Today’s #boardbook feels perfect for a snow day: Pigs in a Blanket by Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo, via @raincoastbooks. This charming book of rhyme features “blanket flaps” little hands can open to help three pigs start their day. A lively day of fun and silly antics makes for a fun read-aloud with busy illustrations chalk-full of things to spot!
Bonus blog call-out: these pigs do everything together regardless of gender and it’s so nice to see activities like tu-tu wearing ballet normalized for everyone!
A book requested on repeat at our house. Recommended 2.5+up.
Today’s picture book is Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum and Deidre Gill via @raincoastbooks a rhyming story about the power and majesty of trains. Filled with two page oil paintings this book is a wonderful read aloud.
For smalls soothed by rhyming text this is a gorgeous bedtime book. For inquisitive smalls who love trains and mechanics, this book features three kinds of trains with an information page filled with terminology at the back. Changes in weather, time of day and scenery allow for lots of “things to spot” in this detailed book and descriptive language teaches new “sound” words as well.
Recommended for smalls 2.5 and up this is a lovely gift book for train lovers and rhyme lovers alike.
Today’s #picturebook is Sir Lilypad, A Tall Tale of a Small Frog by Anna Kemp and Sarah Ogilvie via @simonschusterca. It’s the sequel to one of our FAVOURITE books: The Worst Princess (though you don’t need the first to enjoy the second).
This rhyming, whimsical, fairy tale adventure is a delight to hear & see, filled with endless chances for dramatics as it’s read aloud to smalls. This tale features a tiny frog with enormous aspirations: he wants to be a heroic knight, fighting for goodness and justice! When he reads the story of the frog prince he goes on a hunt to find a princess in distress he may rescue in exchange for that magical kiss. Hilary and hijinks ensue and Sir Lilypad learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
Rhyme transcends age. My 2.5 year old will listen to this one again and again thanks to the smooth read punctuated with loud declarations and, of course, acting out the sword play!
This is best enjoyed by smalls 3+up but don’t be afraid to introduce rhyme early - especially if your have a busy small who doesn’t like to keep still. Rhyme can be magical.
Next up on the blogs #babyshowerseason recommendations: Sandra Boynton! This author’s whimsical, rhyming tales are classics and resonate with all smalls (even my busy small who stopped for no rhymes until The Going To Bed Book!)
There are loads to choose from by this talented author (via Little Simon) and many are also songs. These are the books you will read until you know them by heart. The rhymes are adorable and rife with opportunities for dramatics and sound effects making them a pleasure to read again and again. I always include one of THESE in my baby shower gifts too!
Today’s board book is I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & illustrated by Alison Brown via @raincoastbooks a gorgeous, rhyming story from parent to child with rich illustrations and colour palette.
I’m highlighting great baby shower gift books this April because it is baby shower season in retail (my old life) and because buying a gift for a new baby is a truly special occasion. The choice of a book is often as much for the parent as for their little one someday in the future. If your friend or family member has been waiting for a little one, if you know they are embracing every magic, love-filled lead up to their birth, this is one of the titles I recommend adding to your gift.
A gentle tour of the special bond between parent and child this book is one long, lovely hug in words and pictures.
Recommended newborn + up.
Today’s book is my all time favourite. Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure by Bill Peet. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I found it in a school library as a child and I’ve been laughing ever since. I can still recite the first page (and several others) by heart.
This is an older title, you probably won’t find it in stores but if you trust me, it is worth ordering online.
Bill Peet has a library of treasures under his belt and was one of the first disney animators back in the days of Bambi and Snow White. His gift of rhyme and illustration belongs on every book shelf.
Hubert the lion is haughty and vain and pushed to desperate measures after losing his hair. The only cure is crocodile tears leading to one of the greatest character villains I’ve ever enjoyed. And how many stories do you know of where the villain laughs so hard at the hero’s predicament that he provides the solution? Not enough I say.
Recommended 5+ up (though I’ve given this at baby showers for future enjoyment) and really for all ages if you enjoy rhyme, sarcasm, pithy characters and a fantastic punchline. Of course you do.
Peck Peck Peck by the wonderful Lucy Cousins (of Maisy fame) is a long time favourite of mine. A simple, witty, rhyming storybook about a father woodpecker teaching his child to peck holes. Readers will love the increasingly funny holes punched throughout the pages and the varying text size leaves lots of room for creative read aloud.
Recommended for ages 3+
Published by the lovely Candlewick Press (via @randomhouseca).
Woodpecker doorknocker from the lovely Wild Birds Unlimited (http://www.wbu.com/)