Children’s Book Giveaway: Just Like Me!
August 17, 2010

A few months back, I contacted Child’s Play International about promoting their sign language board books on this website.  You will see a collection of those books later this fall; today I want to draw your attention to a series of books that I had never heard of until they threw a couple in the box.

And then, I fell in love.

Okay, maybe not in love.  But certainly in very deep like.  I have four of the books from this series – the Just Like Us! or Just Like Me! series authored by Jess Stockham – now and I am always on the look-out for the rest.  Charlotte, on the other hand?  Charlotte is in love.

The book that we read most often is called Eating Well: Just Like Me! although Making Friends: Just Like Us! is a close second.  All of the books are short board books with only five spreads, and each spread contains a flap that opens up.  For example, the first page of Eating Well: Just Like Me! says “Mouse likes tasty oats.”  The image opposite the sentence shows a mouse nibbling on oats, and when you open the flap, there is a baby happily chowing down on some oatmeal.  Near the baby, there is a short quip: “Me too!”

My daughter is not ordinarily a big fan of books with flaps, but she cannot get enough of these.  She loves the baby faces in the books, she loves that they are doing the same things that she does, and she especially loves the vibrant colors of the illustrations.  They may be simple, but they are perfect for her.  I now keep at least one of these books in our diaper bag at all times because she loves them that much.

It borders on an obsession for her, really.

Pros:  Children love identifying with the animals and babies illustrated in the books.  All of the books are simple, which kids love, and are easy for adults to act out.  One book says, for example “Polar bears cuddle closely…just like us!” which is, ADMIT IT, a lot of fun to act out with a small child.  Of course, my small child happens to push me away every time we reach this page, WHAT IS WITH THAT?  I BIRTHED YOU, SMALL CHILD!  I PUSHED YOU OUT OF MY WOMB!  WHAT’S SO HARD ABOUT A LITTLE CUDDLING?!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: I think it’s worth it to look into at least one or two of these books.  They really are quite fun for babies and toddlers.

Reading Tip: Why not give interactive books a whirl?  There are books that will ‘read’ to your child for you, books that make sounds when you press buttons, books that have pop-up illustrations and pull tabs and spin wheels and flaps you can open.  You might need to invest your life savings in Scotch tape if you have a young baby, and I still prefer plain story-books, but even I have to admit that nothing is sweeter than watching a toddler discover something new about books and reading.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this question: what is something that you have in common with an animal? (such as eating tasty oats, or cuddling closely, etc.)  BE CREATIVE!  Or funny.  Or both.  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winners will be announced next Tuesday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

As I mentioned, we have four of these books and we love them all.  (I am currently eyeing number five…)  I also have one each of those four to give away, so there will be four winners.

To purchase this book: You can buy any of the books through Amazon.com by looking up the author Jess Stockham (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

An announcement: The winner of last week’s book giveaway (Gossie) was Sara.  Congratulations, Sara!  Also, YOU LIVE IN LOS ANGELES, WHAT?!

Obviously there are, like, a kazillion people in the general Los Angeles area who have children.  But I swear it astounds me every time I find one on the Internet.  It’s like, HOW DO I NOT KNOW YOU?  Even though, you know, I do not know the people who live even two blocks away from me.

Does that happen to other people?  No?  Just me?  OKAY THEN.


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  1. By Sarah Mu on August 17, 2010

    Hm…an animal….well, my pregnancy has caused me to grow a bit of fuzzy slightly visible hair on my belly so I think I have a lot in common with most hairy mammals. Also lactating of course….

  2. By on August 17, 2010

    Everybody poops.

    ‘Nuff said.

  3. By on August 17, 2010

    My maternal instinct to protect my daughter—at any cost—feels very animalistic and primal.

  4. By on August 17, 2010

    I have hairy arms-my hubby always compares them to a spider monkey.  He says this in the sweetest way possible…

  5. By on August 17, 2010

    I’m like a bear that likes to hibernate in the winter-staying inside all curled up!

  6. By Jennifer W on August 17, 2010

    I’m a pack rat….I keep EVERYTHING. I went to a Fat Tuesday party years ago and got really cools beads (not the proper way…I just asked :D). I have been keeping them for years and years. My husband tells me to toss them and my reply is “What if…“ According to him, anything that starts with “what if” needs to be tossed.

  7. By on August 17, 2010

    My husband always tells me that I am sneaky like a rhinoceros.

  8. By Lauren @ In the Pudding Club on August 17, 2010

    Otters are playful and like shell fish - Me TOO!

  9. By Kate on August 17, 2010

    My cats love to sleep- I do too.

  10. By Jill on August 17, 2010

    I’m pregnant with my second.  While my first naps, my cat and I cuddle and nap.  I think I’m most like a cat.
    (My son also LOVES these books but, unlike your daughter, he’s obsessed with flaps.)

  11. By Melissa on August 17, 2010

    These days I feel like a mother bird: I have one little guy still in the nest, and one getting ready to test his wings (at preschool).

  12. By on August 17, 2010

    I have much in common with my tortoiseshell cat.  I like to sleep, eat, and cuddle, and I enjoy the sounds and smells of nature, especially birds.  We both enjoy milk products very much, but I do not share her passion for cat food morcels.  On the not so positive side, I can also give dirty looks like she does, though she is the real queen of giving side-long evil eyes.  I don’t think mine are not anywhere near as effective as hers.  She (my cat) can also be peevish on not-so-rare occasions. .  One of her nicknames is “the pissy kitty” —we love the alliteration in it.  (Is ‘alliteration’ the right word?)  Anyway, what I mean to say is that we love the rhymeyness of the phrase “pissy kitty”.  (Now I know that rhymeyness is most definitely not a word, but I think you get my gist.)  So this is all to say that I can be peevish like my kitty who likes to get what she wants (and generally does get it).  But my hubby and I also like to joke about who between the two of us is the most pissy and peevish in temperament like our kitty.  (And since I’m the one here to report, I would say that he wins there more often than not!)

    Sorry, if this post is a bit non-sensical, I am about to drift off into sleep here.  But wanted to read your latest review tonight on its first day of public release.  I love your book reviews and giveaways.  I am much less familiar with the additions to the children’s literature genre than I am with those that have been in the canon since the 70s and 80s.

  13. By *emilie* on August 17, 2010

    well, my nickname is bambi. (with tattoos) (who likes beer)..
    no, really, i’m always wondering why people are mean, and this and that.. so apparently i’m bambi-ish-sensitive.

  14. By on August 18, 2010

    A Monkey - a momma monkey, I skype with my parents from Iowa all the time with my little one on my lap and I am constanly picking at her ears or whiping her face or brushing her hair out of her face, so my parents refer to me a momma monkey, and yes I love it, nothing warms my heart more than being a momma!

  15. By Jennifer W on August 18, 2010

    Another animal I am most like…flamingo. For some reason, I always stand on one leg with the other bent. I can’t help it…it’s the most comfortable thing in the world for me.

  16. By Bethany on August 18, 2010

    I could only think of an animal that my little sweets has in common with - a pengiun, they both waddle when they walk :)

  17. By on August 18, 2010

    Oh my - my post from last night was a bit nonsensical and full of typos.  Guess I was really sleepy when I wrote it.  Sorry about that!

    So as I was saying, I am like my cat.  Another way that I am like my cat is that I love to take baths.  I swear she takes like 20 baths a day, many of them carried out in the actual bathtub with the water running (that is, dripping)!  What a clean kitty!  I wish I could spend all day bathing and preening - well, maybe not ALL day!

  18. By on August 19, 2010

    I am told that I am like an elephant because I never forget anything (except for a touch here and there of “pregnant brain”).

  19. By beyond on August 19, 2010

    after a visit to the farmer’s market i always eat a couple of carrots as soon as i get home. like a rabbit would.

  20. By Jennifer W on August 19, 2010

    Haha…one of the above posters reminded me that I too am like a penguin. I’m 9 months pregnant…so I definitely waddle. :)

  21. By on August 19, 2010

    We had a nesting pair of Eastern Phoebes outside our home, and to be perfectly honest, they are not the tidiest of housekeepers.  Though it was still really cool to have them so close to us!  So I guess I’m a bit like an Easter Phoebe.

  22. By on August 19, 2010

    I’m like a momma bird getting her nest ready for her baby

  23. By on August 20, 2010

    I’m like a turtle because I like to downsize and be able to carry whatever I need on my back!

  24. By beyond on August 20, 2010

    sometimes i’m like a cat because i like to curl up and doze for a few minutes.

  25. By on August 20, 2010

    I am intensely loyal, to a fault, just like my trusty and loveable dog!

  26. By Jennifer W on August 20, 2010

    I am sometimes like a bear in hibernation. I’ll stay inside in the dark, lying down all day long. It’s so relaxing for me.

  27. By Mary Elizabeth on August 21, 2010

    I would have to say I am definitely a cat - very independent and always, always ready for a nap!!!

  28. By on August 21, 2010

    I am like a chimpanzee.  But, then again, who isn’t!  Don’t we share something like 98% of our DNA?  So, yes, most definitely, I’m very chimp-like.  But not quite a cute as a chimp, alas.

  29. By Lisa on August 22, 2010

    Thank you so much for blogging about wonderful children’s books! I’m expecting my first and can’t wait for storytime. My dog and I have a common love for salads; he is at my side whenever the veggies come out. His absolute favourite is tomatoes and last week I discovered he likes kale. Hope I win a book!


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