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The Babies on the Bus

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  281 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jan 06, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
The babies on this bus sing la-la-la and bounce bumpity bump all through the town, instead of just crying. The traditional verses are interwoven with the babies' activities and end with the motor going zoom, zoom, zoom before the babies say bye-bye bus! Not all variations of Wheels on the Bus are quite so appealing -- this one will breathe new life into the song, which is always popular with children.Really bright bold colors make this a perfect choice for baby and toddler storytimes.
Aug 27, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: caregivers of young children, librarians, parents and teachers
A big hit for story time! Everyone helped out with the lyrics. Surprised it hasn't been done before since the song is so popular. Maybe a 3 & a half, 3 for me, 4 for the story time reception. 8/31/11

Well, I think I am going to have to round this up to 4, 3 for me and 5 for the story time reception. 8/29/12

A huge hit again. 8/28/13

Used in Lap Time, so glad I work in a library where the parents and caregivers participate.
Nov 02, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, children
the toddlers at story time want to read this book every week
we sing the song every week and now they know about this book and it will never end -- this song is forever in my brain
Sep 29, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it
not a board book yet I don't think the traditonal ryhme with few new twists (babies on the bus bounce bumpity bump...)
would be cute for toddler time
Katie Fitzgerald
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Robert Beveridge
Sep 04, 2014 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Karen Katz, The Babies on the Bus (Henry Holt, 2011)

Karen Katz lends her inimitable style to a rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus”, and the result is just as cute as you would expect. A few points off for not sticking to the original formula of the song, which never repeats any word in “the _____ on the bus”, but that's a minor thing; this is a good'un and will find its way into storytime again and again. ***
Dec 11, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-teen
This is another version of The Wheels on the Bus. I am not a fan of the baby take on the song. The words are different than what we normally sing at storytime and this causes problems with the kiddos and their parents. However, this is a good one to send home with parents who are looking for books to read/sing to their children. Plus, it has a glitter cover. Who doesn't love the glitter cover?
Jan 06, 2012 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture_book
Not all variations of Wheels on the Bus are quite so appealing -- this one will breathe new life into the song, which is always popular with children.Really bright bold colors make this a perfect choice for babies and toddlers. -Robin, Youth Services Librarian

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Sep 22, 2011 jacky rated it liked it
A simple variation on The Wheels on the Bus. Most of the words are the same, but some parts are changed to be all about babies. This is fitting since Katz's illustrates babies. It was silly that the bus driver was a baby and that they were going to school. Maybe it was that I didn't see it clearly and they were playing bus at school?
Jul 01, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
This adorable rendition of The Wheels on the Bus includes Karen Katz's traditional rainbow of sweet, chubby, round-eyed babies. Additional lines are added like,"The babies on the bus go la, la, la," and "The driver on the bus goes shhh, shhh, shhh," adding to the fun of the song. This book, with its bright colors and exciting actions, works very well in Toddler Storytime and Preschool Storytime.
This has been a favorite of my Cupcake (2.5 yr old) since we borrowed it from the library.
The pictures are engaging and adorable.
This would be a fabulous one to have in board book form (publisher?)
My almost-one-year-old loved this book so much. Her three-year-old brother picked it out for her and was thrilled to sing along as I read it to her. She bounced up and down to the singing and attempted to turn the pages. Definitely a hit!
Sep 06, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
Really liked this Katz title...which appealed highly to my 2 year old. I would recommend this for toddlers-2s storytime especially. Brightly illustrated with catchy lyrics that are interactive and fun.
Meg McGregor
Dec 09, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-lexi
I think this is my absolute favorite version of this classic nursery rhyme.

Ms. Katz delightful illustrations, along with original lyrics, make this book a treat any time of the day.

Be sure to act out the motions and sing the song for added fun.
Aug 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: transportation
I don't usually review books that would be shared during a story time for infants, but this one was cute and would be nice to share one-on-one with a baby as well because of the bright, colorful illustrations.
Maria Burel
Mar 12, 2012 Maria Burel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Karen Katz has long been one of my favorite authors for the baby/toddler set. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. The text includes some of the well-known verses to “The Wheels on the Bus”, but also has some new and original verses mixed in. Fun for a read-aloud/sing-along!
Feb 04, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great sing a long book for well-loved song The Wheels on the Bus. Good thing is if the song gets too long, you can just jump to the end. Cute twist on lyrics with focus on babies, like: the babies on the bus bounce Bumpity Bump...
Aug 30, 2011 Ann rated it liked it
Slight variation of the wheels on the bus. I love Karen Katz's books for babies and toddlers. This one has a busload of babies but no parents? Seems like a lot for one bus driver to deal with. The pictures are charming, however.
Cute book if you are strictly looking to sing "the wheels on the bus" with kids. The words are mostly the same as the old song, so there isn't much originality. However, the book can be a fun to sing aloud.

Okay for storytime.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Author/illustrator Katz delivers a romping rendition of "The Wheels on the Bus." Her trademark round-faced babies appear in this brightly illustrated spin on the familiar children's song. New verses are combined with the familiar to present a version that will be often requested.
Jun 27, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
A cute, colorful variation on the old favorite song, "The Wheels on the Bus." Interspersed with the original verses, the author adds several fun new ones. Bright, bold colors in a fun book for ages 1-5.
Brooke Newberry
Apr 11, 2012 Brooke Newberry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-storytime
Parents, babies and toddlers love this book. Its the classic wheels on the bus nursery rhyme with wonderful pictures to focus on while singing. Huge hit in toddler storytime.
This went over REALLY well. Babies and parents/nannies alike were getting really into it. Lots of fun, really cute illustrations to boot
Mar 13, 2013 Mehjabeen rated it it was amazing
kids love this book. it's loads of fun. you're going to use it over and over again. it's a keeper. :)
A good pick for baby story time, as Karen Katz's books usually are. It's always fun to have a book you can sing, and all the parents enjoyed joining in.
Fabulous. Loved by parents of babies and toddlers, enjoyed by all ages from babies on up. A classic song. Familiar, yet slightly re-themed for babies.
This book would be great for a storytime for little ones because it’s a song that they can sing to and act out. The images serve to make the story even more fun.
The Library Lady
Sep 26, 2011 The Library Lady rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Typical Karen Katz, with bright multicultural babies and a few nice variations on the rhyme I sing every week with the toddlers. May buy a second copy since this will be popular.
Kristina Silverbears
Apr 24, 2015 Kristina Silverbears rated it liked it
Shelves: babies, sing-along
A good song book, but toward the end some of the actions are hard to sing and hard to act out. For example, "the babies on the bus fall fast asleep, fast asleep, fast asleep" et. Cetera.
Feb 01, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
A fun read-aloud version of The Wheels on the Bus. Karen Katz's bright illustrations are perfect for this raucous tale, but a bus driven by a baby is a little far-fetched.
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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 ...more
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