Dog Books to Honor the Stroller Puppies Team

Own Dog

Just in time for StrollerThon a new picture book about dogs arrived. Huh? Is that what you’re thinking? What do dogs have to do with a Strollerthon?  If I didn’t know ML and friends named their team “The Stroller Puppies,” I’d be thinking the same.  Not sure what a StrollerThon is, read my previous post “Do You Know What is a StrollerThon Is?”

The main character in I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is an independent dog, who doesn’t need a person.   Then, one day a person follows him home.  Dog feels sorry for the man and adopts him.  Dog explains a few things about the challenges of keeping a person… “And you always have to clean up after them.”  ML loved this page with an illustration of humans dripping ice-cream and the dogs licking it up. ML added, “You always have to clean up after them in the best kind of way.”

ML’s artistic ability is far greater than mine.  She’s already surpassed me in her ability to draw and paint.  So we always read about the materials used for the illustrations.  Love the detailed description on the last page of this book.  “The illustrations’ line work was created using pen as well as a kids’ marker hacked to dispense India ink:  it was then photocopied onto watercolor paper.  The painting was done in liquid watercolor, with a hint of crayon on the dog’s muzzle.”  Talk about mixed media.  As you will see in the picture of their stroller below, ML and friends are experts in mixed media too.  Ribbon, wooden spoons, paint stick, markers, poster board, tissue paper and pipe cleaners were used to decorate the stroller..

While reading this book, I thought of a perfect way the team could tie in their dog theme with a baby theme.  Fill the stroller with dog themed board books. The girls loved the idea and placed a book on the big dog’s lap.  It’s hard to see in the picture below; but six puppies are sitting on big dog’s shoulder listening to him read.  They also included books designed by them.  The best title created was “Read Into the Puppy World.”

Saturday, ML’s team started the walk with a self-composed cheer:

Put your babies in the stroller.
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Go! Go! Go!
Ready! Set! Go!

After a rollicking walk in the rain, ML’s team was awarded ribbons for “Best-Decorated Stroller.”  Do you agree with the judges?


The board books the girls chose for the stroller are pictured below.

Poky Little Puppy

The Poky Little Puppy by Jannette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren – “One night a puppy, who is always late coming home, finds there is no dessert for him.”


National Geographic Kids Look & Learn: Dogs by Eva Steele-Saccio – An introduction to the world of dogs, including their physical characteristics and behavior.

Doggy Kisses

Doggy Kisses 123 by Todd Parr – “Meet ten colorful, lovable (and sometimes a little slobbery) canine friends in this kid-friendly concept book.”

It was a wonderful day for a fantastic cause.  So glad ML and friends were enthusiastic about the event.  When ML asked, “What is StrollerThon for?”  I explained, “Some mom’s have a hard time after they have a baby.  Each year, I’ll expand on this a little more.  It’s important for ML’s generation to learn about postpartum mood disorders in an age appropriate manner.  I’m proud to help break the cycle.  And thankful for my friends and women I’ve never met who are doing the same.

We Almost Went to the Beach – Instead We Read Beach Related Books

Ben and ZipShark KissHope For WinterBears Sea Escape
Thinking ML and I might take a trip to the coast for Labor Day, I checked out some ocean related books. Luckily, I never told her about my idea. With the start of school, we needed a low-key weekend. However, I knew with three days off from school, ML would be begging to have friends over. So I decided a sleepover on Friday night would be the ticket.

Last night I showed ML and Louise a stack of ten books. Allowing them to each pick two. I laughed when I saw they chose all the ocean related books.

Ben & Zip:  Two Short Friends by Joanne Linden and illustrated by Tom Goldsmith – Ben’s friend is missing.  He searches the boardwalk and stands on a bench to get a better view.  It doesn’t help.  So he climbs a picnic bench.  Then, a lifeguard stand where he is able to see his friend.  There’s a surprise to this book I’m not sharing.  The illustrations in this book are a relief from the airbrushed media our children are exposed to daily.  It shows what real people look like at the beach.  “Round bellies, flat bellies, bellies white and brown.  Hairy bellies, jelly bellies, bellies hanging down.”

Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug by Lynn Rowe Reed and illustrated by Kevin Cornell – A rollicking story about a shark wanting a hug and an octopus wanting a kiss. No matter what these sea animals try, the people on the beach aren’t interested in hugging and kissing them. The book ends with Octopus receiving a kiss and Shark being hugged.  Eight arms wrap themselves around Shark to comfort him resulting in a kiss for Octopus.  I got a hug and kiss at the end of the book too.

Hope for Winter: The True Story of a Remarkable Dolphin Friendship
by David Yates, Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff and Isabelle Hatkoff – This photographic tale of two dolphins’ friendship entranced these animal-loving, science minded girls. They recognized the story of Winter and knew there was a movie too. Guess what I just added to my Netflix queue? We’ll have to invite Louise over for a movie night when it arrives.

The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud – We didn’t read this choice. The girls were getting restless… acting like snakes inside their sleeping bags,  Near lights out, I showed the girls how they could find the baby bear in each picture. Thought it would be a way to calm them. Not so much. Instead they were giggling about the boat with the swimming pool, bedrooms, exercise room, and more. Safe to say they’ve never been on a cruise.

I picked one too… Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat? I couldn’t resist reading this new Mo Willems book knowing the girls would howl at page nine. Cat let’s Horse the Horse know it’s time to sleep. His response is “I’m on it!” And he is. He’s on the potty. There was howling. Then, ML noticed Cat the Cat’s head was turned and she was hiding her eyes. So they laughed even more.

Who Sleeps

PS:  Don’t tell ML, but Louise’s mom and I are planning a picnic and swimming for Sunday afternoon.  Watermelon and the pool.  A perfect way to end summer… if you aren’t at the beach.

Board Books

gorillaGoing to Bedhaiku baby

ML and I give board books for new baby presents. Our favorties include
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder

The reason board books are called board books is they are made of thick cardboard pages. These pages are hard to tear, but easy to chew. Perfect for babies and toddlers.

Recently, I’ve seen some freaky board books. One called War and Peace. Another all about being healthy and exercising with illustrations of babies using hand weights.

Have you seen any board books that made you do a doubletake?