Books make the BEST gifts.  Probably more for me at the time of opening (let’s face it – it’s not a toy they can rip open immediately – so the kids don’t get overly excited)!  However, the kids do enjoy reading new books and are so engaged during the first reading.  This year at Christmas, Layla received Press Here, an extremely interactive, colorful and FUN read.  What was different about this present is amongst all of the toys – she kept coming back to this book to sit down and read.

Written by artist/author Herve TulletPress Here, engages little readers right away on the first page.  “Ready?” it asks, on a page with one single yellow dot.  The kids couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what was next.  What they discover is if they press the dots, magical and fun things happen.  New dots appear, and not just yellow dots but red and blue too.  And if they shake the book side to side?  Well it just gets crazy!


Press Here is a gem, not only does it incorporate math and art concepts, but it’s also FUN for both parents and kids to experience.  I find myself getting really goofy when I am reading this book to the kids and there are lots of giggles.  In a time when children are so obsessed with gadgets and iPads, Press Here does an amazing job of showing how much fun you can have with paint colors and your imagination.


I’m excited to check out other books by Herve Tullet, including Mix it Up! and Let’s Play!.  Want to see Press Here in action, then be sure to check out this video trailer.

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

In last month’s post about Layla’s 3rd birthday, I mentioned this book was one of my favorite gifts she received.  Since we read this every night, I thought it deserved a book review.

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin follows the “kool cat” Pete as he strolls along in his new white shoes. But “Oh no!”  Pete steps in a pile of blueberries, strawberries, and mud!  Does he cry? “Goodness No!”.  No matter what Pete encounters he keeps walking along and singing his song.

This interactive book is fun for both parents and kids!  I love the question/response format and enjoy watching my kids laugh and shout out their answers.  They actually stand the whole time I read this.  I get a kick out of watching them sing and dance with Pete.  The book also comes with a link to the Harper Collin’s website where you can listen to the author read the story and download the song and other Pete the Cat activities.  The tune “I Love My White Shoes” is pretty catchy and probably what I enjoy most when reading this to the kids.