The Babies on the Bus [NOOK Book]


The babies on the bus sing





Jump on the bus with Karen Katz’s adorable babies as they take a classic song for an all-new ride!


This irresistible picture book by the popular author of The Colors of Us, Counting Kisses, and Where ...

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The babies on the bus sing





Jump on the bus with Karen Katz’s adorable babies as they take a classic song for an all-new ride!


This irresistible picture book by the popular author of The Colors of Us, Counting Kisses, and Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? will steal your heart.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Lots of baby swagger.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bright colors and simple patterns are eye-catching for all, but will have special appeal for babies and toddlers. Katz’s familiar round-faced youngsters of different ethnicities will delight readers.” —School Library Journal


“With buoyant cartoons rendered in a bouquet of vibrant pastel tones, Katz . . . creates a book as irresistible as a baby’s smile.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for OVER THE MOON:

“An ebullient tribute for families whose members may have come from a faraway place.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for THE COLORS OF US:

“Katz’s pencil-and-gouache pictures joyously convey the range of human pigmentation. Positive and useful.” —School Library Journal


Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
The wheels go round and round, the doors open and close and the babies sing la-la-la. The author takes a much-loved classic song on a brand new ride all through the town, adding verses about cute babies to the well-known lyrics. A cheerful, happy and loveable read-aloud and sing along for babies, infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the rhythm and melody of the lyrics will appeal to all, especially the youngest readers. Preschoolers and emerging readers will enjoy the hand and body movements relating to the song as well as enhancing and expanding their vocabulary by making up additional verses. All will smile and laugh at the delightful illustrations. This wonderful edition is a perfect addition to a personal or school library collection. Truly a book in which the youngest and the eldest can sing the lyrics again and again enjoying it more and more each time. The author-illustrator has written more than forty-five books with simple, bold words and delightful illustrations. Her awards number in the dozens. Her website ( is a delight to visit. Customize your baby's photo Karen Katz-style at the site's New Baby Photobooth. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS—"The Wheels on the Bus" gets a facelift with new illustrations and a few new verses focused on babies. Each of the 13 verses is complete on a spread. Bright colors and simple patterns are eye-catching for all, but will have special appeal for babies and toddlers. Katz's familiar round-faced youngsters of different ethnicities will delight readers (singers), even when "the babies on the bus cry, 'Waah! Waah! Waah!'" The size and simplicity of the pictures make this an appropriate choice for groups, as well as for one-on-one sharing. The new verses are no more creative than those made up by librarians and children who regularly sing the song, but the illustrations make this a good buy for the youngest audience.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews

A nursery-song staple is presented with lots of baby swagger.

Wheels turn round, doors open and close and wipers swish when a mob of energetic toddlers climbs aboard the bus in this energetic rendition of a classic preschool tune. There's an endearing energy in the busyness of the tots in tow. A little child turned driver serves not only as a willing participant as the youngsters explore their surroundings, but also attempts to corral the other babes, gleefully tooting the horn one moment and admonishing the group the next. The children's sweet faces lead an angelic sing-along, then moods drastically change, resulting in tantrums until their napping brings welcome relief. (Even the driver forgoes attempts to soothe the boisterous group and curls up on the seat, cap slung across eyes in exhausted slumber.) Sunny mixed-media scenes capture the vehicle's enclosed space until a refreshing final spread exposes the gang's exact location. Katz's signature style is in full form here; racially diverse, rounded characters wear patterned clothes, lovingly unpretentious in their soft, enthusiastic movements. Uncomplicated wording gives each verse its due, leaving no room for guessing in the buoyant conclusion. "The babies on the bus say, / 'Bye-bye, bus!' / Now it's time to go."

A shame the trip has to end, but how about an encore? (Picture book. 1-4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429960205
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,196,432
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby’s Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena into their lives. Katz loves to paint and experiment with texture, color, collage and pattern. Besides an author and illustrator, she has been a costume designer, quilt maker, fabric artist and graphic designer. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York.


From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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    • Posted July 24, 2012

      Highly recommended

      This is my 17 month old grandson's favorite book. He loves the cute song and lyrics, and it always makes him smile. A winner!

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