Bunny’s Book Club

Our four year old B loves to “change the game” if you will. If our plan doesn’t really work for her, she will come up with a Plan B (or even a Plan C.)

I’ll be honest, she’s getting good at occasionally reframing our definite rules/ideas. We’ll find ourselves seeing things her way and you know what?

The girl usually has a darn good point.

Miss “Let’s Make a Deal” became an insta-fan of Bunny. It’s only natural she became a fan of a character with a gift for finding another way.

In Bunny’s Book Club, a clever, book loving Bunny is desperate to read more books. He fell in love with books during outdoor story time over the summer, and now that it’s inside… well, what’s a Bunny to do?

You guessed it– find another way to get his fill of books.

In the middle of the night, he scaled a wall (and about 7 other places.) He jiggled the locked library door. He peeked in the windows and finally discovered the book return. BINGO!

Inside the library, Bunny was thrilled– it was “better than a field full of fresh, crunchy carrots!” He took all of the books he could carry and went home. Eventually, his friends come knocking because he’d been MIA (loving life in his piles of borrowed books.)

They were intrigued.

They all snuck in.

They all got busted by the librarian– they all felt doomed– and they all… got library cards!

This story and its beautiful, expressive illustrations will effortlessly pull kids in– and you’ll all be left wanting more of Bunny and his Book Club.

Bunny’s Book Club (2017)
Annie Silvestro (Illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss)
Doubleday


Wanting more from Bunny? You don’t have to wait! New this summer– Bunny’s Book Club Goes To School.

Little Excavator

Littles love to be helpers. When you’re doing some work around your house, they might just want to be all in. We built a second garden this spring and we had lots of “all in” toddler (and preschooler!) moments.

They’ll want to use power tools (and are sad when they can’t.)

They’ll want to move materials that are more than twice their size (and are frustrated when they can’t.)

There are plenty of jobs they can do, however, so pay attention for when it’s okay to say, “YES! You can do that!”

In come the machines (a Bulldozer, Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe, Crane and Little Excavator,) to build a park in their town. Everyone starts work on their own specific job, except for the Little Excavator. He can’t figure out what he should be doing. He tries to help the Loader, but

“Little E tries lifting up some junk
junk
junk!

But there goes Little Excavator–
over with a clunk!”

He tips, he flips, he gets in the way. By the end of the day, Little E is feeling pretty low.

Your littles will be rooting for Little E, wondering if he gets his big moment.

He does (and you’ll interrupt the story to shout, “Yay!”)

Little Excavator came in handy this spring. Our little helpers could remember Little E and that everyone has a job that fits them just right.

Little Excavator (2017)
The Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust
Viking

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