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!
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!