Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

9780062198716_p0_v2_s260x420That rocking, blue, shoe-wearing kitty has something new to sing about in his latest book, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus. Rock along with Pete as the doors open and shut; the wipers go swish, swish, swish; and the kitties on the bus say “Pete the Cat” all day long. Be sure to read to the end for the particularly Pete payoff with the lyrics.

Though this book does not come with a downloadable song (because who doesn’t know “Wheels on the Bus”?), you can find a Pete-fied version of it on YouTube. 

Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus; by James Dean; Harper Collins; Ages 3-6; $9.99


More Storytime Favorites From Miss Megan

Summer’s an awesome time for our Wee Ones Storytime—we’ve got our usual suspects, plus a collection of older siblings home from school! It’s crowded on Friday mornings, which means we’ve got a great audience to tell us which books are the top choices of the two-and-under crowd. Here are a few that have been popular lately.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry; Dial Books (Penguin)

We follow a giant squid as he swims through the ocean, pointing out various other sea creatures. He’s bigger than the crab! He’s bigger than the shrimp! He’s bigger than the jellyfish! He’s even bigger than the shark! But, surprise, surprise—it turns out there’s one animal in the ocean bigger than our friend the squid. When a big whale gulps down our slimy protagonist, he’s a bit confused. But after taking in his new surroundings, he cheerily exclaims, “I’m the biggest thing in this whale!” I love to get kids involved with this one, yelling “BIG!” and stretching out their arms as wide as they can!

Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli; Candlewick Press

This one always get its fair share of chuckles. Each page displays something that’s either (you guessed it!) yummy or yucky.  At first, comparisons are pretty standard—soup vs. soap, Mommy’s cookies vs. Mommy’s coffee, etc. But the yucky things get progressively sillier (Sand! Boogers! Earwax!), until we end in a fit of giggles from kids and grownups alike. I like to make this read a little more interactive by doing thumbs up for yummy and thumbs down for yucky, or asking kids to shout out “yes!” or “no!” based on whether the food/item is yummy or yucky.

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton; Simon & Schuster 

This quick read about feelings is one that I sometimes like to grab if the “meltdown memo” has gone out. (Have you noticed that if one child starts to cry, everyone else has to join in? Why is that? Are these kids using telekinesis to communicate without the grownups’ knowledge?!) Anyway, trusty kid-guru Sandra Boynton has paired various emotions with animals (and one undefinable “frazzled thing”) to create an adorable, silly little board book that’s just the right length to keep kids engaged.

I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy; Candlewick Press

Various animals talk about the baby and how they played with it, sang to it, tickled it, etc. This one provides a great opportunity to let loose with various animal sounds! Also, it starts out in black and white, and only gradually incorporates color, until when the baby duckling finally appears, we’ve got an explosion of bright colors as his mommy lays a giant kiss on his little head!

The More We Get Together by Caroline Church; Cartwheel Books (Scholastic)

This book is a simply illustrated version of the popular song, complete with adorable drawings of toddlers. It’s one of my favorites to use at the close of storytime, as we gently wind down towards our goodbye song. It’s also one that’s helpful to have within reach in case a ruckus breaks out. Issues with sharing? Sibling dispute? The perfect segue into this little story/song about friendship and being kind. Done and done.

Need more storytime suggestions? Check out my original list of favorites! Or join us for Wee Ones Storytime on Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am!

Happy reading!

—Miss Megan

The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr

The Princess and Her Panther, by Wendy Orr, illus. by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books, Ages 2-6

Two sisters embark on an adventure of make-believe! The elder becomes a princess and the younger a trusty panther. They travel across the scorching desert sands, along a vast blue lake, and into ancient and silent woods. As night falls, the two pitch their tent–and just in time! Outside they hear the fearful sounds of terrifying leaf snakes and frog monsters. With each new sound, readers hear a familiar refrain: “the princess was brave, and the panther tried to be.” Eventually, though, both sisters are brave enough to vanquish the nighttime monsters and drift off to sleep, safe and sound in their own familiar backyard.

Wendy Orr’s tale is simple and lyrical, with a sweetly gentle quality that makes this a perfect bedtime read. Lauren Stringer’s richly saturated and light-infused illustrations cleverly blend the reality of the sisters’ simple backyard with the lush landscape of their imaginations. This is a fantastic read both for those of us who are brave and those of us who try to be!

Create your own world of make believe today! Hooray for books!

–Miss Megan

The Princess and Her Panther, by Wendy Orr, illus. by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books, Ages 2-6

Need more stories to share at bedtime? Give us a call or stop by! Hooray for Books Children’s Bookstore: 1555 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 548-4092.

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo

A Very Big Bunny, by Marisabina Russo, Schwartz and Wade Books, Ages 3-6
Amelia is a very big bunny. In fact, she is the biggest bunny in her class. At recess, the other bunnies say Amelia is too big for jump rope or hopscotch or the seesaw, so Amelia plays by herself. One day, a new student is introduced to the class. Susannah is a very small bunny–the smallest in the class. She is too tiny, the other bunnies say, for jump rope or hopscotch or the seesaw. Susannah and Amelia are left all alone in the corner of the playground. But Susannah doesn’t mind, and soon, neither does Amelia. Together they form an unlikely–but dynamic!–duo. The two bunnies learn that you’re never too big or too small to have a wonderful friendship.
Marisabina Russo’s tale is a sweet story that celebrates what makes every bunny (and person!) unique. Russo’s colorful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the tale, with adorable bunny rabbits frolicking gleefully in the schoolyard. Children will be entranced by this delightful story of friendship and individuality!
Start your summer reading today!
–Miss Megan

A Very Big Bunny, by Marisabina Russo, Schwartz and Wade Books, Ages 3-6