Perfect Picture Book Friday: A BAND OF BABIES Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Before we get to today’s wonderful picture book, we have some PRIZES to award!!

Last week, the lovely Patricia Keeler offered two exciting giveaways…a copy of LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL along with a pair of silver flip flop earrings. And also, a copy of her book along with a charming silver seal necklace.

And the winner of the book and earrings is…


And the winner of the book and necklace is…


CONGRATULATIONS! I will put you both in touch with Patricia so she can send you your prizes.

June is winding down…I can hardly believe that tomorrow is the 1st day of July.

Which is why today’s book is definitely a perfect choice with the 4th of July right around the corner. Parades. Fireworks. And…

cover band of babies


Written by: Carole Gerber

Illustrated by: Jane Dyer

Publisher: HarperCollins (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


 Working together, independence, diversity


From Amazon:

It was just an ordinary day at play group until Benny arrived. With flute in hand and drums in tow, Benny’s love of music inspires the babies to get up and put on a show. Toot! Toot! Whee! Benny and his band of babies are a sight to see!


With rhythmic text from veteran author Carole Gerber and lively illustrations from bestselling artist Jane Dyer, this musical journey will have readers of all ages snapping their fingers and tapping their toes!

Why I like this book:


Homemade Rainmaker

homemade_instrument_rainmakerPhoto courtesy:

You will need: Empty roll from aluminum foil or paper towel or empty snack cylinder, paint and glitter or construction paper and markers, masking tape or duct tape, glue, scissors, dry uncooked lentils or rice.

  1. Tape one open end of the roll. If you are using a snack cylinder, one end is already sealed.
  2. Fill with ¼ cup dry lentils or rice.
  3. Tape the other end shut. If you are using a snack cylinder, tape the lid securely.
  4. Cover with construction paper, glue in place, and decorate with markers or paint and decorate with glitter. (the paint and glitter will be the messy option)

More homemade instruments here:

And here:

Why not arrange a playdate for your child and create a rhythm BAND OF BABIES?

Please remember to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of a copy of A BAND OF BABIES! And come back tomorrow when award-winning author Carole Gerber shares her writing journey…and something yummy…on Will Write for Cookies.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on June 30, 2017, in 4th of July, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. It is a wonderful book! Thank you for showcasing this art ful and creative book!


  2. Vivian, excellent choice for this weekend . What a beautiful cover. Great review and I love your rainmaker craft..

    As you suggested, I will link my PPBF posts with you until Susanna is back in the Fall. Here is my PPBF review of RENATO AND THE LION by Barbara DiLorenzo.—Interview-with-Barbara-DiLorenzo-Plus-Giveaway

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  3. I love the adorable illustrations. Fun craft idea, too. I can just imagine little ones marching around after reading this lively story. Thanks for sharing, Vivian!

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  4. Jeanine Potter

    Great post as usual Vivian. I think I will make myself a rainmaker !

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  5. Sounds like a crowd pleaser with classic illustrations!

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  6. Love that this rhyming picture book made it past the publisher ‘guard!’ And the illustrations are adorable!

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  7. A great idea to share with my kindergarten and early elementary school teacher friends. Thanks, Vivian.

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  8. Adorable. Never too soon to introduce young children to music and encouraging them to make their own sounds.

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  9. Oh my goodness, dancing babies. I must read this book. Thanks for the review and cool craft Vivian!

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  10. mariagianferrari

    Hooray, Carole!! Such an adorable book cover!! Thanks for sharing, Vivian! 🙂

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  11. Love those rhyming books!

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  12. Woohoo! Sooo cool to win Lizzie and Lou Seal and the necklace!!! Thank you!!! We just saw seals and dolphins in the bay the other day. It must have been a good luck sign!

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  13. Babies, sound, and rhyme—a perfect combo! This book sounds like a great intro to starting your own baby band at the next playgroup. 😀

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  14. I love rhyming books. The illustrations are so cute. Sounds like a good one.

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  15. Carole and Habe have created a delightful book! Looking forward to more from Carole in Will Write For Cookies!

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  16. Perfect choice as we march into a holiday weekend, Vivian!

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  17. Kathy Mazurowski

    Oh, thank you! I am so excited. I have a new grandneice who is expected to make her appearance in October! This is perfect. The rhyme and illustrations are just delightful.

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  18. This book looks to be so much fun, as I said on the other post. I love the rainstick. What an easy and fun idea. I had a rainstick (a real one from Chile) I used in my classroom when I wanted the children to stop and listen. It had a beautiful quiet sound that we all loved listening to, and the children responded so well to it.

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