Do You Know What a StrollerThon Is?

If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area on Saturday, September 13th, it’s an event you should attend. Postpartum Education and Support is a local non-profit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and raise public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. StrollerThon is the major annual fundraising event.

This year’s walk is at 10 a.m., Sept. 13, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. After the walk, there will be children’s games, face painting, a tot trot for little ones, and The Buzztown Band. Raffle prizes include a Bumbleride Stroller. (One need not be present to enter raffle.) However, you should attend. Form a team like ML and her friend Sarah. Prizes for Best Team Name, Team Spirit and Best-Decorated Stroller. No stroller? No problem! Strollers aren’t required to attend this event.

In celebration of the challenges of life with baby a few of my favorite baby related picture books.

No Nap!

No Nap! Yes Nap! by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino – This book arrived just in time for this post. “Follow Mommy on her quest to settle Baby down for a nap as Baby dashes from family room to living room, both on the table and under it, through the kitchen and even hiding in the laundry basket.”

Pirates Don't Change Diapers

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon – “Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob’s backyard, but first they may help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.”

Whoa Baby

Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Grace Nichols and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor – “A baby finally finds something to do that does not make everyone in the family tell him, No.”

Baby Brains

Baby Brains:  The Smartest Baby In the Whole Wide World by Simon James -“Even though the baby of Mr. and Mrs Brains is very intelligent, they realize that he is still just a baby.”


Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes – No post about babies is complete without a book about sibling rivalry.  “Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.”



Warning! This Book Will Make You Itchy!


Oh, the anxiety and paranoia this four letter word brings out in parents.I can’t believe we made it through preschool and 4 months of kindergarten without getting lice. Each year it would go around the school.  Then, last year it happened.  So when David Shannon’s Bugs in My Hair! arrived at the library, I could relate…  somewhat.  You see my friend diagnosed it while she was keeping ML.

One Easter, Monica had a house full of children all with lice.  She’s a neat freak.  She became very obsessed learning any and all treatment options and what needed to be cleaned.  The end result. . . she hired a lice professional.  So by the time I got home from work, the lice professional was at my house treating ML’s very long curly hair.  Monica washed all the linens, bagged up all the stuffed animals and placed them in the attic.  All I did was write the check.

ML was sitting happily on a stool with her hair being comb and treated by a college student.  At that point in time, ML wouldn’t even let me brush her hair.  It wasn’t cheap.  The lice expert said she was paying her way through college with this job.  If needed, I will be happy to help support her college education again.  You see I have memories of my lice treatment by my mom.  I sat on the floor of the bathroom while she combed in the RID.  It wasn’t a fun mother-daughter bonding experience.  And my hair was shorter and straight.

So while ML had lice, I’ve yet to experience it completely.  Based on what my friends say, David Shannon describes it best… “everything was laundered, treated, sprayed, combed, picked and cleaned.”  He should know.  He wrote the book after his daughter had lice.

Someone whispered that nasty four letter word at school today.  I hope we don’t join the LICE-A-PALOOZA… one of the comical terms from the book about a situation that is not funny to any parent.

Cute and Cuter

ML’s cousin is my roommate from library school’s son. Four-year-old Henry and “almost seven” ML don’t see each other enough. When they do, it’s a whirlwind of fun. Saturday night, we planned to repeat last visit’s fun. . .pizza party, sprinkler and silliness. We did.

Then, ML and Henry performed a bunch of puppet shows. Henry’s best show included a rattlesnake who meowed. ML’s favorite starred a purple fish hat who ate and pooped pink dragons. I’m trying to curtail ML’s scatological humor, but even I laughed.

After that, we read books. ML read No, David by David Shannon. I read a new picture book in comic book form, Cute & Cuter by Michael Townsend. Both were hits. Henry liked them so much we sent the books home with him. The nuances in Cute & Cuter require multiple readings. I’ll check out another copy so ML can further explore Janie Jane’s adventures. Everyone’s favorite line, “I think she’s cuter than a dozen pink hamsters dancing in a field of flowers while eating cupcakes!” is illustrated on the inside covers of the book.

From now on, our “cousin time” will include puppets and books.

David Shannon


Another of the first books ML read herself was No, David! Her dad’s name is David so she loved to read it over and over and over.

I have been a huge fan of David Shannon for years. He’s one of my go to authors when I need a book to share with a crowd of all ages. Some of my favorites are Duck on a Bike, Too Many Toys and Bad Case of the Stripes, Jangles: A Big Fish Story. Actually I like all his books. So does ML