Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Heidi Bee Roemer
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Dinner is done, and it is time for baby to get ready for bed. Mom and Dad help baby through his bedtime routine, which includes taking a bath, putting on his pajamas, reading books, and singing songs. At every stage, baby interacts with his environment. In the bath, he pops bubbles and swims with his rubber duck toy. When getting dressed, he wiggles his toes and slips his own arm into a sleeve. And finally, when he is laid down in his bed, he cuddles his teddy bear and gives kisses and hugs to Mom and Dad. Now he is ready for sleep.
Peekity Boo What You Can Do! is a great book to read young children at bedtime. The tone is fun and lighthearted, yet also soothing and comforting. The illustrations depict a loving, attentive family and help to establish comforting feelings before bedtime. The rhyming pattern in the text makes the book engaging and fun to listen to. The relationship the baby has with his environment may serve to encourage young children to more confidently and independently interact with their environments in similar ways.