Baby’s Books of the Week: Lions Roar and Giraffes Stretch


My baby just turned two earlier this week, so she’s not really a baby anymore, but she does still enjoy books. She was really into the board books Lions Roar and Giraffes Stretch last week. We had to read them over, and over, and over, and over.

giraffeslionsEach book is incredibly short at only 14 pages, but the large, colorful photographs of real animals were impressive. There is very little text on the pages. For instance, one layout read, “Slurp, Slurp. Giraffes bend down for water.” Not much plot going on in these stories!

Even so, my daughter and I enjoyed stretching and bending and sticking out our tongues like giraffes, and roaring like lions. We counted how many giraffes were on the page and my daughter liked pointing out the daddy and mommy lions. For being such short, simplistic books, they provided plenty of interaction. We look forward to finding more books from this series at our local libraries.

These books can be found on Amazon, as well as the Amicus publishing website at

  • Giraffes Stretch by Rebecca Glaser ISBN: 9781681520698
  • Lions Roar by Rebecca Glaser ISBN: 9781681520711

Honorable Mention:

  • Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthallittlehoot

This humorous board book features a little owl who is tired and wants to go to bed, but his parents make him stay up late because that is what owls do! He needs to practice his pondering and gazing left and right. His dad even tells him, “I don’t give a hoot what time your friends go to bed. In this house, we stay up late.” Little Hoot keeps himself awake by jumping on his bed, skateboarding, and building a fort – but he doesn’t enjoy it at all. His parents try to keep him up later by offering him another bedtime story and a glass of water, but Little Hoot is not interested! He falls right to sleep. The artwork, mainly featuring brown and green tones, is cute and goes very well with the text.

I think I enjoyed this book more than my daughter. It was funny to me that the kid wanted to go to bed but the parents were forcing him to stay awake. Since our household is always up late (and all because our darling child can play forever), this was just the chuckle I needed.


Baby’s Book of the Week: My Big Animal Book


This week, Baby has been busy reading My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy. This book doesn’t have a story. Or very many pages. But it does have a lot of animal pictures!

imageEach spread of this large, sturdy book (12″x12″) has a title like Baby Animals, Pets, On the Farm, Birds, and At the Zoo, then showcases animal photographs. Each animal is set against a bright, colorful background, and has its name listed below it.

The sturdiness of this book is great, as my one year old isn’t very careful with paper pages yet. She loves to flip through the pages and do the animal noises that she knows. Strangely enough, she likes to give the parrot a kiss – even though the pages full of birds kind of creep me out! You could use this book to teach new animals and animal noises, or have your child point out different animals or colors.

This Week’s Honorable Mention:

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Flemingimage

The Goodreads book blurb states, “If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see? Beginning as the sun is high in the sky and ending as fireflies blink and the moon rises above, this backyard tour is one no child will want to miss.” The rhyming phrases are short (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) and the illustrations are colorful. They remind me a bit of Eric Carle’s style. My baby keeps bringing me this book to read, even though she doesn’t sit down long enough to get through the entire book. She must just like the sound of this one.

Reading Reflections


I may be reading less than before baby arrived, but I’m glad I can still find time to read (what else would I do during a 4am feeding?!). Thanks to my Kindle Fire, I’m able to keep reading. Have I mentioned how much I love my Kindle Fire? Baby occupies one arm while eating, so I can hold my Kindle in the opposite hand. It’s so much easier to scroll rather than having to hold a printed book and turn pages one-handed. My husband bought me a hardcover book for Valentine’s Day- thoughtful- but I haven’t figured out how I’m going to hold the book and baby at the same time! Instead, I’ve been devouring Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels lately.

Back in January, I set a much more reasonable goal for my 2015 Goodreads challenge. I read 50 books last year, and I know there’s no way I can do that this year (unless I count all the little board books and children’s books I read with my sweet baby – but that seems like cheating!). My goal is to read 30 books. We’ll see how that goes! So far, I’m on track, and completing those Outlander books is no small feat.

What I’m Currently Reading:
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #4)

  • I really loved the previous novel in the Outlander series, Voyager, but this one feels a little slower to me. I’m hoping the action and intrigue will pick up soon. The characters in these novels are so wonderfully formed. I love the historical fiction mixed with tastefully-written time travel. I was skeptical when I finally decided to start reading Outlander, but I love the saga of Claire and Jamie and I look forward to reading the entire eight book series.

What Baby is Currently Reading:
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, Illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees

  • We love the sing-song rhythm of Giraffes Can’t Dance and the adorable story about a gawky giraffe named Gerald. Poor Gerald gets laughed at by the other jungle animals because of his inability to dance. A cricket gives him the advice “Sometimes when you’re different you just need a different song.” Gerald finds that he can dance in his own way. The illustrations are colorful and lively. We read this book just about every day!

What are you reading right now? Has anyone else read the Outlander novels? What did you think of them?