Weekly Reading for Little Ones

Book of the Week: “You Are My Baby” Ocean Animals By Lorena Siminovich

This week Johnny and I picked out the book “You Are My Baby” (ocean themed animals) by Lorena Siminovich. This is a fun and easy book to read with little ones. It helps them to interact with the book because there is a little book and a big book all within this one book. (that’s alot of book talking!) 😉 It’s based on ocean animals and has the baby animal being matched up with the adult ocean animal. Johnny really likes the shape of the book too! It’s a great read for little ones! Plus the author is the creator of Petit Collage, which is a line of wall decor and accessories specifically for children.

Why I love this book?


  • filled with a variety of adjectives and verbs that will enhance children’s vocabulary skills
  • within this book there is a smaller book that has children match the baby animals to their parents (great engagement for little ones) Johnny loves turning the pages in this book
  • the pictures are very vibrant in color
  • there is a pattern in the book of trying to guess what the name of the baby ocean animal is. Children love to anticipate what will be next. Plus the repetitive text is great for beginning readers! ( You are my baby… starts on each page within the little book)
  • As the children get older and start reading, thisi s a great book to incoporate “shared reading” where the adult reads a page and then the child reads the next page.
  • it incorporates some of the real names of the baby ocean animals such as a calf and fry)

Where can you find this book?


Amazon is always a great place to purchase books for busy mamas. You can click here to be directed to amazon.com where you can purchase this book.

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Activities to Participate in…


0-18 months

    • You can play this fun Animals in the Ocean song that’s interactive and goes to the tune of “the wheels on the bus”.
  • after the song you can transition to filling a container with water and guide your baby’s hand and have them play in it. If you have ocean bath toys you can even place them in there. I know it may sound silly to talk to a baby when they don’t talk back yet, but it is SO good for them. Discuss the characterisitcs of where the ocean animals live.

18 months-3 years

  • make an ocean aquarium using an egg carton. Have your child choose which ocean animals they’d like to place in their aquarium based on the book. Discuss the characteristics of the animals: color, shape, size, how it moves… Here is a great link I found to help guide you on the project.
  • you can also play a ocean animal games online with matching the description of the animal to it’s picture. There are many more too. Click here to be directed to this fun game site for little ones.

Resources 


  • Petite Collage– the author of this book also has a line of decor, toys, & arts and crafts activities

Happy Reading!

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Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Weekly Reading for Little Ones

Book of the Week- “First 100 Words” published by Priddy Books

This week in the baby book world, we’re focusing on a board book that helps young babies to develop language skills. “First 100 Words” is a resource book for parents to enjoy with their baby in developing their first words. This isn’t a one time read, it’s something that can be used everyday! We even pack it in the car to use on the go.

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Why I love this book?


  • helps to develop early language skills
  • helps to start conversation with baby and adult
  • implements learning about categories
  • helps to make connections between similar things
  • helps babies  to start to understand similarities and differences between things
  • helps babies to learn about real everyday items
  • this is a book that doesn’t have to be read all at once, you can reference back to it many times

Where can you find the book?

(This post contains an affiliated link, which means I may receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using the link in this post.) 


 Amazon is a great place to purchase books, especially for busy mamas. It’s also fun to have a package arrive! (I still get a thrill out of receiving packages.) Did I mention this book is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon?  Here is the link to purchase ” First 100 Words” published by Priddy Books.

Activities to Participate In 


0-18 Months

  • go on a scavenger hunt and find things in the house that you read in the book. For example if you were focusing on the category of bath items, take a “field trip” into the bathroom and point to the items. Then have your baby hold it and you can talk about its features. Make sure to refer back to the book. Repetition  is so important for babies, along with the tactile experience.

18 months-3 years

  • have your child go on a scavenger hunt in your house, they will be the leader to identify household items. Make sure the adult brings a paper and pencil to write these items down. Then go back to the book and ask “Where which category would this item fit in? Have your child explore the book and find the category page.

Resources


  • Priddy Books website – provides a list of their books along with FREE activity sheets
  • first words project– this website provides checklists, activities, and an overall guide on how to help your child develop their first words

Okay, let’s get started! Spend some time this week with your little one and enjoy this wonderful book! Show your children that READING IS FUN!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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