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.)

FIVE Little MONKEYS jumping on the bed

B has a new favorite. It’s the every-single-night-til-forever book.

She has it memorized, and when she reads it to us at bedtime, it makes me want to squeeze her and never let go because I’m so proud. She looks so grown reading (the pictures) in her book.

But… I could do without reading it every. single. night. Just being honest here, folks. 

Chances are, you know this story, so I’ll keep it short. The little monkeys, of course, are stinkers who just won’t quit jumping on the bed until there are none left to jump (due to falling off the bed and bonking their heads.)

While you’re reading this to your little pal, they can practice counting and they’ll quickly notice that every phrase is matched to its own illustration.See? Isn’t that great?

Do your smartie a favor and bring this book home for them– and you’ll see how proud they are when they memorize it and can “read” it, too.

Oh, and then go ahead and squeeze them and never let go, because they’re suddenly growing up much, much faster.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (1989)
Eileen Christelow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co.

Very First 1 * 2 * 3

That moment when your baby aggressively points to something… and you have no idea what they’re trying to get you to notice…

*Umm…* “Wow! That’s neat!”

Very First 1 * 2 * 3  will help you give your baby (toddlers, too!) a boost when it comes to putting words to things that are around them. As you can guess from the title, they’ll also get their first colorful lesson on counting.
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In Very First 1 * 2 * 3, each spread has a new subject to count in a scene full of things to find and name. Your brilliant babe will be able to count one cozy house, two zooming cars, three fishing boats, four cuddly kittens (playing with 4 balls of yarn), and 5 balloons floating over a grassy meadow (where you’ll notice a few other things in groups of 5). On the last page, the items are lined up neatly next to their appropriate number for you to give that cutie their very first quiz. (Hey, maybe they’ll learn to love pop quizzes?)

With its colorful, adorable illustrations, you can count on looking at this one over and over again.

Very First 1 * 2 * 3
Design by Laura Hammonds/Illus. Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing