Goodnight Gorilla

What is it Goodnight Gorilla is a bedtime book about a zookeeper (and his wife) who are putting zoo animals to bed for the night. Who is it for Board books that are meant to be read at bedtime are normally best for younger children, 2 or 3, but Goodnight Gorilla has so many little… Continue reading Goodnight Gorilla

Sandra Boynton

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Shake a Leg!

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The Doghouse

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I’ll See You in the Morning

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

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Peek-A Who?

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Geckos Make a Rainbow, Geckos Go To Bed

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I like vegetables

[amazon_link asins=’0763652830′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65092a9a-40bf-11e7-bd50-a9403d4d2538′] This is a board book about vegetables (obviously) and opposites (above/below, inside/outside, etc.) and also has textures on the pages that the kids can feel. It’s a simple book but one of the popular ones. Our 4-year-old even pulls it out sometimes.