Poetry Friday: Peek-a-boo Zoo


Jane Cabrera makes lovely, lovely picture books. Her illustrated versions of traditional children’s songs work beautifully in baby and toddler storytimes, and are so much fun to share with families.

I recently came across one of her newest titles, Peek-a-boo Zoo, and while it isn’t technically classified as a poetry book, its wonderful rhythm and rhyme have earned it its own Poetry Friday post!

Peek-a-boo Zoo!

This is such a fun baby time book! The common refrain “Peek-a-Boo, Baby, Peek-a-Boo…” is so bouncy and wonderfully rhythmic – in a previous babytime session I had caregivers bounce their babies on their laps as I read the story, and it worked like a charm!

Cabrera’s signature oil paintings are colourful and adorable – once you’re familiar with her style, you’d recognize it anywhere!

It’s no secret that children’s librarians LOVE picture books that effectively utilize rhythm and rhyme, and with good reason.  Rhythmic texts are famous for soothing for babies, who were first introduced to the rhythm of their mother’s heartbeat while in the womb, and picture books with a great sense of rhythm can help children develop rhythmic language. Rhyme and repetition have long been celebrated as crucial tools in helping children develop strong early literacy skills, and can also just make story time a whole lot more fun! So when I come a picture book that features rhythm, rhyme and repetition, and is cute and short to boot, I just can’t help but celebrate!

Peek-a-boo Zoo! is a very sweet, short, simple rhyming picture book with a great bouncy rhythm that’s perfect for babies and toddlers. Definitely worth checking out!

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  • Reply elainemag46Elaine M.

    This one looks like a great baby gift! I’ll have to check it out.

    August 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Books are always the best gifts! 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Violet Nesdoly

    What an enticing review, Jane! And I would love to sit in on one of your library sessions; it sounds like you do a fabulous job.

    August 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    Thank you for introducing me to this author and illustrator. I have friends with new babies in the family and I love to find unique books for new babies. This is adorable!

    August 26, 2017 at 12:12 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Jane Cabrera has a lot of great picture books that are wonderful for babies! 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply lindabaie

    This looks like a new and perfect gift for new babies, Jane. And as they get older, they will learn all those animals, too! Thanks for sharing this fun book!

    August 26, 2017 at 2:00 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You’re welcome! I’ve got a lot of new babies in my friend group right now, so I’m always looking for great books to share with them too. 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Buffy Silverman

    This looks charming–thanks for highlighting it!

    August 26, 2017 at 2:12 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You’re welcome! I love sharing great books, both at work and at home. 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Robyn Hood Black

    So clever and inviting! I hadn’t seen this either – thanks for sharing. I’m sure your sessions are magical for those little ones and their parents or caregivers – such thought and care you put into that precious time for them.

    August 26, 2017 at 3:10 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      They’re such a highlight of my week – it’s so lovely to be able to support new families in my community. 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Donna Smith

    Love the illustrations in it, too!

    August 26, 2017 at 10:56 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Cabrera’s got just a fun, unique art style!

      August 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Hooray for rhythm, rhyme, repetition and…CUTENESS!

    August 26, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply dmayr

    I’ll write up an order card and pass it along to my co-worker who does Toddler Time. Thanks for introducing this title! Here’s a title we recently received; I liked it and think it would be good for a little bit older audience: The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh.

    August 26, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply mbhmaine

    I can just picture a magical read aloud with those parents/caregivers and babies bouncing along to this joyful text. Delightful!

    August 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    That sounds like a perfect book for reading aloud at storytime for the youngest listeners. I remember how much my daughter loved rhythmic, rhyming books at that early age.

    August 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Tabatha

    Aww, how cute! That does look like a good baby gift.

    August 27, 2017 at 12:39 am
  • Reply Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    How adorable is that! Great find, Jane!

    August 27, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Reply katswhiskers

    Gorgeous post and great links. Thank-you! #reasonstorhyme #LOVErhymingPBs 🙂

    August 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh, I love it! #reasonstorhyme is my new favourite hashtag!

      August 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply macrush53

    This looks like a terrific book for my library.

    August 28, 2017 at 3:17 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      It is! Jane Cabrera’s books are a definite must have, so cute and fun!

      August 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    Adorable. I love a good rhyming book, too.

    September 4, 2017 at 4:26 am
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