A Pile of Leaves

in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art

by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin

 

A Pile of Leaves is such a cool concept in a picture book. It’s completely wordless with see through pages. As you flip the pages it’s like you are digging through the leaf pile. Most of the art in the books are the fall colors of red – orange – and yellows with some green thrown in for good measure. They also include fallen acorns as well as other surprises throughout the pile. I think it’s fun that they create a realistic leaf pile. Sometimes while flipping through A Pile of Leaves you come across a line of ants, or a grasshopper. While other times you come across a lost forgotten mitten, a key and a worm. Want to know what makes this book even cooler? As you flip through the book and move the see through pages your are recreating a new leaf pile on the left side as you take apart the leaf pile on the right side. The author’s include an answer key of sorts labeling all the different leaves as well as non leaf items included in this fun – colorful and artistic book.  This book would be great from infant through preschool. A perfect addition to a sensory table created just for the A Pile of Leaves book including all the items that were in the book as well.

About the Book: Readers explore the concept of layering and collage with this interactive exercise in composition. Each clear acetate page features a single element in the leaf pile, though some are not leaves at all! As readers turn the pages, the leaf pile is deconstructed piece by piece on the right side, and reconstructed on the left. Younger readers will enjoy the seek-and-find aspect of the hidden objects, while older readers might experiment by adding their own images between the pages. A key at the back provides the names of each kind of leaf shown. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.

Thank you so much Phaidon Press for sending me a copy of A Pile of Leaves. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Baby Code!

Girls Who Code: Baby Code! series

by Sandra Horning

illustrated by Melissa Crowton

 

There are 4 books in the series: Play, Music, Art and Baby Code. They are board books so sturdy enough for infants and young toddlers to have. The pictures are simple, bold and colorful. The sentences are simple 1 sentence per page. My husband who is a coder really thought the idea was cool and wished they had been around when our bookworms were little so he could have read these instead of the tongue twisting books they loved. 🙂 For me I liked the regular story parts but really think the code part was more for parents, especially parents that work in coding and programming. The coding part explains what is happening on the page and how it is used in every day living and activities. I found it interesting but not sure if I’d read that part if it was reading the book aloud. The Baby Code book explains coding a bit better. Some examples: Baby needs a nap, code tells computer to go to sleep. Overall I think it’s a cute board book series but the coding part in my mind is way over the babies, toddler and preschool bookworms heads. Maybe it’s just me my husband starts to explain something from work and I’m lost. I get science and math but coding always trips me up. I think these would be a great gift for a new baby who’s mom, dad or both are programmers. They would really love the series.

About the series: It’s never too early to get little ones interested in computer coding with this unique series of board books!

How do you explain coding in art to a baby? By showing how it’s all around them, and how they can take part in it, of course! By using items in a baby’s world, like a camera or a block made from a 3D printer, this charming board book full of bright, colorful illustrations is the perfect introduction to coding in art for babies and their caregivers–and is sure to leave them wanting to learn more!

Thank you Penguin Random House for sending the Baby Code! series. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.

Fruits in Suits and more…

written and illustrated by Jared Chapman

I got sent the cutest, funniest little picture books recently that will not only have your little ones laughing but you also. These might even be a fun way to get your kids to possibly (fingers crossed ) try some new fruits and vegetables. Even if that doesn’t happen I know my 2 were very stuck with the few fruits and veggies they liked when they were younger. These books are cute and sure to become favorites for read aloud.

Fruits in Suits  { Available April 11, 2017 }

These cute little book takes all those yummy fruits to the pool! They need all kinds of suits so they can beat the summer heat doing summer water sports. These fruits are enjoying swimming, sunbathing, surfing and scuba diving. This book as well as Vegetables in Underwear is just full of laugh out loud fun! The illustrations in both are simple and brought bold colors. This book would be perfect for infants through early elementary listeners and beginning readers.

 

 

Have you ever seen a banana in a bikini? Or a tangerine in trunks? What about grapes in goggles? In this uproarious follow-up to Vegetables in Underwear, kids will learn that there are many kinds of suits—including suits for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and scuba diving. But can you wear a business suit to the beach? Fruits in Suits has the same irreverent silliness as Vegetables in Underwear and shows just how much fun swimsuits can be—and how important it is to hold on to them when you jump into the water!

 

Vegetables in Underwear { board book available April 4, 2017 }

This one would be a perfect potty training book. No it doesn’t talk about potty training but it is all about how important underwear is and I think this might just be a way to get them willing to try it. I really liked this one and think it was funny. Fruits in Suits was a favorite of the 2 but they were both really cute. The bold bright colorful illustrations will appeal to infants as well as toddlers and preschoolers.  While this is already a picture book the board book version of Vegetables in Underwear is coming out in April.

 

 

A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties—big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny—demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!

Thank you so much ABRAMS Appleseed for sending me copies of Fruits in Suits and Vegetables in Underwear. We enjoyed them and laughed so hard while reading them. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.

Very Hungry Caterpiller

by Eric Carle

Click HERE to enter giveaway for one of 5 copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar eats on successive days.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC : Children can learn their ABCs with the Very Hungry Caterpillar and animal friends.

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar : The very hungry caterpillar displays its love for the reader as the cherry on a cake, the apple of an eye, and the bee’s knees.

Eric Carle How Things Grow : An acorn becomes an oak tree, a tadpole becomes a frog, and a very hungry caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Today is not only the first day of Spring but it is also The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! 🙂 My girls loved this book growing up and while we have long past the stage of this book it still remains a favorite childhood book and we created many memories while reading it.

3 of our favorite activities when they were little:

2 B’s make a Butterfly: A simple craft where you cut out 2 upper case B’s and glue the solid line of the B’s together and decorate them to creat a butterfly. You could also do this with just 1 and have it look like the butterfly was flying.

Butterfly Sensory Tub: Orzo Pasta, Rotini or Pipette, Shells and Bow tie pasta, paint or food coloring and a tub to hold it all. The Orzo is the egg – Rotini or Pipette is the caterpillar – Shells are the chrysalis and Bowtie is the butterfly.

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Butterfly Garden: Research online what flowers – caterpillars  and butterflies are native to your area and make a list and go your nursery and create a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens also attract hummingbirds and Bees!  PLEASE make sure to use plants that are not treated with chemicals that are killing off the honeybees. I know that means it making an extra trip but what isn’t good for the bee’s surely can’t be good for hummingbirds and butterflies too.

I hope you have fun with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar today and any day. Looking for more ideas and inspiration hop on over to the following blogs that are participating in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

CityBlock

casebound board book

By Christopher Franceschelli

Illustrator Peskimo
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This chunky board book is a big book for little ones, coming in at 96 pages. You can read this book all at once or in sections since it is divided into 3 topics: things that go, things to see, and things to eat. This book really does a great job at featuring city life and what I’d think NYC life would be like. Cityblock features 24 different aspects of living in the city. Each section starts off in the big city and slowly goes to a neighborhood with in the city. This big chunky board book will be appealing to both boys and girls alike and span from toddlers to preschool  and beginning readers. The little listeners will love the 96 pages making it more like a big kid book that so many little ones want to read especially if they have older siblings.  Cityblock along with some fun cars, taxi, bus toys and a car mat would make a great gift for a classroom teacher, or child for his or her birthday or upcoming holiday season.
summary: Cityblock explores city life in an exciting and unique way, from up in a high-rise building to down in the subway.  This clever book will attract young readers living in a metropolis as well as those in the countryside with urban life that pops off each page.
thank you so much Abrams Books for sending me CITYBLOCK for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Black Cat & White Cat {spotlight post}

by: Claire Garralon

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Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon

 

Black Cat & White Cat is an appealing black-and-white board book about friendship from French author Claire Garralon.

Black Cat and White Cat want to be friends, but in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing? In the face of adversity, friendship prevails, and Black Cat and White Cat set off to find a place where they can play happily together.

 The high-contrast words and shapes are perfect for the youngest eyes, and the fun story will keep children engaged.

Black Cat White Cat back cover

Holiday Jingles book bundle

by Christianne C. Jones

illustrated by Emma Randall

The Holiday Jingles board books are super cute, fun and interactive. They are mainly for the young listeners from toddler to preschool but really I think Kindergarten aged kids would have fun with these books also. Board books also make great beginning reader books since the sentence’s are short and the words are usually easy words and not difficult to read.

holiday jingles collage

I found these 4 adorable books through my local library. So hop on over to your online library catalog and see if your’s has them. If so put them on hold and have a fun time dancing your way through story time. If your library doesn’t have them you might want to buy these books they are just that cute and ones I can see kids loving and wanting to listen to and read for years to come. They are priced at $5.99 each which makes it affordable to pick up a book here and there or all at once depending. These would also make a great gift for young kids this holiday season.

The Santa Shimmy

The Santa Shimmy

Interactive board book, with rhyming text has the reader and listener do the

Santa shimmy and shake.

The Reindeer Dance

The Reindeer Dance

Interactive board book, with rhyming text, invites the reader and listener to dance and prance like reindeer

The Elf Boogie

The Elf Boogie

Interactive board book, with rhyming text, invites the reader and listener  to boogie right along with the elves as they get ready for Christmas

 

The Snowman Shuffle

The Snowman Shuffle

Interactive board book, with rhyming text, has the reader and listener spinning like a snowflake and doing the snowman shuffle.