I am thrilled that I got the chance to review this book with baby E! I received compensation for this post, but all opinions remain my own.
Reading books at bedtime is one of my favorite things to end a day. Studies prove reading to your children (or grandchildren) at bedtime increases a love of learning and has a positive impact on future education.
Plus, you just can’t replace that feeling of a child cuddling on your lap while you read that book.
Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day ( Henry Holt and Co; January 24, 2017; Hardcover, $17.99), is a treasury of six original stories. Each of the stories follows a different animal as they play and explore their little home.
We Love This Book
These stories are adorable, and really entertained baby E! She is almost 2 years old and her attention span isn’t quite developed enough for all six stories. But she really loves cats – so her favorite story was the tiger.
This is not a board book -the pages are paper. So be careful when sharing the book with your little one.
The illustrations by Laura Watkins are whimsical and bright. They captivated baby E’s imagination. She pointed and laughed and we taught her the names and animal sounds.
This is definitely a book that she can grow up with. I can’t wait to hear her reading this book to us someday!
Buy It Now
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Coloring Pages & Activity Sheets
Go visit the author’s website for free downloadable coloring pages and activity sheets for your toddler. She has animal-themed pages and illustrations taken directly from her book. This will make reading time a lot more fun and educational.
Q&A With Author Karen B. Winnick
I love hearing from the author of my favorite children’s books. That is why I wanted to share this little Q & A with you.
1) What are your favorite animals?
I love most animals. I love so many!
DOGS, ELEPHANTS, DOLPHINS, WOLVES, RHINOS, CHEETAHS (and other CATS), PENGUINS, PANDAS, TURTLES and TORTOISES, GORILLAS and ORANGUTANS and many more are some of the animals that I adore.
2) What inspires you?
The world around me—there is so much to see and think about.
Paying attention especially to the fauna and flora. There is wonderment in watching animals, those of our own or those in natural settings and in studying them closely. I take walks with my dogs and sometimes see hummingbirds, or walk carefully by a robin’s nest or see a gecko darting out. I’ve been to Africa and watched families of elephants, rhinos, giraffes, mountain gorillas and more. I’ve helped to release baby turtles into the ocean in Nicaragua. And at the zoo I’ve watched the animals closely, too.
Also, I’m inspired by the antics of my grandkids just as my children use to inspire me.
And stories in history because sometimes they are not so dissimilar to events today and possibly enable us to make better judgments about issues we face.
3) Tell us about some of your writing and/or creative rituals. Is there a particular place where you write?
I look for ideas everywhere—cutting up every newspaper, magazine or copying a passage or page, then putting everything in my picture file. It’s grown enormous—full of animal info and photos especially. Often the pictures give me the ideas for my words.
I read a great deal and scribble notes with ideas.
I have a studio where I work, full of books, books, books, stuffed animals and many other objects for inspiration. There’s an area to write and an area to draw and paint.
There are project boxes everywhere with everything related to a story I’m working on— each in various stages…organized clutter!