Dear Zoo

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
Rod Campbell
Little Simon

Sleepyheads

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.

“LAA-BA-BA-DA!”

(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.

Sleepyheads
Sandra J. Howatt/Illus. Joyce Wan
Little Simon

How Does Baby Feel?

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.

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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?
Karen Katz
Little Simon/Simon & Schuster