MONDAY FUNDAY – March 6, 2017

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share some of the titles you’ve been enjoying, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.

Happy Monday!

If you read my poetry post on Friday, you’ll know that I’m none too fond of snow…

Well, as I sit here typing, there’s a veritable blizzard going on outside my window. It’s March. March. I’m not too pleased…

But, enough about the weather (snow, snow, SNOW!). Here are a few books I’ve read and/or shared this week!

I Can Blink by Frank Asch

My toddlers absolutely adored this simple animal picture book. We all took turns sticking our face through the pages’ large circular cutout, which had the little ones in absolute stitches! Lots of fun, highly recommended, especially for toddlers. Funny faces for the win!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

I love, love, love Jan Thomas. Simple stories, silly characters, bright colours, bold lines – perfection! There’s also such a wonderfully surreal element to these stories – who else could have imagined a group of colourful dust bunnies who love to rhyme? So fun!

But….this one just did not work in a recent daycare story time. In fact…I think it would be fair to say it went over like a lead balloon. We really struggled with the concept of rhyme, which is a pretty central element in the story. Still, I managed to salvage the situation by encouraging a conversation about where dust bunnies might want to hide out from the scary broom! When in doubt, talk it out! It’s definitely a great book, but…sometimes even the best stories just fall flat!

Grumpy Pants by Claire Messner








I love penguins, so of course I had to pick this one up! And having read it, I’m pretty sure it was based on a true story – my own true story! What is a grumpy penguin to do after a crummy, cruddy day? In the case of this little penguin, the answer is simple – a bubble bath, a mug of hot chocolate, favorite pajamas, a bedtime story and a teddy pair wash all the grumpiness away! As a passionate believe in the restorative power of a soak in the tub, this very sweet, simple story is right up my alley. Kids love penguins, so this was a hit with the kids – everyone can relate to having a grumpy day!

So, I hope you all have a warm week, wherever you happen to be!

Baby Storytime – April 21, 2016

Hello Song

Hello, Friends

Tickles / Fingerplays

Round and round the garden

Head and shoulders

Roly poly

Book 1: I Can Roar


A Smooth Road

While driving down a bumpy road

A hippopotamus got on a city bus

Book 2: Tuck Me In

Movement Songs

He didn’t dance, dance, dance

Zoom Zoom Zoom

The Elevator Song

Cool Down Songs

Mm-ah went the little green frog

Good Bye Song

Goodbye, Friends

Lots of chatting today at babytime, which was lovely.  Parents commenting on the different songs and books that their babies enjoy, and getting to know each other. We didn’t cover as much material as I’d planned, but we had a smaller group (7 moms), so it was a casual, laid-back program.

We also talked about different ways to tell the rhymes or sing the songs we covered. One mother prefers to do Round and round the garden on her son’s palm, while other babies like to have a circle traced around their bellybuttons, or on their backs. There are also different ways to sing Head and Shoulders. These are great conversations to be having with caregivers, because the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really matter what you sing or say with your baby, or how you sound. All that matters is that you are spending time bonding with your baby and exposing them to language!

Note: The babies were completely mesmerized by I Can Roar. I had 100% eye contact and 100% attention. It was incredible. I’m not sure if they were fascinated or terrified, but either way, it was pretty hilarious to watch their little faces follow me as I swept the book around the group. Highly, highly recommended!