Thursday, February 2, 2017

Toddler Classics - bookwraps to enjoy

Part 1

All kids have favourite books they want you to read to them over and over and over... did I mention over?  These precious books always end up on a bookshelf close by or tucked away in a chest so they can be passed on to their kids.  Here is a smattering of "keepers" that might just end up on your "keep forever" list.  Enjoy! 

Toddler books help kids build up their vocabulary and basic reading concepts. The best thing is that they help to instil in a child the magic that a book can bring into his/her life at a very early age. 

Sandra Boynton is a classic children’s author when you think of toddler books.  There are so many great ones to add to your shelf.  Do you know which one has the most reviews on Amazon?  Yep, it’s The Going to Bed Book.  

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is full of rhythm and adventure.  It’s also a great book to read while toddlers are up and moving around.  They will have fun acting this story out in the room.

The Three Bears by Paul Galdone is a classic fairy tale that toddlers just can’t get enough.  This familiar nursery tale features a warmly appealing bear family and a naughty, gap-toothed Goldilocks. I love all of Galdone’s fairy tale books so you’ll want to get even more of his work.

Freight Train by Donald Crews is for all little train lovers and great for learning about colors. Presented in blocks of brilliant colors, the multihued train in this Caldecott Honor book undertakes a dazzling journey before disappearing from the final page. Ages 2-up.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin is a rhythmic tale of the letters of the alphabet climbing up a coconut tree.  When all the little letters fall down, their mamas and papas, uncles and aunts are there to help to them up.  Did the little letters learn their lesson?  This book has inspired lots of alphabet reading activities in our homes and schools.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. is probably the top classic book on this list.  You can’t go through childhood without reading this one.

From beneath the tickles, kisses, and unfettered affection showered on them by grownups, the children in Vera B. Williams' Caldecott Honor Book cry out for "more more more!" The stars of three little love stories--toddlers with nicknames like "Little Pumpkin"--run giggling until they are scooped up by adoring adults to be swung around, kissed, and finally tucked into bed. Quirky watercolor drawings and colorful text feature multiethnic families, and young readers will rejoice in seeing the center of all the attention: the wiggly, chubby, irresistible toddlers. (Baby to preschooler) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop, " "Fox in Socks, " and "Green Eggs and Ham." Other favorite titles in this series are "Go, Dog, Go!" and "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman, "A Fly Went By, " by Mike McClintock, and "Put Me in the Zoo, " by Robert Lopshire. These affordable hardcover books combine large print, easy vocabulary, and large, bright illustrations in stories kids will want to read again and again. Grades 1 - Grades 2.

Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster looking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

The board book version of this popular recitation of animal characteristics is equally as delightful as other editions, with one key improvement: it's inedible. This robust reissue follows lovable Lloyd the llama on his quest to find out what percentage of the baby animal population has llamas for mamas. The rhymes are original and infectious, and the riddles are sure to have children shouting out the answers in anticipation of turning the page.

Youngsters often exhibit an insatiable appetite for adorable baby animals, and Is Your Mama a Llama provides plenty of fodder for fawning. Illustrator Steven Kellogg, however, manages to keep the pictures sweet without being saccharine. And rest assured, no matter how often your little one is compelled to kiss the critters, the sturdy board-book format will stand the test of time (and of course, slobber). (Ages 0 to 4)

Tomorrow I will give you another set of Toddler classics that you can make sure your little one has been introduced to.   While sorting through them so many brought back fun, engaging memories of reading these treasures out to my students in Kindergarten and Grade one.  Put a bookmark here and join me  tomorrow for Part 2.   Have an amazing day and remember to always read on.........

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