Category Archives: Board Books

Friday Favorite: Larry Gets Lost by John Skewes

pdxabccovA while ago, Sasquatch books sent me copies of Portland ABC: A Larry Gets Lost book, written and illustrated by John Skewes as well as Larry Loves Portland in board book format. Both books feature an adorable brown puppy named Larry who explores the city and introduces young readers to all the important sights (the Willamette River, various bridges, the Rose Garden, Union Station, even Voodoo Doughnuts). Each story is a colorful delight with “retro-inspired” illustrations. The alphabet book has clear, bold letters, making it attractive to preschoolers. These books offer a fun, interesting way to introduce geography to kids, and they would be a special souvenir for children who are visiting Portland, or a unique book in your child’s collection.

If you happen to reside elsewhere, there may be a “Larry Gets Lost” or “Larry Loves” book featuring your own city or state. See the website for more info and additional resources, such as an activity kit and teacher guide.

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Favorite Finds: Kids Book Storage

Hi, I’m here. I’ve missed you. It’s good to be back after a nice long spring break. And how time is flying- I keep meaning to blog more and the ideas are piling up in my head but life keeps pressing down on the accelerator pedal with little chance of letting up. So anyway….

I’m a firm believer in making books part of your child’s environment, no matter where they choose to play. Here are a couple of playful book-related storage accessories for kids that are fun, good quality, and will jazz up any young reader’s room (or living room, or wherever they choose to store stories).

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First, the P’kolino Book Buggee: it’s part toy and part storage- I love that it holds books and other prized possessions like my child’s favorite stuffed tiger, and his beloved Hot Wheels. There are four slots to hold bigger board books or picture books and it’s lightweight with a pull cord, so it’s easily transported to other rooms. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, and prices vary depending on where you purchase (I found mine recently at Target for $24.99 with just two color choices, purple and blue).

Second, The Hungry Caterpillar wooden bookends by Kids Preferred: I have a thing for Eric Carle, and one of my kids rooms already has a little theme going so these were a perfect addition (see photos below, the wall canvas is from Target and the alphabet flashcards can be purchased at a variety of places). They are lightweight, so if you’re looking for a heavier set of bookends that stay in one place and hold a bunch of big books, you won’t be happy with these; however since my 2+ year old is likely to move and throw anything he can reach, I wanted something that’s unlikely to cause injury or damage. He still has a fairly big collection of board books, and these work well for that format. (Available on Amazon for $25-30, but I found them at HomeGoods for $12.99 for the set).

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Do you have favorite storage items for your kids books? I’d love to hear from you!

Some of my favorite things- children’s holiday books

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There are so many wonderful books to share during the holiday season. I could come up with a huge list, but today I’m highlighting some that my kids and I have been enjoying this year. These cover a range of ages, from toddlers to preschoolers and beyond. Happy holiday reading!

Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee (See more here)

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

We Love Christmas! by Marilyn Janovitz

If You Take a Mouse to The Movies by Laura Numeroff

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

The Night Before Christmas (Classic Edition) by Clement C. Moore/Illustrations by Charles Santore

Friday Favorite: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee

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Jingle-Jingle is one of my favorite holiday books, with a similar storyline as Clip-Clop, another favorite by the same author. Mr. Horse is back–this time he’s giving rides in his sleigh and our friends Cat, Dog, Pig and Duck are excited to go along for the ride.

“Jingle-jingle, crunch-crunch. Jingle-jingle, crunch-crunch.”

They decide to slide down a steep, snowy hill and- you guessed it- fly through the air and land in a snow drift. “Wheeeeeee!” This is a simple story, with some fun vocabulary (swoosh, plop, crunchy) Two’s and older will appreciate the sound effects and humor in this one.

5 Beautiful Board Books for Babies

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Here are some beautifully illustrated, sweet and colorful board books for little ones. I recommend any of them as wonderful additions to your board book collection.

Baby Elf’s Christmas by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A book of changing seasons by Il Sung Na

Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman