how to incorporate music into your child’s daily routine

Last week, I shared a GIANT list of 100+ songs to sing with your child(and the books to go along with them). Today, I thought I would give some tips on how to incorporate these and other songs into your child’s daily routine by sharing how Juliet and I do it. Hopefully, this will give you a good place to start and allow you to customize it and make it work successfully for your own family.

How do I choose the songs?

With such a huge list, where do you start? I recommend starting with what you love.

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Did any of the songs on the list jump out to you? Did you think, “Hey! I haven’t thought of that song in years!” or “I loved that song as a child!” Go with those! Your enthusiasm for the song will go a long way in getting your child exciting to sing it, too. (And it doesn’t hurt that you already know the tune!)

For me, I jumped at the chance to sing the California Gold Rush song Sweet Betsy from PikeToora, Loora, Loora,  and the Red River Valley because I remember my dad singing them to me as a little girl.
{Click on any song title in this post to hear them sung on YouTube.}

After you’ve checked out and enjoyed a few familiar tunes, take a risk and choose one you don’t already know. I have been overwhelmed at how many beautiful songs I have gone my entire life without ever hearing! Two that we experienced, learned, and fell in love with together are Froggy Went a Courtin, and All the Pretty Little Horses(I know! How did I miss that one?) We loved Froggy Went a Courtin’ so much that we added the book illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky to our home library. The illustrations are just incredible.

Once you’ve picked a few new ones out, it’s time to figure out the tune! All of the books on my list have the actual music somewhere in the book. If you play an instrument, you can pick out the tune. (I did this on the piano for a lot of the lullabies in Lullabies an Illustrated Songbook.

Don’t worry if you can’t play the piano! YouTube is the perfect resource for learning the tune to almost any song. You might find some odd versions and videos out there, but at the very least you can pick up the tune.

How do I use the songs?

The easiest way to incorporate these songs is just to add the books to your book pile. Do you usually read books together before bed? Try singing a few together during that time. Maybe start with a song and end with a song or alternate between a regular story book and a song book.

As you get more comfortable with this, consider setting aside a special “singing time” that you take part in everyday just as you have a special reading time. For us, it’s right after Juliet takes her bath. She gets out of the tub, gets her pajamas on and we sit down in the hallway and sing through a few songbooks. It’s easy to do because we’ve attached our singing time to something we do together everyday– getting ready for bed–but you could make yours at whatever time works for you. Maybe you are morning people and like to start the day with a few songs? Or maybe right before nap time is a good time to snuggle up and sing together.

Sounds great, but one little problem. I can’t sing!

First of all, let me assure you that I cannot sing either. I have never been and never will be asked to sing in public. But the great thing about singing with kids is that they don’t care at all about how good or how bad your voice is! They just love that you sing. I’m serious. Is you kid around? Burst out singing Skip to My Lou at the top of your lungs and see what they do. I guarantee that after the initial shock wears off, they will be jumping around, clapping and singing with you in less than 10 seconds.

We’ve learned that the more we sing together, the more these songs stick in our memories. By intentionally making time for music in our routine, we’ve discovered that we break out in spontaneous song more and more throughout the day and have even found ourselves making up songs of our own.

If you take the time to plant the seed of music in your child’s heart, it will send down roots, and begin to grow. In no time at all, you’ll get the privilege of hearing a tiny, little voice floating up from the backseat singing something like, “O, give me a home! Where the buffalo roam! And the deer and the antelope play!” and asking questions like, “Why does your Bonnie lie over the ocean, mommy, why?”

So, which songs are you going to choose? I’d love to hear about the songs you love and any suggestions you have for ones we don’t have on our list!

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homemade knock knock valentines for kids: reuse wipe lids

I made these Valentines for Juliet’s valentine mail box by reusing the lids to some old baby wipe packages. Juliet has taken to calling them “knock knocks” as in, “I can’t wait to get a new knock knock in my valentines box tomorrow morning!”
I thought I would share how I made them with you today. The thing I like most is that they allow me to send my 3 year old a “real” piece of mail that she can understand–even though she cannot read yet. They are easy to make for your younger child and would be a great activity for older children to do on their own.


You’ve probably got a few of these around your house or in your purse already, but if not, just save some up. These cards don’t have to be specifically for Valentines Day–you can use them whenever you want to send your child a little note!When you trade using the Ethereum Code review software, you know that the software trades using an algorithm that is inbuilt into it. The algorithm is written by the experts and it is nothing but a trade plan. Since the robotic trading software trades using this trade plan thus there is hardly any scope of error since no biasedness comes in the decision making.

I happen to have a big stash of them because I started collecting them a few months back. I thought the tops could be used for something…I just didn’t know what until now.


I started by removing the lids.


To make this first one, I traced the shape of the door onto some contact paper and applied it to the front.


Then, I glued the door to a sheet of scrapbook paper and reinforced it by gluing that on top of a piece of card stock. Next, I applied a few foam dollar store stickers and wrote the words “Knock! Knock!” on the front.


When you open up the door, you find a lovely pink lobster inside! (I had a lot of ocean themed foam stickers left over from the mermaid birthday bash. We’ll be using them for months!)


I made another rectangular one using scrapbook paper on the front this time. (Sorry, this one kind of makes you cross-eyed if you stare at it too long!)
Inside, I placed “Nemo” carrying a heart. (She’s getting this one tomorrow! I think she is going to love seeing Nemo inside.)
Lastly, I used the oval shaped door. I placed the bird sticker over the “gie” portion of “Huggies” so now it says “Hugs!”


And inside is a friendly (although anatomically incorrect) octopus begging for a hug. (I had to cut off four of his arms in order to make him fit in the door!)


I added googly eyes to give him a little more personality. (And to make up for amputating so many limbs!)
Oh, just in case you were wondering what a three-year-old does upon receiving such a card? She immediately rips out the stickers, of course! The first day, I said, “No! Why are you pulling the lobster out?” And she said, “Because he wants to come in, Mom!”
Of course. Outsmarted by a three-year-old. Again.
 What kinds of valentines are you and your kids making this year?


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make your own valentines box out of a cereal box

We made these Valentines boxes one morning out of a cereal box, some contact paper, scrapbooking paper and dollar store foam stickers.


I was inspired by one of our Valentines books called Secret Valentineby Laura Damon.
I cut the box in half and then cut up in an angle on both sides.
We ended up with this.


Next, we covered the boxes with contact paper.

Finally, we lined the insides with paper and then decorated the front with foam stickers. The one with the two birds is for me and Ben Check it out on how to do proper money management using the robotic trading software. Money management is essential in every trade, whether you are trading manually or trading using an auto trading software. The stop loss lets you take care of the volatility on the trade and this is the key to become a successful trader. Discipline is the most essential thing to become a successful trader and you follow discipline in the trade by following your trade plan step by step.


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(Juliet will drop her cards to us in this box) and the one with xoxo on it is Juliet’s. I will be filling it up with a little note or surprise every day.

Have you made a Valentine’s box with your child this year? What was your inspiration? What materials did you use?

butterfly guide books for kids

I started grabbing up old nature guides whenever I came across them at goodwill this past year. I found several on birds, and two each on seashells, trees, and butterflies.

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In the vision, we would stroll along the beach gathering seashells and then sit down and look them up in our book to learn more about them, or go out into the park with our bird guides and try to spot various birds.

I have kept all these guides in my room until a few weeks ago. I brought them downstairs and placed them on the coffee table because I wanted to look through them more closely and enjoy some of the images. To my surprise, Juliet sat down with me and started “reading” them, too.
“What’s this bird, mom? Which one is your favorite? Hey! This one is my VERY FAVORITE!” and other such questions and exclamations filled our house. And it wasn’t just for one day, either. She loves these books, especially one of the bird guides and looks at them over and over again.
I had no idea that she would love these books or even be able to use them at such a young age. But now that I know, I wanted to share a few with you. I think part of the appeal is the beautiful images–you really don’t have to be able to read the words to get something out of these books.
Butterflies (A Golden Book of 187 Familiar North American Butterflies) by J.F. Gates Clarke, Ph.D, Illustrated by Andre Durenceau, published 1963.
Butterflies and Moths (A Golden Guide): A Guide to the More Common American Species by Robert T. Mitchell and Herbert S. Zim, Illustrated by Andre Durenceau

Here’s a peek at what one of the pages looks like inside. I love how brightly colored and detailed the butterflies are. (I didn’t realize until I typed this post that the same artist illustrated both books.)
For her birthday, Juliet’s uncle sent the most amazing card. It had a birthday message and also some punch-out butterflies that you could use to assemble a butterfly mobile!

Each butterfly had a paragraph giving some basic information about it.

We read the names of each, a little about it, and then punched it out.
Then we used the punch outs and searched for each in the guidebooks! Juliet had a lot of fun spotting the butterflies in the book. Here’s the monarch, one we were already familiar with.

And here is a new one we learned about: the buckeye–so named because the dots on its wings resemble a deer’s eye.
This was a great activity to get Juliet to practice focusing on details. She had to carefully study the punch out butterfly and then find it’s match in the book.
You could easily replicate this activity by photo copying butterfly images from your own book or cutting them out from old calendars, magazines, or greeting cards.
We then followed the directions to make the mobile…
…and hung it up in our kitchen!
Here are some of our favorite butterfly picture books to share with you:
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies (Mini Edition)
Board Book: (for baby)
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies  by Melanie Gerth
The Butterfly Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)

ABC Book: The Butterfly Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)by Brian Cassie and Jerry Palotta
Do you have a favorite butterfly book or nature guide book or activity to share?

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100+ songs to sing with your child (and the books to go along with them)

{I’m going to warn you in advance: This is a LONG post! But I thought it would be a good resource.}
You know that Juliet and I love to read, but did you also know that we love to sing? In fact, we have a nightly post-bath singing session that Juliet loves almost as much (maybe even more) than our daily reading time.

I say that she might love it even more because if for some reason we have to skip book time, she is fine. But if I should dare to suggest that we skip singing time, well, let’s just say that things get pretty ugly. Tears, screaming, pleading, sobbing, the ever-popular collapsing into a limp heap on the floor, etc. ensues. (You have young kids. You know what I’m talking about here.)When you continue reading you will be clear on where you should place the stop loss on the trades. This is an important thing to know because it is not just important to focus on the entry and the exit price on the trade but one should also know where to technically place the stop.

To say that this music time is special to us both would be an understatement. We both look forward to it and enjoy it immensely. At this point, you are probably imagining me as some sort of Latina version of Maria from The Sound of Music, but let me assure you that is far from the truth.
While I very much ENJOY singing, I am by no means GOOD at it. (Change your mental image from Maria on a mountain top to Cameron Diaz singing kareoke on My Best Friend’s Wedding.) And while I think I have a fairly decent memory, I find that if left to rely solely upon it for lyrics, I can usually only remember parts of a verse, just the chorus, or a few random bars of any given song.
So to help my feeble mind get through an entire song correctly, I enlisted the help of…wait for it…books! (Are you surprised?)
I discovered that the library has a really good selection of songbooks in the nonfiction section. You can find all kinds of books to sing along with from traditional songbooks (with sheet music) to picture books (books that illustrate one song with a line of lyrics on each page).
Since Juliet is a very visual learner, these books have helped her sit down and focus on the words of the song as we sing them. She enjoys the pictures as much as the music itself.
I wanted to share the songbooks that we have enjoyed together over the past year. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does cover a wide range of song styles and traditions.
I’ve divided the books into 5 sections: Nursery Rhymes/TraditionalLullabiesFolk SongsCamp SongsHolidaysReligious/SpiritualPatriotic (American), and Other. Feel free to skip over any categories that do not interest you.
Hopefully, it gives you a place to start in your search for books you can sing to.
Nursery Rhymes/Traditional:

The Golden Songbook: A Collection of Favorite Songs and Singing Games for Children

Some songs inside:
1. Frere Jacques
2. Sing a Song of Sixpence
3. Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
4. Hey Diddle Diddle
5. Pop Goes the Weasel
6. Did You Ever See a Lassie?
7. Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

8. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

9. I’m a Little Teapot as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

10. Shoo Fly as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

11. Row Row Row Your Boat as told and Illustrated by Iza Trapani

12. Mary Had a Little Lamb as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

13. How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

14. Old MacDonald by Amy Schwartz

15. Cat Goes Fiddle-i-Fee by Paul Galdone
16. The Farmer in the Dell illustrated by Kathy Parkinson
17. The Wheels on the Bus (A First Little Golden Book)


18. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring (Nursery Rhyme) by Kin Eagle
19. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback


Lullabies: An Illustrated Songbook, Music Arranged by Richard Kapp
You’ve heard me talk about about this one before. There was a time when we sang through this one every night before bed. Here is the list of ones we know (there are several more that I just am not familiar with.)
20. Hush, Little Baby
21. Dance to Your Daddy
22. Now the Day is Over
23. All the Pretty Little Horses
24. Sleep, Baby, Sleep
25. Brahms’ Lullaby
26. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
27. All Through the Night
28. Skidamarink
29. Day Is Done
30. Rock-a-Bye Baby
31. Little Boy Blue
32. Kumbayah
33. Toora, Loora, Loora
Folk Songs:
Gonna Sing My Head Off!: American Folk Songs for Children Collected and Arranged by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Allen Garns
This is the songbook I have been searching for ever since Juliet was born. It has some of my very favorites that I have been unable to find anywhere else. There are also a ton more that I don’t even know and I am sure are just as wonderful. Here are the ones we love:
34. Buffalo Gals
35. Clementine
36. Down in the Valley
37. Git Along, Little Dogies
38. Go Tell it On the Mountain
39. Home on the Range
40. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
41. Michael Row the Boat Ashore
42. Oh, Susannah!
43. On Top of Old Smokey
44. Red River Valley
45. The Riddle Song (I Gave my Love a Cherry)
46. Shall We Gather At the River?
47. She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
48. Sweet Betsey From Pike
49. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
50. There’s a Hole in the Bucket
51. This Land is Your Land
52. This Little Light of Mine

53. She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain by Suzanne Beaky
54. Old Chisholm Trail: A Cowboy Song by Rosalyn Schanzer
55. Buffalo Girls by Bobette McCarthy (no image available)

56. John Langstaff’s Frog Went A-Courtin’ Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
I had never heard of this song, but fell in love with it immediately. The illustrations in this version (there are many out there) are incredible. We LOVE this book and have recently added it to our home library.

57. Over in the Meadow  by Ezra Jack Keats
Camp Songs:
58. Make New Friends Illustrated by Nan Brooks

Camp Granada: Sing-Along Camp Songs by Frane Lessac
59. Make New Friends
60. Rise and Shine
61. Peanut Butter and Jelly
62. Worms
63. Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
64. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
65. Found a Peanut
66. Little Bunny Foo Foo
67. Taps

Over the River and Through the Wood

68. Over the River and Through the Wood

Sing-along Christmas Carolsby Priddy Books
69. Away in a Manger
70. Silent Night
71.We Wish You a Merry Christmas
72. Jingle Bells
73. Good King Wenceslas
74. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
75. O Little Town of Bethlehem
76. The Holly and the Ivy
77. I Saw Three Ships
79. The First Noel
80. O Christmas Tree
81. Deck The HallsIllustrated by Michael Hague (no image available)
82. Hilary Knight’s Twelve Days of Christmas
83. Brian Wildsmith’s the Twelve Days of Christmas

84. We Three Kings by Olga Zharkova
85. The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas
86. Winter Wonderland, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Religious/Spiritual: (I realize that this section is very limited as it only contains songs from our own religious tradition.)

I Can Be Happy in Jesus: Little Songs for Little Souls for Toddlers created by Steven Elkins, Illustrated by Lynne Davis (comes with a cd)

87. I’ve Got Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
88. He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
89. O How I Love Jesus
90. Rolled Away
91. Jesus In the Morning
92. Jesus Loves the Little Children
93. He Keeps Me Singing as I Go
94. I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

95. The Lord is My Shepherd: The Twenty-Third Psalm ( Little Golden Books) Illustrated by Tom LaPadula
Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan
96. This Little Light of Mine
97. Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In
98. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Patriotic Songs:

99. You’re a Grand Old Flag: A Jubilant Song About Old Glory  Illustrated by Todd Ouren

100. Yankee Doodle Illustrated by Todd Ouren

101. The Star Spangled Banner The Star-Spangled Banner Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(We also love another version by Peter Spier)

102. America the Beautiful Illustrated by Todd Ouren

103. America: My Country ‘Tis of Thee Illustrated by Todd Ouren

104. When Johnny Comes Marching Home: A Song About a Soldier’s Return  by Patrick S. Gilmore, Illustrated by Todd Ouren


105. Bake You a Pie [With CD]by Ellen Olson-Brown and Brian Claflin, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
I didn’t know this was a songbook until after we got home from the library. It came with a cd and the song was an instant hit with Juliet. She was singing it to herself after just one reading/singing–it’s that catchy. Each verse features a different style of music from gospel, to opera, to country, to robot! It’s REALLY fun book and a fun song. We’ll be singing this for many years to come.

106. Baby Beluga  by Raffi, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Believe it or not, I had NEVER heard this song before until we sang it at story time at the library a year ago. All the parents were singing along like it was as familiar as Twinkle Twinkle and I was just looking around thinking, “How did I miss this?” It’s such a fun song with a catchy tune, Juliet and I have been singing it together ever since and just recently found a copy at goodwill, so now we have it in our home library.
107. Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender Illustrated by Tom Browning

Go In and Out the Window: An Illustrated Songbook For Children (Music arranged and edited by Dan Fox)
If you are looking for one book with a GREAT variety of songs and amazing artwork (like the stuff that is in museums amazing), then this is the book for you. I recently checked it out at the library and fell in love. It’s put together by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it is just incredible. It’s a beautiful combination of music and art.
Here’s a sampling of some of the songs you can find inside:
108. Amazing Grace
109. Bringing in the Sheaves
110. Dixie
111. Greensleeves
112. Lavender’s Blue
113. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
114. On Top of Old Smokey
115. Scarborough Fair
116. Shenandoah
117. Skip to My Lou
118. We Gather Together
So, that’s the longest post I have ever written! Congrats, if you are still reading! You survived! I’d love to hear what your favorite songbook suggestions are. We are always looking for more good ones to check out!

harold’s trip to the sky

Harold’s Trip to the Sky by Crockett Johnson
You probably are familiar with Harold and the Purple Crayon . We checked that one out this week too, but Juliet only let me read it to her once because she much preferred this one by the same author.
I was somewhat surprised because I thought maybe this would be a little out of her age-level and perhaps a little bit scary, but she loved it and we read it at least 2 times a day this week.
Harold and his trusty purple crayon get up in the night to get a drink a water. I love how the beginning sets the stage for the overall theme of the book (fear of the unknown),

“One night Harold got up, made sure there was a moon so he wouldn’t see things in the dark, and went to get a drink of water. He wondered about the things people see in the dark, and where they came from.Go here to understand how the robotic trading software is easy to use and all that you need to do to start trading using the software is to fill up the registration form. The process is simple and completely hassles free.

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He was glad he couldn’t see them in the moonlight.”

He makes his way through a desert and eventually takes a rocket to the moon (because he remembered “how the government has fun on the desert. It shoots off rockets.)
Of course, it is dark in outerspace and he looks for a moon to light his way. He sees what looks like a moon, but is really a FLYING SAUCER. (This is Juliet’s favorite part.)
When he sees the flying saucer it says, “Harold had heard about flying saucers. People saw them in the dark. And nobody knew who was inside, flying them.”
He lands on a strange planet, which turns out to be Mars. Harold had heard of men on Mars, so he calls out to them. As he calls to them, “He thought of the flying saucer out there. He thought of the things people see in the dark. He felt a great need for company. “
He tries to draw a “man from mars”, but it is dark and he cannot see it’s face clearly. (This image is somewhat scary.) Suddenly, he does see it clearly. “It was the face of a thing. It was the face of a thing people see in the dark. And it was sitting in a flying saucer. Harold ran.”
At this point, Harold realizes that maybe this thing is on its way to earth to scare a young child, so he bravely heads back and draws a “completely damaging crack” in the flying saucer. (Juliet also loves this part.)
I won’t give details on the rest of the story, but he makes his way home and ends the book eating a nice bowl of hot oatmeal.
Like I said earlier, I really think this book is more suitable for an older child, but Juliet just loved it. She is now obsessed with flying saucers and drawing “damaging cracks” in them.
We have a little table with a chalkboard top that we used to reenact Harold’s adventure.
“Look! A flying saucer!” (insert frightened gasp here)
One swipe of her trusty blue chalk stick and the world is safe once again!
Do you have a favorite Harold book?

more birthday picture books

I wrote a post about collecting books for a birthday book box on Tuesday where I highlighted ten of our favorite birthday-themed books. So many of you commented to let me know your favorites, that I thought I would do a little more research. Also, I wanted to repost the suggestions so you could have them in one place.
(I couldn’t find images for all the books, but I did at least write all the titles out for you.)

Dr. Seuss Birthday Hat
(This is just a fun book-inspired birthday hat that I found in my research–thought you might like to see it.)
Raggedy Ann’s Birthday Party Book by Elizabeth Silbaugh, Illustrated by Laura Francesca Filippucci
I found this book during our weekly library trip yesterday–right after posting about our own Raggedy Ann book! Since Juliet is on a Raggedy Ann kick this week, I thought it was a good find.

The book is actually a really good candidate for a birthday box because it is more than just a story about a birthday. It’s also a book about birthday traditions and typical birthday celebration activities including birthday cardscakespresentsdecorations, and games.All that you need to do is to relax while the trading software takes trades on your behalf. You can also set the software to the manual mode so that you can trade with your own strategy.

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It details several projects/activities that children can do on their own like ideas for making handmade gifts, decorating their own wrapping paper, a recipe for a cake, and party game directions. I think I am going to look for a copy for Juliet’s birthday box. It’s a good one.

Happy Birthday, Everywhereby Arlene Erlbach, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
This was another library find. This one looks especially fun because it details the various birthday traditions from other countries besides the United States. Included are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Russia, Sudan, and the United States (featuring the Native American traditions of the Winnegabo Indians.)
It provides one traditional birthday activity that you and your kids can try together. For example, Australia’s activity is making Fairy Bread.
I love the international aspect of this book! We haven’t done any activities yet, but we are going to have fun with it later this week.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
This was suggested by Carol from Reading is Fundamental–I haven’t read it yet, but I do love Rosemary Wells.

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli was recommended by Adjuct Mom. She wrote, “My son swears by it and we start reading it at least a month before his birthday.” I LOVE No No Yes Yes by this same author, so I am eager to read this one.

Not Last Night But the Night Before by Colin McNaughton was recommended by Bill. It looks like a good one as well.
Okay, so if you have a copy of Becky’s Birthday by Tasha Tudor in your hands, you have a rare and collectible item! The cheapest one I could find online was $54.75!! I am a huge fan of Tasha Tudor, so I was hoping this would be easier to find, but alas. It seems that I will just have to cross my fingers and hope it turns up at our local goodwill someday. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I would love to have this for our birthday box.
Cranberry Birthday by Wende Devlin looks like a good one–no one recommended it to me, but the bearded man in his pajamas on the cover intrigues me.
I’m sure I must have read Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss at some point in my life, but I have no memory of it! Kelly recommended it, so I am off to find it!

Happy Birthday, Sam by Pat Hutchins
I’m including this one even though I have not read it yet because I am such a fan of Good-Night Owl by the same author.

The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle

We checked this out two weeks ago and Juliet insisted that we read it every day. It was a HUGE hit.

A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban
I remember liking this one as a girl. I’m pretty sure our library has a copy we can check out.
Terry from the Reading Tub suggested this book Two Birthdays for Beth by Gay Lynn Cronin about a young girl who celebrates her adoption day, too.
Here are the rest of the recommendations:
Infant Bibliophile recommended Who Are You, Sue Snue? by Dr. Seuss
Terry from the Reading Tub recommended Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  and A Birthday Present for Mama
Brimful Curiosities suggested Birthday Monsters!  by Sandra Boynton (here’s a review of this book by Crafts-n-things for Children if you want to see pics), Spot Bakes a Cake  by Eric Hill, and Curious George and the Birthday Surprise.

Amanda recommended If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Yum-Yummy Birthday Cake 
And lastly, one I tried to find, but had no luck is Candles, Cakes, and Donkey Tails: Birthday Symbols and Celebrations by Lila Perl. It details birthday symbols and celebrations. I am hoping our library has a copy.
And here are a few more ideas I had after searching our library catalogue:
Serafina’s Birthday by Alma Flor Ada
Happy Birthday, Moon  by Frank Asch
The Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperring
Eeyore Has a Birthday by A. A. Milne
Birthdays around the World by Mary D. Lankford
Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson
Tiger’s Birthdayby Mercer Mayer
Babar’s Birthday Surprise by Laurent de Brunhoff
I hope this list is helpful to you! Please feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments!

birthday books to read with your preschooler

Juliet turned 3 last week and I have been busy with birthday preparations (she requested a mermaid birthday party–more on that later, I promise!)

My friend Julie (of pancake fame) told me about a tradition she has with her daughter–a birthday book box. They have a box of birthday-themed books that she brings out especially for the month of her daughter’s birthday. They read these books all throughout the month and then when it is over, they put them away until the next year. (By the way, she recently started a new blog called Anyways–check it out!)

I thought this was a fun and special way to use books to celebrate a child’s birthday. We do the same thing with our Christmas books (bring them out every December and then pack them away until next year),The helpful resources will let you analyze if the trade that you have taken should have a single or multiple targets. This is important because when you have multiple targets you do not risk your entire capital on the trade for the long move but keep taking profits in between while at the same time you benefit from the move in the market.

so I thought this would work really well.

I didn’t have time to search for special birthday books for our box this year, but I did go through our collection and pulled ten that feature a birthday scene in them (you know, cake, party hats, candles, etc.)
So here are our top ten birthday books scenes from some of our favorite books:

1. Charlotte and the White Horse by Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Okay, so this is not one of our favorite books as far as stories go, but I do LOVE the illustrations. (Maurice Sendak never disappoints.) Why is the horse crying? Because it’s his party and he can cry if he wants to.

2. A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
I love Peter and this picture of him blowing out his candles with his dog Willie. Have you read The Snowy Day and A Whistle for Willieyet?

3. Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Condor Soule, Illustrated by Denman Hampson
How many times can I mention this book on my blog? Apparently, not enough! Here it is again…sorry for the overkill, but this party-ready duck is too cute to resist.

4. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
This dog party is one of our all-time favorite parties. For a long time I was hoping to recreate this as her party theme. But then she requested mermaids, so I had to set it aside. Maybe next year we can have a dog party.

5. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
Do hatch-days count? I think they do. This tiny bird has quite the adventure on his first hatch-day. This is one that I remember reading with my mother when I was a little girl.

6. Is it Time for the Party?
This is one of those vintage Hallmark books that I picked up at goodwill. I know nothing about it except that it is really beautiful and Juliet adores it. It really is about a birthday party (unlike most of the other books in this list that just feature a party in them.) Do you see the clock hands? They really turn. This is part of the appeal.

7. Wee Mouses Peekaboo House by Jean Hirashima
This is a board book that we loved to read together when Juliet was a one-year old. I dug it out of storage because we love this birthday party image so much. Little Marty is having a party. I remember spending lots of time pouring over all the details of the party with my little Juliet. Her favorite part was the big bowl of blueberries.

8. The Little Kitten by Judy Dunn
Did you read these books as a kid? I had the one about a duck. I kept looking and looking for it when Juliet was first born and could never find it. I did find all the other versions, the goat, the rabbit, the kitty…finally, my mom discovered my old copy in her attic, so now I have that one, too. This one features Pickle the kitten who gets into trouble at Jenny’s birthday party. I love the 70s/80s party gear. I think I sported that knee-high/jumper look at my birthday parties, too.

9. A New Dress for Maya by Malorie Blackman
I love the images in this book–the watercolor is beautiful. Maya wants a store-bought dress, but has to “settle” for one her mother makes. This is a nice reminder that not getting what you want may not always be a bad thing.

10. Little Bear’s Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
We’ll start and end with Sendak. Little Bear is one of Juliet’s all time favorites and this party at owl’s is one we read about often.
Do you have any favorite birthday books? What would you put in your birthday box?
I’m linking up to OhAmanda for Top Ten Tuesday! Check out her site for more great top ten lists!

how to make a car out of a cardboard box

I saw a really fun idea on Fantastic Find a few weeks ago that became a last minute Christmas Eve project and gift for Juliet.
The post title was A Big Box is Fun! and it featured an ad from a Family Fun Magazine for Jim Henson’s Possibility Shop. The image of the “car you can wear” looked like just the thing Juliet would love.
So, since we had a spare box in our garage, Ben and I sent to work to transform this…
Into this!

We wrapped a box in pink wrapping paper, wrapped some bowls and wrapping paper tubes in foil, and hot glued them on. This is the front.

And this is the back. There are two ribbons (not pictured) that work as straps. Juliet puts the car “on” and “rides” around the house.The Ethereum Code trading robot trades using a trade plan. The trade plan is used to specify clearly when the trader will enter the market, when will he exit the market and what his stop loss will be on each trade. The trade plan will also let you know how to trail the stop loss.


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She loves it, but at this point, a week or so later, it is pretty much in shambles and missing 1 wheel, all taillights and headlights, the bumper, front grill, and the pink paper is ripping in several spots! (Maybe hot glue was not the best adhesive option?)
At any rate, we have had fun with it and I will be moving it to the recycle box soon. I love toys that you can get rid of guilt-free!

zoo-themed tea party activity idea

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, Illustrated by Beni Montresor, published 1964

This was a fabulous vintage find for us this week! We were sort of rushing to get out of the library (we were meeting friends at the park afterwards and needed to hurry), so I just grabbed a few books off the shelves without really looking inside of them. I did pull several duds, but this one more than makes up for the losers of the bunch.
A little boy is invited to tea at the castle on Sunday by the King and Queen. He brings a friend (this lovely giraffe).

The royal couple

Aren’t they charming? So in love as kings and queens ought to be.

The boy keeps being invited to the castle and he keeps bringing his animal friends.

Here are the lions. (It’s Halloween, so they are wearing masks!)

Aren’t the illustrations amazing? I love every page.

On the final day of the week, the king and queen join the boy and his friends for tea at the city zoo. It’s fun and very captivating to a child–tea with a king and queen and animals to go with it? Read more about it to know why you need to be clear on the amount of risk that you wish to take on each trade. This is important because it will let you decide on the number of stocks that you can take per trade. Risk is nothing but the amount of money that you are ready to lose for a reward. Make sure that the reward on each trade is more than the risk that you are ready to take on that particular trade. The reward should at least be two times the risk on the trade.


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After reading this book, we couldn’t help but have our own tea party with our zoo animals! Anyone have any good tea party books to share?