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: I Like it When…/Me gusta cuando…


The last three nights, my baby has been obsessed with Mary Murphy’s bilingual book I Like it When…/Me gusta cuando… My husband was born and raised in Mexico, so it’s very important to us that our daughter learns Spanish. We have several books that are in Spanish or have both English and Spanish translations. We like this book because Mommy can read the English parts and then Daddy reads the Spanish parts. I Like it When… had been part of Baby’s bedtime routine for a long time, but there is a renewed interest in it this week. As soon as I read the last page, Baby says, “ma ma,” short for “mas” (which means “more” in Spanish). I’m not even exaggerating when I say I read it eight times in a row last night! Baby giggled each time I started reading the first page again – which, of course, makes it all worthwhile.

imageI Like it When…/Me gusta cuando… is a board book featuring illustrations of a big and little penguin. The illustrations are lively and bold – only the colors red, blue, green, yellow, black, and white are used. The little penguin lists things he or she likes doing throughout the day with the big penguin. These are things like dancing together, reading stories, eating new foods, holding hands, and saying good night. Since this is the bilingual version, each page is translated into Spanish as well. “I like it when we play peekaboo. Boo! Me gusta cuando jugamos al escondite. Bu!” It’s a simple book, but an instant favorite.

Other Spanish/bilingual Books Baby Loves:

  • Opuestos and Buenas Noches a Todos by Sandra Boynton. These translations of Opposites and The Going to Bed Book are must-haves at our house.
  • I Love My Daddy Because/Quiero a mi papa Porque by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, illustrated by Ashley Wolff. This book features great illustrations of baby animals interacting with their daddies in the wild. image

Baby’s Book of the Week: Dr. Seuss’s ABC

babysbookoftheweekDuring our most recent trip to the library, Baby thought it would spice things up to walk down the aisles and pull books from the shelves at random! This kept me on my toes, but also introduced us to some cute books we might not have noticed otherwise. We read Where Do Balloons Go? by author and actor Jamie Lee Curtis and Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants – which is just such a great title! At home, Baby has been really into Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. I have to read it over and over, and it is a bit of a tongue twister, let me tell you.

imageLike all Dr. Seuss books, the ABC book has great rhythm, rhyme, and (most importantly for an alphabet book) alliteration. “Big A. Little a. What begins with A? Aunt Annie’s alligator. A….a…..A.” Each letter of the alphabet has several examples of words beginning with that letter. Some are normal; for example, the letter B is for barber, baby, bubbles, and a bumblebee. However, some are silly or even made up. For instance, the letter Z is for the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. The illustrations are classically Seuss, with simple pops of color. This is a book both parents and children can enjoy.

This Week’s Honorable Mention:
The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watsonimage

This is a Little Golden Book, originally published in 1952. As the title suggests, it tells the story of Jesus’s birth. My daughter received this book as a gift from her great-grandmother. The first day she got it, Baby carried it around the house for hours. People tried to read it to her, but she wouldn’t have any of that! Weeks later, I still haven’t been able to read more than the first few pages to her. She just likes to carry it around. Sometimes she will sit and flip through the pages on her own. This is okay. I know she’ll read it some day. I’m sure we will pull it out every Christmas. For now, I’m glad to see that she isn’t trying to eat the book or rip the pages. She’s learning to treat books nicely, and that’s an important skill, too.

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.

Baby’s Book of the Week: Moo, Baa, La La La!


Sandra Boynton’s board books are a must have for babies and toddlers (seriously, if you’re ever not sure what to get for a baby shower gift, pick up a few Boynton books and you can’t go wrong). Boynton’s books feature cute illustrated animals and silly, sing-song stories. We own several of her board books and are always on the hunt for more when we are at the library. Besides Moo, Baa, La La La, we also love Barnyard Dance, The Going to Bed Book, Opuestos (Spanish translation of Opposites), Snuggle Puppy, and Fifteen Animals.

imageMoo, Baa, La La La! is appropriately titled, as it begins, “A cow says MOO. A sheep says BAA. Three singing pigs say La La La!” The author amends that pigs say oink, and then continues by explaining more animal noises. The final page asks, “It’s quiet now. What do you say?”

Baby is so smart and already knows a few of the animal noises, so I love pausing as I read the book to see if she can fill in the right sound. I’m sure this will be one of the first books she’ll be able to read on her own. I know I’ve already got it memorized (along with most of Boynton’s other books – they’re so catchy!). If you’ve got a little one and you haven’t read any Boynton books yet, get yourself to the library immediately!

This Week’s Honorable Mention:

  • Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlertimage

Here’s another book that I’ve got memorized! Baby loves to hear this one over and over again. In case you’re unfamiliar with this story, the letters of the alphabet climb up a coconut tree…and then BOOM! BOOM! – they all tumble out of the tree. In the board book version, this is where the story ends. If you get the picture book version (titled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), the alphabet letters encounter more mayhem around the coconut tree. The pictures in the book are bright and colorful: orange, pink, green; the book is happy and joyful. I think your little one will love this one just as much as mine does.


Baby’s Book of the Week: Corduroy


This week, Baby has been interested in a book that is almost fifty years old! Lately, we’ve been reading Don Freeman’s classic picture book, Corduroy, as part of our bedtime routine. Baby even sounds like she’s trying to say “Corduroy” when she hands me the book!

cord_cover_lastpageIn this story, Corduroy is a small bear who lives in a large department store. He waits day after day for a busy shopper to take him home. When he gets passed by because one of the buttons on his green overalls is missing, Corduroy ventures off to find his button. He goes on an adventure. At night, the department store feels like a palace. Corduroy doesn’t find his button that night, but he does find a home at the end of the story.

This book is timeless and sweet. Even though Baby keeps handing me the book to read, I think I might enjoy it more than she does! I get a little choked up when I read the last page. The pictures are colorful, and it’s fun to imagine exploring a large store at night. This is clearly a book that has appealed to generations of readers, and I think it will continue to amuse readers for generations to come.

This Week’s Honorable Mention:

  • Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire putmeinthezoo

“I will go into the zoo. I want to see it. Yes, I do,” starts Lopshire’s Put Me in the Zoo. This easy reader with simple rhyming phrases is another classic children’s book we’ve been reading a lot lately. The story starts with a funny polka-dotted creature who decides that living in the zoo would be a pretty cushy life. When he gets tossed out by the zookeepers, he asks a boy and a girl, “Why would they put me out this way?” They ask him, “What good are you? What can you do?” He then proceeds to show them all of his neat tricks, from turning his spots different colors, to throwing his spots up in the air. At the end of the book, he finds out that the zoo is not the place for him; instead, the circus is the place where he really belongs.

Baby’s Book of the Week: Good Night, Gorilla


What’s the best book we got from the library this week? One we already own at home! Baby loves the board book Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, and we found a great big board book version of it at the library. For some reason, this big version is even more fun with its bright, jewel tone colors and easy to turn pages.

goodnightgorillaGood Night, Gorilla follows a zookeeper as he checks in with each animal before heading home for the night. But what he doesn’t realize is that the sneaky gorilla has stolen his keys, let himself out of his cage, and freed all the other animals from their cages! The animals quietly follow the zookeeper out of the zoo and into his house. Everyone snuggles in for the night – until the zookeeper’s wife notices the gorilla sharing her bed!

The book drives some of my relatives crazy because there are hardly any words in the story. They aren’t quite sure how to read it. But Baby loves to read this book over and over and over and over. She gets it! She even laughs at just the right parts!

This Week’s Honorable Mention:

  • Where is Baby’s Pumpkin by Karen Katzwhereisbabyspumpkin

This Halloween book stays in our book basket year round, as Baby loves to lift the flaps. We actually have three copies of this book now! (Which is not a bad thing, since a few of the paper flaps have gotten a bit loved!) The story asks readers to search for Baby’s special pumpkin so she can go trick or treating. “Is it under the leaves?” or “Is it in the closet?” – you’ll have to read the book to find out!