shoes off on the sidewalk?”

“Hey, that’s just like us at the grocery store… but why does everyone look so mad?”

My No, No, No Day! begins when big sister Bella wakes up to find her cute baby brother Bob in her room and all over her jewelry.

She shouted at him to get out. Breakfast was a flop– she just couldn’t eat it.

She threw a fit at the grocery store becacuse she wanted out of the cart (been there, Bella’s mom,) and everyone around them stared (or glared.)

Play date? Awful.

Ballet class? Too itchy.

Bella just couldn’t be calm or happy about anything. Not even peas! Can you believe that? Who wouldn’t be cheerful about peas?

*slowly raises hand*

Mom never once lost her cool like Bella (go, Mom!) and after storytime, Bella realized how crummy the day was and apologized. Mom replied,

“We all have those days sometimes, but perhaps you will be more cheerful tomorrow!” What a good note to end a bad day on, huh?

I’m thankful for this book giving us all a few valuable lessons

  • Emotions happen
  • Tomorrow is a fresh start
  • Don’t embarrass your mother (Ha!)

You all just thought of a time when you embarrassed your mom (or she embarrassed you,) didn’t you?

A note to my own Mom– you’re thinking about me hanging upside down over the railing in my fancy lace dress, aren’t you? No, wait. You’re probably thinking about me and my pals being really annoying at softball games, right?

Those were good times!

Mom?

Weren’t they, Mom?

Bueller?

My No, No, No Day! (2012)
Rebecca Patterson
Viking

Little Blue Truck

L recently turned 1 (1?! *gulp*) He stopped chewing books (see previous post,) and has a lot more interest in stories and, um, sitting still. As a birthday gift, we finally brought Little Blue Truck home.

L loves this book and given his age… he mostly loves our attempts at making the animal greetings, truck sounds and our versions of a friendly beep. You’ll start to feel like that guy in Police Academy who is the king of sound effects. Remember that guy?

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve heard Little Blue Truck, too. This book is all over the place– and goodness, the publisher even has a FREE party kit for blue truck lovers to download online!
blue truck

The story begins by introducing the readers to the blue truck whose horn and engine make “the friendliest sounds you ever heard.” On his way (to wherever he’s going,) animals greet him and he takes a moment to greet each of them in return.

All of the sudden, a humongous yellow dump truck forces his way around Blue and his new animal friends– some of them look a little stunned and one (the duck,) looks terrified as he flies out of the way of the speeding dump truck. Close one!

Quickly, the Dump truck finds himself deep in a mud puddle and really stuck. He shouted for help but…

‘”Honk!” cried the Dump,
and he sounded scared,
but nobody heard
(or nobody cared).’

Blue rushed in to help push him out, but when he became stuck, too, he cried for help and allllll of his new animal friends ran to the scene. With their help, eventually, both trucks were on their way again. This adorable story teaches readers a few lessons– on being a friend, being helpful and being kind.

The sweet, blue truck was made for story time.

Little Blue Truck (2008)
Alice Schertle (Illus. Jill McElmurry)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Baby Peekaboo (Indestructibles)

Our son loves books.

More specifically, he loves to chew on books.

Aside from chewing on the bench in our hallway, books are his fave.

Bless you, Indestructibles, bless you.

Baby Peek

You might not be able to see it, but right on the front it says

“Chew Proof – Rip Proof – Nontoxic – 100% Washable”

Chewing baby parents JUMP FOR JOY!

Baby Peekaboo was created by Kate Merritt and her artwork is bright, bold, and sure to capture your little one’s attention. Maybe they’ll be so entranced in the pages and the game of peekaboo that they’ll forget their desire to chew, chew, chew.

Maybe.

Baby Peekaboo (2014)
Kate Merritt
Workman Publishing