Have you ever noticed how young children flock to water? Public fountains, water tables, sprinklers... it's all heaven to young kids. These books are all about different kinds of water but what they all have in common is that they are great books to share with your kids.
Bedtime Kiss For Little Fish by Lorie Ann Grover is a sweet little board book for babies and young toddlers. All the animals in the sea are getting ready for bed in this bright, rhyming book. I love the illustrations by Debra Ziss and the calm feeling of this bedtime book.
Ruby's Storm by Amy Hest is a story about a little girl on her way to her Grandpa's house in the middle of a storm. The rain and wind don't bother Ruby because she knows that Grandpa is waiting for her and the treats she has packed for both of them. This book reminded me of Little red riding hood without the wolf, although Ruby's hood was yellow. I enjoyed the message that if what you are looking forward to is something happy even if there is a storm to go through you can do it with a smile.
Rain Romp by Jane Kurtz is all about being grouchy, letting it out and celebrating being with your family who loves you even when you are grouchy. The little girl wakes up in a foul mood and the weather agrees. In the midst of her grumpy behavior she rushes out and stomps about in the rain. Soon she is soaked and happy! I love this book because it's a great example of a young child working through emotions, and parents who understand how and when to step in , and how and when to just let her go.
Beach Party by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback I've never really understood the title of this book, because it's not really about a party so much as how all these sea animals move. Either way the book is fun and my son loves it. He likes to move like the animals , the fun illustrations are bright, simple and happy. I read this first to my son when he was about 1 but he didn't really get into it until 6 months later when he could start to copy the way the animals move and groove.