Happy Easter! Today was a busy day. By the time it was all said and done, my children had completed four easter egg hunts, several meals, and tore through eight easter baskets (we have several generous grandparents and aunts in our big family)! When we got home they were of course overly tired and it was the ideal night for a quick bedtime read.
The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach is a short, silly story about the wacky Underpants Zoo where the animals wear underpants just like us! Except…not exactly like us. Perfect for holding a toddler’s attention, The Underpants Zoo is full of fun and bright illustrations. My kids laugh through the entire book, and are particularly entertained by the crocodile’s “bow” underpants and the camel’s underpants full of sand.
You really can’t go wrong with this one…we could probably read it every night and they would still love it! And who doesn’t want to end the day with laughter?
There are certain stores where you know you can always find what you are looking for. When it comes to anything kids rooms, playrooms, or reading corners, I can count on The Land of Nod. They offer unique, contemporary decor and furniture that is durable and practical. If you are looking for bright, fun, and functional kids bookcases I have a few recommendations for you!
|Good Read Book Caddy in Grey|
|On the Grid Bookcase in Lime|
|Open Book Bin in Walnut|
|Jenny Lind Bookcase in Azure|
I’m excited about today’s book review by an old friend from my high school days! Kerry Wise is the mother of two adorable toddlers, and the mind behind MyWiseMom. Be sure to check out her inspiring blog, where she shares her son Finn’s experience with food allergies and her mission to raise organically grown kids. Kerry has motivated me to be smarter about what our family eats and where we purchase our food. I can guarantee you will become more “wise” about your food if you follow her amazing blog. Today Kerry reviews one of her favorite children’s books Someday by Alison McGhee. Enjoy!
As my son has grown up, (I say that like he’s so old…he’s only four) I try to find books more geared to little boys – because my son is ALL BOY. Plus he has definitely read his fair share of princess books lately! Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen is a “hit”, and the perfect children’s book for little boys with big imaginations.
Randy isn’t the best at baseball, but he does have mad science skills. When this little genious discovers a meteor fireball is about to crash into Earth, he builds a robot baseball player to blast the fireball right into outerspace. He may not hit the ball on the field, but saving the planet is the best homerun of all.
The two things I love most about this book are its captivating illustrations and the poetic rythym of the story. It’s a fun read that usually has my little boy saying “can we read it again?”. We like it so much, I plan to check out other books by author Chris Van Dusen including The Circus Ship and If I Built A Car.
Some nights I am exhausted (ok – most nights), and like many moms, I often have the urge to rush through storytime (as I mentioned in this post about our children’s bedtime storytime routine. When I feel this way I try to remember this time with them is so precious and won’t last forever. And seriously, how can I say no when my daughter’s cute little voice says, “can we read another book mom?”.
Tonight I fed the kids dinner, gave them baths super early, and then when my husband got home I ran on the treadmill. Lately I have been running after the kids go to bed, which stinks because the night is gone before I know it. I finished running shortly after 8pm and came upstairs to find my husband reading The Rainbow Fish to the kids. There is something so sweet about seeing a father read to his children. A dad’s voice is just so soothing and you wouldn’t believe how much better they sat in the chair with him! Then we read a few more of our favorites including one that will be reviewed soon called Wherever You Are.
There is just something so calming about storytime with the kids. I think it’s the combination of my daughter’s peaceful room, our cozy reading chair, the stillness of the house with only the words of our favorite book, and my little ones in my lap. It’s so nice to wind down with them as they get ready for bed.
What does your children’s storytime entail? Please share your favorite bedtime books and storytime traditions with us!
When I saw this cool & modern mid-century reading corner featured on Apartment Therapy, I was instantly drawn to this awesome bright red chair! So fun and adds such a bright pop of color to the room.
If you are a child of the 60’s chances are you may have had one of these vintage Tip N Rok chairs in your own room. Originally made by MTA Design, the Tip N Rock chair is made of red plastic and pod shaped. Just the right size and perfect for a child’s reading corner.
Let me tell you they are not easy to find! If you want this look you’ll have to go e-bay or etsy sites like The Vintage Reserve. If you find a manufacturer that makes a version of this today please let us know!