1: The Belly Button Book, by Sandra Boynton
This is one of No's all-time favorite reads! He is constantly stumbling around the house with his shirt pulled up, pointing to his round little belly and shouting "BEBO!" We read it weekly.
"Emboldened by the enthusiastic response to Belly Button (Round)—a song from her Grammy-nominated book/CD, Philadelphia Chickens—Sandra Boynton further contemplates this mesmerizing subject.
Featuring a beachful of bare-bellied hippos—including one tiny baby who can only say “Bee Bo”—theBelly Button Book is the latest quirky addition to the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series. Every page captivates with Sandra Boynton’s inimitable illustrations and joyful rhyming text:
Soon after dark, upon the beach, we sing a hippo song, and if you’re feeling in the mood, we hope you’ll sing along: “Belly Belly Button, you’re oh so fine. Ooo, Belly Button, I’m so happy you’re mine.”
Shiny and sturdy, and featuring a great (navel-shaped, naturally) die-cut cover that offers a provocative glimpse of the merriment inside, the Belly Button Book provides enduring, giggly, read-aloud fun." Click here to buy.
2: Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Alice Schertle
If we hadn't just done a Little Blue Truck party for Jude last year, I'm sure we would do one this year for No. As it is, I can't stand anymore Truck-themed birthdays. (I say this even as my resolve crumbles every time No screeches "Twuuuuuck!!" on the way to school).
"Zooom! Wooeeee . . . ! "Make way!" The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor’s limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style.
Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this new adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever." Click here to buy.
"When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum."
Who doesn't love those adorable, zany hippos?!
"Here is the classic Boynton counting story in a sturdy, board book version.
Perfect for travel time, bedtime, or PARTY TIME!" Click here to buy.
This is a classic and No asks for me to read it constantly! Man, I love kids books that rhyme.
"In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight.In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day." Click here to buy!
This Rhyme-happy tale of dancing fills No with glee! He LOVES TO CLAP along with the book and stomp his feet. Not a great read for settling down to sleep, FYI. . .
"Everybody sing along—because it's time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton's twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. Main selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Winner of the 1994 Gold Medal from the National Parenting Publications Award. Suitable for ages 1-4." Click here to buy.