A Parent's Guide to Children's BooksPosted: Updated:
Kristin, mother of Matthew – who will turn 4 in a couple of months and a few of his current favorite reads are:
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. Feeling too grumpy to fly, bird begins to take a
and discovers that his mood changes as his animal friends join him. This is a great book
to read when you're in a bad mood. It cheers one up immensely. It makes Matthew grin,
especially when Bird serves his animal friends a "special" treat.
When Stella was very very small by Marie-Louise Gay. When Stella was very, very
small she lived in a very, very big house. She could see the whole world from the top of
the living room couch. Lately, Matthew has been curious about what he did when he was
little. It's fun to read this together and recognize the changes that take place as Stella
grows, and as Matthew grows.
Yoko by Rosemary Wells. When Yoko brings sushi to class for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats until hungry Timothy shows up looking for something more to munch on. Matthew is intrigued by who eats what in this book. He loves it when I point out each character and we discuss their lunch. He is not an adventurous eater, but he likes talking about food. Yoko is very fun and a good snapshot of classroom life.
Molly, mother of Liam age 2
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! By Dr. Seuss
Liam thinks this book is funny. He laughs all the way through as the Cat in the Hat shows the young cat all the different things you can learn by reading: colors, directions, body parts, about nature. Of coarse, it's all told in that silly Cat, rhyming way. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
This story follows a very small girl named Trixie and her father as they run an errand to the laundromat. Along the way, Trixie misplaces her stuffed animal. The illustrations are great: colorful cartoons over black and white photos. The first time we read this book, Liam was sad and concerned for Trixie. Now, he likes to point out where Knuffle Bunny is when the characters think he's lost and he laughs out loud at the end when Knuffle Bunny is found.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Jamberry is a creative, melodic, poem-like story about a boy and a bear picking berries for jam. Liam likes to point out all the animals and the musical instruments. "Raspberry/Jazzberry/Razzamatazzberry/Berryband/Merryband/Jamming in Berryland" Luckily, we discovered this book during berry season, because Liam now asks to buy berries when we're at the store!