What We’re Reading Wednesday: Spotlight on Sandra Boynton

Happy What We’re Reading Wednesday!

I wanted to take a moment this week to spotlight one of our family’s favorite authors.  Our oldest daughter’s fifth birthday is in a few weeks, and I am feeling particularly nostalgic this month.  I’ve been going through old pictures and videos and thinking back on all of the things that have made her earliest years so much fun.  At the top of this list is our collection of books by Sandra Boynton.

Each page of Boyton’s books are filled with animals and incredibly fun and silly stories.  Once you’ve read a Boyton book, there is no mistaking her unique illustrations and engaging way with words.  She is gifted with the ability to turn the most normal and routine aspects of life into absolute celebration!  One of my own personal favorites is Pajama Time, a book which invites us all to “Get yourself set to pajama-dee-bop!”

Our oldest daughter’s first ever favorite book is Boyton’s Moo, Baa, La La La.  The public library we frequented regularly when she was a toddler had an oversized version of Moo, Baa, La La La and Dacey chose it nearly ever week to take home with us.  I even found a picture of her reading it at twelve months:

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Another book from Boyton’s collection that is particularly meaningful to me is Blue Hat, Green Hat. Dacey had a severe speech delay in the first three years of her life, and she was extremely non-verbal.  She smiled and giggled a lot when she was happy, but the first time we ever got to experience a full-on belly laugh was when her daddy read Blue Hat, Green Hat to her.  For some reason, this story of the little turkey who just couldn’t quite dress himself the right way amused her so much.  The “Oops!” that punctuates every other page of this book caused her to explode into unstoppable belly laughing every time she heard it.

Other favorites for our family are Doggies, Barnyard Dance, and The Going to Bed Book.

Boyton’s sense of rhythm and rhyme pervades every book, and so it is no surprise that she some of her books come with accompanying CDs.  In 2009, Boynton released One Shoe Blues – a storybook, song, and musical short film featuring legend B.B. King (and lots of sock puppets).  You can read more (and watch videos!) about One Shoe Blues at Boynton’s website.

There is little doubt why six of Boyton’s books appear on the Publisher’s Weekly All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books list!

In our part of the world, winter lacks color.  Bring some much-needed color and fun and silliness into your home with a selection from the Boyton collection.  I promise you there will be smiles all around!

Does your family have a favorite Sandra Boynton book or story you would like to share?

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  1. Oh, my goodness. We LURVE Sandra Boynton books. I’ve got most of them memorized and so do my kids. They’re great for potty training because they’re silly and short. Just what you need to keep things light and fun. My favorite Boynton memory is from “Red Hat, Green Hat.” When the turkey puts on all his clothes and dives into the pool at the end, we would always finish with an “oops! Silly turkey!” My daughter loved that part and quickly learned to say it herself. “Ooops! Widdy Gurk-ee!”

    Now, any time we encounter the ridiculous in our family (which is often), we call each other “widd-ee gurk-ees.”
    .-= Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae´s last blog ..Transition =-.

  2. That picture is adorable. We love Sandra Boynton around here too and have all of her books. We read my three year old The Belly Button Book and Snuggle Puppy every night for his first two years until his taste branched out. My daughter LOVES Red Hat, Blue Hat and my favorite is Personal Penguin. I never thought I’d see the day where I had a favorite children’s book but I do!
    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Why Didn’t Somebody Warn Us – Part Two On Going Dye Free =-.

  3. We love The Belly Button book. In fact, my husband sometimes does recitations of it as a party trick.
    .-= LeAnna´s last blog ..Humble Pie =-.

  4. My kiddos are now 6 and 4, but I can still recite every word of Pajama Time, Snoozers, and The Going to Bed Book by heart as they were requested every single night from the moment they were verbal!

    If you haven’t discovered her music albums, you’re missing out! We have Philadelphia Chickens, Dog Train, and Blue Moo– Philadelphia Chickens is definitely our favorite and still gets requested in the car. In fact, Philadelphia Chickens is usually our standard 1st birthday present to our friends– we think that highly of it!
    .-= Diana (Ladybug Limited)´s last blog ..Review: Veggie Tales: St. Nicholas — A Story of Joyful Giving =-.

  5. I love the belly button book and what’s wrong little pookie. [2010|01|466b90f9fb8e0dcbc1b86c8163ed3609]
    .-= vanessa ´s last blog ..Baptism =-.

  6. One of my friends sent me Moo, Baa, La La La and Snuggle Puppy when I was pregnant. I now read them as part of my son’s nap time routine (he’s 9 months) and he loves them! He especially loves all the animal sounds. I plan to purchase more of her books soon!
    .-= Francine´s last blog ..This is a Scrapbooking Blog, right? =-.

  7. We are big fans of Snuggle Puppy!

  8. I have several of these on Bekah’s Amazon list. That you enjoy them so much just recommends them even more!

  9. We love Sandra Boynton here also! One of my kids favorites was (and still is) the Going to Bed book. Snuggle Puppy was also one that I read to them a lot. She does such great books!
    .-= Marie´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What are you Reading? =-.

  10. We LOVE Sandra Boynton. My daughters favorites are Barnyard Dance and the Going to Bed Book. I think mine is Birthday Monsters.

  11. We love Sandra Boynton too. We love to read “Doogies” and eventually our dog will howl along with it. It never ceases to amuses my boys.
    .-= Erin´s last blog .."I’m going to fly in the sky mommy and I’m going to take you with me." =-.

  12. We also love Sandra Boynton. You mentioned our favorites: Moo Baa Fa La La, Pajama Time. My son also loves The Belly Button Book and Let’s Dance Little Pookie. We just got Your Personal Penguin, too!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Chicken Soft Taco Filling =-.

  13. We love the going to bed book. I may have read it every night for twelve years and it has become one of our stories when we are too tired for stories and we just lie in the dark and say it while little folk fall asleep…
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..Se7en Thoughts About Babies and Sleep… =-.

  14. I used to sing “Snuggle Puppy” to my daughter. It’s an especially good read with Valentine’s Day coming up.
    .-= Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities´s last blog ..The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – Caldecott Buzz =-.

  15. Sandra Boynton is great! She has such a wonderful way with words. When my son was small, we read Moo Baa La La La about a million times. We’d recite it in the car, at the dinner table, pretty much anywhere. My son is six now, but I think I could still recite the whole book. Thanks for brings back great memories!
    .-= Alyse´s last blog ..Nature, it’s all around me – So I have to take photos! =-.

  16. LOVE her! i/we adore the belly button book and the barnyard dance. found 2 of her books at goodwill for .30 and .60. couldn’t pass that up even with a few bumps and bruises on the books.
    .-= stacey´s last blog ..Accountability or Memory Jogger~whatever it takes! =-.

  17. We love Barnyard Dance, and just got The Going to Bed Book for Miriam for Christmas… will definitely be acquiring more of these! Love her silly rhymes and the bright pictures are great…

  18. DOG TRAIN!!! DOG TRAIN!!!! DOG TRAIN!!!! So very entertaining, for both kids and adults. The CD is always in the changer!