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.)

Usborne Very First Words: Animals

The older B gets, the more fun it is to test her and see what she knows the names of (anything and everything really, and she recently surprised me with “ephalent.”) Like elephants, her love for animals is large– and she loves making the sounds they make. My favorite is her impression of a cat.

It goes something like this… *scrunched face* *deep breath*…

“R—e—aowww!” She looks really sad when she does it, but at the same time she couldn’t be cuter.

What’s your favorite toddler-made animal sound?

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Take a second and admire the animals on the front cover of Usborne Very First Words: Animals. How. CUTE. In this board book, your little one will learn the names of many animals, where they live (from the farm to the ocean and around the world,) and even some of the sounds they make. Sprinkled throughout the book are words describing a certain part of the adorable animals– like whiskers, shell, trunk or fin.

Kiddos will love naming (and perhaps pretending to be) all 65 cuddly looking animals and learning the difference between a flipper and a tail. 🙂

Get ready to practice your dolphin noise…

Usborne Very First Words: Animals
Design by Laura Hammonds/Illus. Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing

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

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs

When was the last time you went on a bug quest?

A few days ago, while out in the yard with Sunny during B’s nap, I found a ladybug. A pretty little red ladybug. I haven’t even thought about looking for/capturing anything other than a lightning bug for years. I scurried inside while carrying the crawling critter on my hand. While keeping an eye on it (so it didn’t turn into a fugitive,) I rummaged through the cupboard and created B’s first bug jar.

ZAP! Oh, the childhood memories. I was so excited to show her when she woke up from her nap!

What did she think? *crickets* However, she thought the jar was really cool. She’s a little young (I guess) to fully feel the thrill of trapping a live bug. With the flick of B’s wrist, Mrs. Ladybug was free.

I wouldn’t have even thought of looking for bugs if it wasn’t for Hello, World! Backyard Bugs.bugs

This bright, beautiful, and engaging book was written & illustrated by a woman who’s favorite color is rainbow. Just look at the cover. Don’t you instantly believe her claim? Every color is used, and somehow, the colors make you want to go outside and explore.

In this board book, your little one will learn quick facts about bees, dragonflies, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, ladybugs, ants, worms, and caterpillars that turn into butterflies! Your kiddo can practice wiggling like a worm (like they need practice,) tracing lines where dragonflies fly, and pointing out familiar objects they’ll find on each spread.

Did you know a cricket chirps by rubbing its wings together? Trust me– this book is just as much for you as it is for your little one. We can’t wait to get our hands on the others in the series!

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs
Jill McDonald
Doubleday