Category Archives: Ages 0-3

The Almost Terrible Playdate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Almost Terrible Playdate
by Richard Torrey
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2016

A visual delight where illustrations exaggerate the story told in words.

A boy and girl try to figure out what to do together, only each has their own specific, yet very different, ideas. After ‘arguing’ back and forth what they each want to share, they get mad at each other and play alone.  But, after a while, that gets boring.  They soon start finding small ways they can share playtime and end up having a great time.  But they start all over when they meet up again the next day.

A delight to read the words said to each other, watch each child’s body language and read each child’s imaginative thoughts showing what they are really thinking.  The illustrations tell the entire story visually.

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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

by Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Illustrated in clean, crisp drawings, we follow a little red cat who decides to go for a run.  But yikes! He runs into an alligator. Then a bear chases the alligator and cat.  Then a chicken follows them. They run through the entire alphabet, slipping on Ice, swinging through Jungles and all the way back to where he began in his bed, where he Yawns and sleeps (ZZZZ’s).  Clever, fun, imaginative; there’s ‘energy’ on each page. The drawings leave it up to the reader to discover each letter’s “word”, although words are given at the end.

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A Small Thing…but Big

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Small Thing…but Big
By Tony Johnston, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Neal Porter Book, 2016

A young toddler goes to the park where she meets a dog and an old man.  Afraid, she asks if the dog will bark.  Assured she wouldn’t, Lizzie asked, does she bite?  She gives Cecile a pat, which the dog seemed to enjoy.  The man invites her to go for a walk with Cecile.  Lizzie hangs on to the leash.  Told the dog walks springingly, Lizzie walks springingly, too.  The man asks Lizzie if she’d like to hold the leash and soon she walks the dog with the man nearby.  After another loop, the man ventures that Lizzie can walk the dog by herself.  The man and Lizzie’s mom watch Lizzie walk the dog by herself.  A small thing, but big.

A delightful story capturing a toddler’s fear of a new experience.  The illustrations capture the girl’s innocence and bravery as she explores her world.

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My Thumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Thumb

by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Rich Deas
Feiwel and Friends, 2016

Written by Newbery Award winning author Karen Hesse, this story covers the many, many ways a young girl loves her thumb—and it’s all in rhyme!  Delightful to the ear it shares positive and affirming words for any young readers who love their thumb.

I love my thumb.  I truly do.
It tastes of pears and carrot stew.
It’s like a hug, an “I love you.”

Of course, loving her thumb as much as she does, she sometimes finds it difficult to do certain things, like run, play music or eat gum.  But she knows she’d feel glum without it and accepts any limitations.  It ends with all the positive attributes the thumb provides her.

This book is perfect for both child who enjoy their thumbs and parents who think thumb-sucking should go away.  It reassures the child that thumbs are good and reminds the parent that the thumb means something to the child and they are not yet ready to depart from that bit of reassurance or nurturing that they receive.

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
by Gris Grimly
Orchard Books, 2017

Every child knows the song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this book has a GREAT BIG surprise ending!  Author/artist Gris Grimly, raised on a farm and now lives in a city, decided to share his family’s version of this song with young readers.  His illustrations are fun, action-filled, and include several surprises and sub-stories to delight the visually alert readers, including a ‘heart’ patch on the farmer’s overalls. A great family story.

Back matter includes a brief history of the song—an early version sung during WWI—its music, as well as old-timey pictures of Gris Grimly’s farming family.

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Lily’s Cat Mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily’s Cat Mask
by Julie Fortenberry
Viking, 2017

While shopping for new clothes one day, Lily spotted a cat mask.  Amazingly, her dad bought it for her.  She loved it so much she wore it out the store.  And she wore it everywhere, even to the doctor’s.  But one day she couldn’t find the mask.  Her dad gave her a bunny costume to wear, and it was fun for a while.  Fortunately, she found her cat mask.  She wore it when she met her new teacher, but once school started, she couldn’t wear it in class anymore.  But one day everyone could wear a costume, and that’s when Lily met her soul mate.

The story gives a few nods to quiet children and how they cope with new situations.

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Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat
by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan
Beach Lane Books, 2017

Pug and Pig, the best of friends, try on their Halloween costumes. Pig loves hers and can’t wait for Halloween to come.  Pug hates his, it’s too tight and no one can see him.  He claims he doesn’t care about Halloween.  But he does care about Pig.  When Halloween arrives, he finds a costume that suits him and he shares Halloween with Pig.

A true story of friendship, compromise, and being there for your friend, no matter what.

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Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Lori Nichols
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017

Kids will love this poetic, interactive, guess which animal comes next story about animals on the farm. The story opens with a girl snuggled in her bed on the farm. Then, when pig “toddled to his sty, waddley-jog, Mooo!, Who do you think he found?”  When each animal found goes to his/her own bed, they find another, until the house cat snuggles in bed with the girl.  Filled with light humor, like when the horse was found in the tiny chicken coop!

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Found Dogs

 

Found Dogs
by Erica Sirotich
Dial Books for Young Readers

A counting book and a book about adopting pound dogs.  This clever story using simple rhymes to count up to ten dogs, then counts from ten to one, as the dogs leave for new homes.  Ever so clever, ever so perfect for young readers.  It can be read to the youngest, and read by those learning to read.  Author/illustrator Erica Sirotich matches dogs with new owners where spotted dogs go to firehouse workers and quick and thin dogs go to ballerinas.

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Shorty and Clem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorty and Clem
by Michael Slack
Harper, 2017

While Clem is away, a package arrives.  Shorty is super curious.  He imagines all the things it could be.  He imagines it is for him, until he sees it’s for Clem.  Still, he imagines it’s a race car and ‘drives’ the package, he imagines it’s a trampoline and jumps on the package.  So excited, he eventually imagines he hears monkeys inside the package and unable to hold himself back, tears open the package, and there are monkeys inside!  But then he feels remorseful that he opened his friends package.

Young readers will love this suspense and will relate to Shorty’s inability to contain himself when wondering about the unexpected package.

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