From my bookshelf to yours. A few bookshelf book reviews for you to enjoy.
There are a bunch of books that I think every preschooler should read, at the top of that list are these three books. Toddlers will enjoy them too. But the humor, beautiful illustrations and message that these books have are fully appreciated by 4-5-year-olds.
“Animalia” by Graeme Base is iconic in teaching circles and you can lose yourself for hours in the detailed illustrations. The book is an alphabet book on steroids! Each page had a wonderful paragraph in each letter such as for the letter L “Lazy Lions lounging in the local library”. And the pages are filled to the gills with pictures of things that start with that letter as well. Parents and kids alike will fall in love!
“Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin is a hilarious look at working conditions on a farm and cows going on strike. I have yet to read this book without giggling. And in the 2003-2004 school year, I think I read it 500 times! The story has a wonderful message of fairness and negotiation. During a transit strike, we read this to a Kindergarten class to help explain after we were asked why the bus drivers didn’t want to work. It was a great tool!
“Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox gives me goosebumps and brought me to tears when I was a homesick Canadian teaching in St. Louis. The book is simple and talks about the differences of little children all over the world. But focuses on what they all have in common. There are beautiful illustrations that show children in all different cultures from around the globe with a sing-song story to carry you along.
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