Books on Family

Baby, Baby!

Title: Baby Makes Five (2000)

Authors: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House


On this Family Friday we continue our focus on the littlest member of the family, the baby! Though little, a baby can be a big deal! The Berenstain Bears are here again to teach us how to deal with a new sibling.

For the longest time in the big tree house, in Bear County, it was only Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear. Then one day everything changed when Honey Bear arrived! Now Brother Bear was an old pro, as he had been through all of this before when Sister Bear was born! He was use to the crying, fussing, burping,and all that came with a baby. Sister Bear on the other hand was the youngest and did not like all of the attention that Honey Bear was receiving from Papa and Mama Bear. Sister Bear was a bit jealous! Even her Aunt, Uncle, and all of Bear County, it seemed, focused all of their attention on the baby. Sister Bear grew grumpy and angry, even taking her anger out on her toys. When she did not include Honey Bear in her family drawing at school Mama Bear knew she has to do something! She pulled out the old home movies, featuring Sister Bear as a baby! And guess what? Sister Bear did the same things that Honey Bear does! This is all it took for Sister Bear to come around and accept that Honey Bear was indeed part of the family and was not going anywhere!

A new baby in the house can be very hard on siblings, especially the youngest sibling as they have been use to being the baby of the family. It is good to talk with and prepare siblings for a new baby before the day baby comes home. Reading books such as this one about babies and everything that comes along with having a baby in the house will help siblings better prepare and know what to expect. Mama Bear used a very good technique in showing Sister Bear videos of herself as a baby. Siblings will realize that they to cried, fussed burped too! Remind and show siblings that they are still special and that the new baby has not taken their place by spending some special one on one time away from the baby or house where the focus can solely be one the older sibling. Bringing a new baby home is frought with changes and challenges but it is a great time to develop and strengthen that sibling bond which will last for a lifetime!


My favorite part of this book: When Sister Bear added Honey Bear to her family drawing!


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and Mama’s New Job

▪The BB Learn About Strangers

▪The BB and The Sitter

Classic Children's Books


Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989)

Authors: Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Published by: Simon & Schuster


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is our featured book for Throwback Thursday! This is a fun classic book that children still love! A great book to teach children the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

A sequel to this book, Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 was published in 2004.

Classic Children's Books

A Frog for Dinner!

Title: Frog Goes To Dinner (1974)

Author: Mercer Mayer

Published by: Puffin Books


Our classic children’s book for this Throwback Thursday is, Frog Goes To Dinner.   This is a wordless classic about a boy, his frog, and a disaster of a dinner.  Lulu and I love reading wordless books as we can make up and change the story each time we read it!  This book is a fun story to tell in your own words and the illustrations by Mayer are so lively and detailed, they make the story so fun!


3 other books by Mercer Mayer:

▪A Boy, A Dog, A Frog and A Friend (1967)

▪Just Go To Bed (1983)

▪There’s Something in My Attic (1988)

Books on Values

Nyah! Nyah! Nyah!

 Title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (1995)

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House Inc.


The Berenstain Bears are here on this Teaching Values Tuesday to teach us about, teasing!  Most of us have teased someone and/or been teased in our lifetime.  Teasing is a part of childhood, but not a good part.  But sometimes only when the teaser becomes the teased do they learn the lesson that teasing hurts.

Brother Bear loves to tease his Sister Bear!  Which may seem normal among siblings.  But Sister Bear did not like it when Brother Bear teased her, she thought he was being very mean when he did so and it hurt her feelings.  Mama Bear told Sister not to be so sensitive, and Papa Bear brushed teasing off as a part of life.  They did not do too much to discourage or prevent Brother from teasing Sister.  Brother only begins to learn his lesson about teasing others when he begins to get teased at school.  He finds that he does not like it, as it makes him sad and angry.  He soon realizes how he makes Sister feel when he teases her.

Unfortunately some people do not learn that teasing is wrong and hurtful at a young age like Brother.  So it is important to address and speak to children about teasing when we see it.  Nip it in the bud before it is allowed to blossom.  Starting at home, siblings, cousins, or any family member should not be allowed to tease one another.  Even if it seems like light-hearted child’s play you do not really know how it is affecting the child it is being directed at.  And tolerating it sends the wrong message to the teaser that it is okay. Yes, we must also teach children how to deal with being teaesed because it is going to happen, but we must stress even more that one should not tease another.  Children often tease because they are jealous, insecure, or do not understand something or someone different than them.  Address the root of teasing to help curb it.  Children who are allowed to tease grow into adults who think it is acceptable  to do so, and it simply is not.


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and the Sitter (1981)

▪The BB and Too Much T.V. (1984)

▪The BB Forget Their Manners  (1985)

Classic Children's Books

Peachy Keen!


Title: Each Peach Pear Plum (1978)

Author: Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Originally Published by: Kestrel

Current Publisher: Peguin Young Reader


Each Peach Pear Plum is our first Classic Children’s book feature for Throwback Thursday!  A classic I Spy book!  Children will enjoy looking for their favorite nursery rhyme characters such as, Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill, the Three Bears, etc…  Young children will have fun searching through the beautifully illustrated pictures and enjoy the details on every page!  Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless childhood classic that is still fun to read with children today!

About the Authors: Janet (Oct. 21, 1944-Nov. 15, 1994) and Allan Ahlberg (June 5, 1938) were a dynamic husband and wife writer/illustrator team in Britain. Allan writing and Janet illustrating.  They published over 100 children’s books between the two of them, many authored together, their first book was published in 1976!


Awards for Each Peach Pear Plum:

▪Kate Greenaway Medal  (1978)

🌟 The Kate Greenway Medal is an annual British literary award for distinguished illustration in a children’s book.


3 other books by Janet & Allan Ahlberg:

▪Funny Bones (1980)

▪The Jolly Postman (1986)

▪Starting School (1988)