Close your eyes and image this scenario. You and your spouse go out to dinner at 8 p.m. You order drinks, you order appetizers, and you don’t care what’s on the kids menu. You keep your phone in your purse. You talk and listen to each other at dinner and decide to go out for another drink or two. You don’t look at the clock. You don’t calculate the hours until the tiny human alarm clock(s) will wake you up. You go home, you eat leftovers and watch TV and crash, waking up when your body tells you it’s rested. You go to brunch, you drink hot coffee and feel recharged.
Could this really be a reality? Apparently if you are a llama.
This month’s Toddler Book Club will leave you fantasizing about what you would do with 18 hours of interrupted time as you read “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” by Anna Dewdney.
“This is what is called a fantasy,” I told my son Levi when we read this book for the first time.
All kidding aside, this month’s read is an adorable tale in the Llama Llama series about an overnight trip to grandma and grandpa’s house. Whether you have grandparents in close proximity or make visits a part of family vacations, this sweet story is perfect for toddlers who are beginning to associate and understand family roles outside of mommy and daddy. It is also a great way to share the lesson about babysitters and easing the fear of separation anxiety. I found it very timely!
Things we liked about it:
- We received this read for free from the Imagination Library, which was a great gift
- A more advanced lesson shared in a story made easy for kids to understand
- Great illustrations
- A recognizable character from the Llama Llama books (they are all so cute)
- Perfect for summer travel
- Where did Llama Llama stay the night?
- How would you like to stay the night (or visit) your grandma and grandpa (relative, friend, etc.)?
- What is your favorite toy to take to bed?
- What would you pack if you were going on a trip?
Recommendations for Book Club pairings:
- Favorite recipes from your child’s grandma and grandpa
- Travel food: Crackers, apple slices, pouches and juice boxes
- Cookies (grandparents always have cookies)
Follow up activities:
- Visit grandma and grandpa!
- Call or FaceTime the grandparents if they aren’t in driving distance
- Practice packing a suitcase or backpack for a pretend vacation
- Camp out in sleeping bags in your living room
- Plan your next family vacation or road trip
What are your kids reading this summer?