With the warm and sunny weather we're experiencing in Benton County right now, I thought I'd recommend one of my favorite books to share with babies and toddlers on a hot, sunny day:
Splash! by Flora McDonnell (Candlewick Press, 1999)
The jungle animals are all very hot. But leave it to the baby elephant to find a fun and refreshing way to cool off in the sun! This is a fun one to introduce dialogic reading into as well. As you read the story, pause and ask your child when he or she has felt really hot before. What did he or she do to try to cool off? Where is the baby elephant leading the animals?
Stay cool and protected in the heat...and have fun outside this week!