Children’s Book Giveaway: Star Baby.
May 25, 2010

I may have mentioned this once or twice or twelve thousand times, but Charlotte and I have a morning routine.  She wakes up, rubbing her eyes, smiling hello, and I sing to her.  A lullaby that I remember from my mom.  An old ditty I heard on the radio.  And as I change her diaper, I tell her what our plans are for the day.

Then we read.  And the first book on the list is almost always Star Baby, written by Margaret O’Hair and illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono.


What’s reading without some fun and games involved?

There are a few reasons that I made Star Baby our go-to morning book.  First of all, it outlines an entire day AT HOME.  This sounds so obvious, but it is phenomenally difficult to find a book for a child that shows a day from start to finish…at home.  And since our home is where Charlotte and I spend most of our time, it’s nice to show her a book with a mother and baby going through the same day that we do.  It’s timeless.  Mother and baby play peek-a-boo, change a diaper, the mother helps her child walk, there is naptime and playtime and a visit to the park.  They even read together.

Seriously, THIS BOOK IS MY LIFE.

Secondly, I like the illustrations.  Actually, no.  I love the illustrations.  They are bright and cozy, with a lot of warm yellows and oranges.  Moreover, even though the illustrations show the many activities of a curious child, they are not overwhelming.  They are some of my favorite children’s book illustrations.

And the last reason I picked it is because the rhyme is awesome.  O’Hair has a very unique style of rhyme and it captivates me.  I memorized this book months ago and I could probably sing it to you forwards and backwards in my sleep, but it still makes me laugh and smile and nod my head in agreement.

Pros: This is a great book for a young baby.  I think the biggest pro is that it shows what is, in many families, a typical day.

Cons: None.  I’ve been reading this book every day for months and I have not yet wanted to claw my eyes out.  So that’s saying something.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Hi, baby.  Up, baby.  Sun, baby.  Shine.
Smile, baby.  Laugh, baby.  Hug, baby.  Mine.

A little linky goodness: There are several websites that exclusively review children’s books.  Two of my favorites are The Children’s Book Review and Curled Up Kids.  If you are looking for kid’s books, but you do not know where to start, definitely check them out.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this question: do you have a morning routine?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Thursday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winner will be announced Friday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to three entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking here or at Top Baby Blogs by clicking here.  Each day you vote, I will award you one additional entry.  Don’t forget to let me know!  I am hoping to maintain or move into a spot in the top ten on both sites so that we can slowly begin to reach more parents about the joys and importance of reading with children.  If we inspire just ONE parent to read to their kid today, it’s worth a vote or two, don’t you think?

To purchase this book: You can buy Star Baby through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.


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  1. By on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine is just being established. We start with the diaper change, get dressed (co-sleep in only a diaper to keep cool), work on sitting, tummy time and then read a book. After that it is usually time for feeding and a nap.

  2. By Kimberly O'Rosky on May 25, 2010

    Sounds like a super cute book. I love what you wrote under Cons, LOL! Since I’m still baking a baby for a few more weeks, my routine is fairly simple. Wake up, go to the bathroom and drink a gallon of water :) Wake hubby up and we sit there rubbing and talking to the belly. Then I must eat. I always wake up super hungry!

  3. By on May 25, 2010

    love the title of this book! my son’s name means star in english - we love finding star things for him :)
    when we wake in the morning, he immediately points to the air vents in the ceiling and waits for me to say “Vent”.  this goes on for about 10 minutes while i lay there, eyes closed repeating vent after i hear him go -“buh”.  he will roll around and climb on me, nursing a little, pointing a little and patiently waiting for me to ‘sit up already mommy’! then we do a diaper change and discuss what he dreamt about. he gives me kisses and we go to the mirror to say good morning and head downstairs to play and he points at the speakers, the light, and trivet on the wall for another 45 minutes until he tires of me repeating myself. breakfast, more ID-ing objects, read a book, then naptime!

    i vote for you almost everyday my dear!

  4. By on May 25, 2010

    I wake up whenever I hear Kellen talking in his crib in the morning. I go in there and he gets all excited and jumps up and down in his crib. We start the morning with hellos, hugs, and kisses. We then go downstairs and Kellen gets a diaper change and his morning milk cup. After he is done with his milk we cuddle on the couch for a little while and then he gets down to play with his toys. I make breakfast while he is playing. We eat breakfast together and afterwards we normally sit and read a book. After the book is more playing and exploring what new thing he can get into next.

  5. By beyond on May 25, 2010

    a good morning starts with a few sun salutations. my day is better with some stretching and deep breathing done shortly after waking up. then some cereal and tea. and off i go!

  6. By Becca on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine varies because I work full-time outside of the home. So needless to say, some days are more hectic than others. I do always begin the morning telling my little guy how much I love him and did he have sweet dreams last night? Would love to win this book!

  7. By beyond on May 25, 2010

    just voted for you on topmommyblogs!

  8. By Sarah on May 25, 2010

    I have a morning routine that is about to drastically change! We have a baby on the way so I have a feeling that morning will get earlier and earlier and more joyful!

  9. By on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine varies. On work mornings, I get Bekah up or out of her bed (she usually wakes on her own) and get her dressed. Sometimes she begs some of my breakfast but usually wants some water. We then head out the door, so I can get her to the babysitter and me to work. On Saturdays, we get her out of bed when she wakes up and into bed with us to cuddle and play. On Sundays, we all get ready, have breakfast and go to church.

  10. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted both places this morning.

  11. By Elin on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine consists of a diaper change and playing in our bed.  Emmeline loves to “read” to us in the mornings.  After nursing, she points to her pile of books on the bedside table and grunts, squeals and squalks until we hand her one.  She babbles her way through and then reaches for another.  I think this “morning” routine could last well into the afternoon, if it was up to her.

  12. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted on TopBaby Blogs today!

  13. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted at Top Mommy Blogs today too!

  14. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted for you at both sites.

    Our morning routine begins with a diaper change (usually by daddy); then he brings our son into our bed to nurse while he goes to prepare breakfast.  We enjoy bfast in our pjs and then get showered/changed/ready for work or whatever else we need to do that day.  Who knows what we’ll do once my little guy’s weaned?

  15. By on May 25, 2010

    I work full-time outside of the home, so M-F I wake Katelyn at 5am for a bottle with a song, “who’s mama’s beautiful girl, it is Katelyn Elise”  She loves it!  Then off to daycare at 5:30…On the weekends so much more casual and lots of mommie and me time, I really cherish the weekends!!!  We read alot on weekends and would love to win this book!

  16. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble Style on May 25, 2010

    We cuddle in the morning, has to be mommy, never daddy for this. Next I let Ava watch Sesame Street.  She adores that show.  After that she asks for her vitamins and oatmeal.  Same thing every morning.

    I always vote for you : )

  17. By on May 25, 2010

    I work full time outside the home so our morning rountine is a busy one.  I wake up my 8 year old and prod her to get dressed and brush her teeth. While she is doing this, I make our breakfast and lunches for the day while packing all the bags.  I then wake up my almost two year old son by opening his door and getting his clothes out for the day. My movement usually causes him to stir and then he sits up and points out all the toys in his crib.  He then gets a morning hug, diaper change, and dressed.  We come down stairs for his morning milk and head out the door for the day. :-)

  18. By Heidi on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine depends on whether it’s a work day for me or not…M-Th, Dad changes Molly’s diaper while I finish getting ready and then we have a blissful 20 minutes of cuddling and nursing.  Then I’m out the door while Dad finishes up breakfast and playing with Molly.  He gets to stay home until naptime, which is great for Dad and baby!  And makes me feel better.  On non-work days, hubby brings Molly to me in the bed and we nurse and play and cuddle and then we wave bye-bye to Daddy from the front porch. 

    This is the cutest book!

  19. By Megan R. on May 25, 2010

    Loved the Paper Bag Princess, so I bought that one.  This one sounds awesome, too…so bought it as well.  Now just have to be patient until it arrives!  And until Finnley really will sit still for a good book!

  20. By on May 25, 2010

    My morning routine consists of scrambling to get my almost-3-year-old and myself ready for work/daycare…and remembering to wear pants in the car.  :)

    I voted for you on Top Mommy and Top Baby blogs.

  21. By Mallory on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine is pretty simple.  Des wakes up, I great him in Italian, he eats, then I eat, and then we play until his first nap.  We play with blocks, read books, wrestle, and tickle until he starts to rub his eyes and get a little fussy.  Then it’s nap time.

    I voted for you on the top baby blogs. 

    P.S. Charlotte is too cute in those pictures.  I love her shirt!

  22. By on May 25, 2010

    mornings are great! We do an immediate diaper change, and then a morning bottle. Afterwards. Nia wants to cuddle for a while, (which is the best thing) until she turns around in my lap and starts playing with my ears and hair. She is fascinated by ears and hair. She then gets down and plays for 1/2 an hour before breakfast.

    also, I voted at both sites!

    and, I’d thought I’d tell youim in the hospital bc I had an emergency appendectomy… So maybe I can get a sympathy entry too ;)  LOL

  23. By on May 25, 2010

    We wake up in the mornings and nurse, change a diaper, then sing a silly song. Then we pick out our clothes and sing the getting dressed song (which I made up and which isn’t very good, but she doesn’t know that yet)

  24. By Shawntae on May 25, 2010

    our morning routine is wake up at 6:30am (we need to make it a little later its killing me)  there is always a suprise waiting for me in the morning haha.(he is like clock work with his poopys)  Then we have a morning bottle followed by rice cereal then we watch Nick Junior in the morning in our saucer while mommy makes coffee for daddy and something for herself.

    I also voted for you on both. Love your blog and your little girly is too too cute.

  25. By Cynthia Krajcarski on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine sounds A LOT like yours. Isla sleeps in her own room, so I rarely get to see her waking process… But once she’s making noise I hop into her room and say “Buon giorno, Principessa!!“ I open her blinds and turn off her radio. We chat for a little, talk about how her night was. I pull her out of her crib and I change her diaper, we talk about our plans for the day… sometimes she tells me a story about her dreams. We kiss, kiss, kiss and then we’re off to have some breakfast together. I always wait to eat my breakfast with her… It’s the best.

    I also voted for you!!

  26. By Crystal on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine depends on if I have to work that day or not. If I do then he goes to Grandma’s. If not then we wake up, play and cuddle, eat breakfast in our pj’s, then get dressed and ready for our day.

  27. By on May 25, 2010

    this sounds like a lovely book, because it sounds like our days, too! If E wakes up super early (before 6:30) I usually lay down in the living room while he plays, until about 7. If he wakes up a little later then we play in our bedroom and he eats cheerios and drinks his milk while daddy gets ready for work and I get a shower before daddy leaves for work!

  28. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted on both sites…
    I love Charlotte’s shirt in those pics!

  29. By Dandy on May 25, 2010

    I definitely have a morning routine.  I wake up automatically at 6 and sleep until 6:20 waking every few minutes to check the clock.  I have no idea why I do this but I don’t set an alarm, it just happens.  I get out of bed, tuck B in and hop in ghte shower.  I get ready, have some tea and my favorite part of the morning.  Smelling time.

    I know this sounds weird.  I nuzzle into B’s neck and just breathe him in.  He smells so good…he just smells like him.  Then I kiss him good-bye and I’m out the door.

    Sometimes he wakes early and he is chatty and it throws off my whole routine :)

  30. By Lyndsey on May 25, 2010

    Our morning routine looks like this: Ella gets up around 8. I change her diaper and feed her. We play for awhile (reading, playing in the jumper…) and lately we have been taking a morning walk or jog. She eats some solids at 9:30…we play some more and then she takes a nap around 11.

  31. By Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on May 25, 2010

    Morning routine: Baby wakes up when he wants and fusses to let me know it’s time to get up!  I get up, change his diaper, and we get in my bed for the first bottle of the day.  It’s our quiet time!

  32. By Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on May 25, 2010

    I voted for you on TMB!

  33. By on May 25, 2010

    I’m a working mom, so our routine is sometimes a bit rushed. It always includes a song!  Our bedtime routine is much more fun, and never rushed.

  34. By jenni on May 25, 2010

    My son (age one) wakes early and first thing, perched on my lap, he has some milk.  Once we’ve snuggled a bit we leash the dog and walk the block.  Our mornings are leisurely, because we rarely leave the house.  We stack blocks and throw balls and chew on books, cook eggs or oatmeal, eat and then play some more…

  35. By Jennifer W. on May 25, 2010

    I am due in September with our first, so I think that the morning routine will come then. I have my own morning routine now: shower, hair, dress, makeup, breakfast, leave…but I know this will drastically change when our baby girl gets here. I’m so excited to have a routine and yours sounds like a great way to start,

  36. By on May 25, 2010

    Mornings are my favorite time around here and this from a woman who LOATHED any time before 9 AM up until now.  We wake and lay in bed for awhile, cooing and cuddling, I start singing to him and we go around our room and his room and open the drapes and say hi to the day!  Then it’s eat and getting dressed time and then he comes with me to make my breakfast. 

    Voted for you btw on the other sites. :-)

  37. By on May 25, 2010

    I voted for you on both sites.  I love your blog and came by this weekend to vote for you each day.  Yeah You!  :)

  38. By Laura Bishop on May 25, 2010

    Yes we do have a morning routine. Eggs, singing, and walking are always involved. :)
    I have voted for you 3 times now on Top Baby Blogs. If I were the judge, your blog would be #1. There is just no one funnier and more colorful with their words than you in the mommy blogging world. :)

  39. By on May 26, 2010

    Our day starts with a few minutes of cuddle time with both kids in my son’s bed then downstairs for playtime.  Mommy gets coffee, chocolate milk for Oliver (3 1/2 yrs) and boob for Sophie (7 months)

    I voted at both sites

  40. By on May 26, 2010

    Voted both places.

  41. By on May 26, 2010

    Yes, I totally have a morning routine on days that I work. On my off days there are no routines for me, just relaxation! :)

    Oh and Charlotte’s shirt in those pictures is ADORABLE!

  42. By Heidi on May 26, 2010

    Our weekend morning routine is way more fun than our week day routine…we wake up leisurely, feed the baby, and take a walk as a family.  Sometimes we go for a run (which the dog loves and the husband hates), sometimes we get coffee and a pastry, and sometimes we walk to the park. 

    I love those weekend mornings.  :)

  43. By Heidi on May 26, 2010

    I voted for you at Top Baby Blogs!

    (I also just noticed that I entered my email address wrong in the comment info above.  Oops!  I wonder how long it’s been like that?  I am assuming since I’ve been reading/commenting here.  :)  I’ve fixed it.)

  44. By on May 26, 2010

    I have my personal morning routine, and then I have my routine in the classroom.  I guess you could call it a “morning routine” because it’s the first thing we do everyday.  And it may sound cheesy, but I am darn proud of this routine! It may not sound exciting to many people (well basically any one other than me may not get too excited), but my students come in, sit down, take out their homework and supplies, then start working on their warm up.  I walk around, check homework, check supplies, and take roll.  Sounds cheesy, but it was really a lot of hard work to get us here!  Routines I am finding are super important in every aspect of life!  It develops a lot of skills, helps you focus on the task at hand, and prepares you for what’s coming up later.  So GO ROUTNES!

  45. By on May 26, 2010

    Even when the other aspects of our lives were out of wack (moving across the country!), we’ve had the same morning routine: We wake up at 7am and bring our daughter to snuggle in bed. She has a quick nurse, then my husband changes her diaper and dresses her while I wash up. While she plays on her playmat, we make breakfast and then we all sit together with the Today show on in the background.

  46. By Tara on May 26, 2010

    I have a little co-sleeping, breastfed Charlotte of my own: ) She is almost 17 months and loooves to start off the day with morning cuddles in bed then we head downstairs to let the doggies out, eat breakfast and play with quiet toys and books.

  47. By Jodie on May 26, 2010

    This looks so adorable! My morning routine involves a few minutes of snuggle time with my 4-yr-old before my 8-month-old wakes up. Then a quick breastfeed for him, breakfast for the rest of us, and a couple of cups of (decaf) coffee. They relish a few minutes in front of the TV while I shower and then we’re off! To school, to shopping, to the back yard, to wherever. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  48. By Jodie on May 26, 2010

    And I voted!  :)

  49. By Crystal on May 26, 2010

    voted for you on the mommy blogs and the baby blogs

  50. By on May 26, 2010

    Stopping by again today.  I LOVE that sweet picture of your husband and baby.  That is really what a good life is all about, isn’t it?  Voted for you again on both sites.  Good luck!

  51. By on May 27, 2010

    Oooooo! I just went over a voted on both of the ‘top’ sites and you are sooo close to being on the first page of the top mommy blogs.  Number 26!  On another note, maybe I come here too often…..my comments are back to back!  :)  But, I’m hooked!

  52. By on May 27, 2010

    our morning routine used to be wake up whenever the eyes popped open, breakfast, play in bed (we have a family bed, so it’s easy…), read, diaper change, clothes change, emerge from the bedroom and into a new day. that routine changed when i had to go back to work. now, there is a mad rush, with kisses and throws into the air, chases around the island in the kitchen. i try to get as much loving in as i can while showering, fixing breakfast, pumping, getting dressed. our afternoon routine is the best though…walks to the park, trips to the library, play time with his favorite yellow car, dinner, bath, read, sleep.

  53. By on May 27, 2010

    Baby wakes us up (we have family bed starting at about 4 am) by popping his head up and beginning to warble.  Then, he crawls to the edge of the bed, turns around, slides down, and he is off! My husband plays with him for about an hour while I get ready for the day.  Love it!

  54. By Mary @ Parenthood on May 27, 2010

    Do we have a morning routine?  It looks something like this:  Elizabeth wakes up.  She wakes up Mommy.  She points to her large teddy bear.  I give it to her.  She points to her large lion.  I give it to her.  She points to her other large teddy bear.  I give it to her.  She sits down and cuddles each in turn in her crib (attached to our bed).  Then she stands up again and points to her books.  I hand one to her.  She may or may not “read” one to her bears.  Then she decides to crawl out onto the bed and onto the window seat.  She gets another book.  Then she goes to Daddy’s side with the book.  “Dada read, dada read” she demands.(sounds more like “weed, weed”)  I roll over and catch a few more minutes of sleep.

    Then we get up :)

  55. By Mary @ Parenthood on May 27, 2010

    PS I voted for you

  56. By on May 27, 2010

    I voted at both sites again today :)

    Hmmm…my morning routine hasn’t changed since I commented on Tuesday ;)

  57. By Lyndsey on May 27, 2010

    I voted for you on both websites today

  58. By ashley on May 27, 2010

    our morning routine is pretty established.  edie’s daddy and i tried hard not to have a routine, but she just fell into one and LOVES it, so what can we do!?!  we get up about 7:30 or 8, and edie then sits on teh potty (she’s almost 10 months) and plays and babbles and plays and talks for 15-20 minutes.  seriously, she’s SO happy sitting there and playing!  then we get cleaned up and she walks around and checks out the house to see if anything exciting changed overnight.  after that it’s anyones guess what we do!

  59. By ashley on May 27, 2010

    i voted for you on both blogs :-)


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