I – okay, my son – received a copy of this book for Christmas and I just love it!! SO many good things about it!
- Rhyming! As we know, being able to identify and produce rhyming works is an important pre-literacy skill for young children. This book is all about the rhymes!
- Cute, simple illustrations. BONUS – some of the pages are textured. I particularly like the “mossy” Rhino (Rhymo?) and the “quilted” one.
- Basic concepts! There are some excellent vocabulary items in this book, including some basic concept words (think things like furry, bumpy, old, strong, chilly, and so on). Lovely descriptive words!
Another great resource for basic concepts is Hippopposites also by Janik Coat.
Only recently added to my son’s stash of awesome books, it is rapidly becoming a favourite. No surprises, it is all about opposites and thus the points above on cute illustrations and vocabulary apply here also!
I highly recommend both these books! Happy Reading!
To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker was a book I picked up from the library while looking for something fluffy and diverting.
Annalisa Townsend and her father are off to start a new life but when their ship is attacked by pirates it seems fate has other plans. Although Annalisa attempts to hide in the hold but she is discovered by one of the pirate crew, James Sterling. She convinces him to accept a kiss rather than her mother’s necklace and disappears. Continue reading
All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, is one of our current favourites. We don’t yet own a copy but we’ve taken this one out from the library a few times now.
I like it because:
- It’s repetitive. The phrase “Me! I do.” is repeated frequently.
- A great way to learn body part vocabulary.
- Nice way to help understand questions – “Who loves baby’s ___?” is repeated again and again.
- Rhyming! (EXCEPT for the tummy page which randomly DOESN’T follow the rhyme scheme of the rest of the book. That drives me a little bit crazy and admittedly I creatively add in an extra word so that it does rhyme).
- Cute illustrations.
We use this book as an opportunity to reinforce those boy part words by kissing or tickling them as we get to the corresponding pages. It makes reading extra fun!
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett is the story of Cinderella from the perspective of the eldest stepsister and it is AMAZING! Continue reading
Oink, Moo, Meow was my son’s first favourite book.
This board book features various animals and their sounds (for example, the Cow says Moo…). The animals all float on white pages, one per page and there are 26 animals in total. I have no idea why he loves it so much, but it seems to be a favourite among other babies I know! The Say & Play series by Sterling Publishing includes this one, as well as Numbers, Colors, Things That Go and a few others. I love the simple and bright pictures (all stock photos it seems). They’re great for learning concepts and vocabulary!
Do you ever start a book excited about it’s potential and realize part-way through that it’s just not doing it for you? I always used to push myself to finish it, but lately I’ve had several books that I just wasn’t feeling and I allowed myself to just put down. Some I may go back and read another time, some I have no intention of trying ever again. Here’s my list of recent DNFs (in no particular order): Continue reading
It’s Toddler Tuesday and I would like to share another favourite of mine: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett.
I love this book because:
- It’s repetitive
- The illustrations are adorable
- Fun way to learn the names of some (zoo) animals
- For toddlers: It’s a great way to help your child to start predicting (What are they going to see? Can your child guess?)
- For toddlers: It provides an opportunity to make inferences (Where did they see all these animals?) and extend (What other animals could you see at a zoo? Where else might you see them? We saw ___ when we went to the zoo. – You could also talk more about the different animals and what they are like or what they do or are doing in the pictures).
- It would be a fun book to work on the /m/ and /s/ sounds (e.g. monkey and me; we went to see)