Category Archives: Ages 0-3

Am I Yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Am I Yours?
by Alex Latimer
Peachtree, 2018

Two hundred million years ago, in the age of dinosaurs, a great wind pushed an egg out of its nest. It rolled far down the hill until it landed in the valley.  No one stopped to claim the egg, so the dino inside the egg started asking, “Excuse me, please, but am I yours?  One by one each dinosaur asked if it had body parts that matched his or her own body parts, long neck, three horns, a crest, etc.  Until the sun sets…and they see its profile and they know exactly who the egg belongs to.

This story seems to speak to that part of a child that wants to know it belongs.  A lovely story.

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ABRACADABRA! The Magic of Trying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABRACADABRA! The Magic of Trying   
by Maria Loretta Giraldo, illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle
Magination Press, 2018
Originally published in Italy.

Little Owl is the last bird in his class to try to fly.  He’s too afraid!  When Mrs. Pigeon encourages him to fly, he insists he doesn’t want to fly.  Turtle passes by and asks why he isn’t flying like the others and Little Owl admits he’s too afraid of falling.  Turtle gives him the magic word, ABRACADABRA! and insists Little Owl can fly. But Owl fell. Mouse, then Hedgehog also encourage him. With all their reassurance, Little Owl tries one more time, follows all their suggestions, and flies. When he flies over a pond and discovers a Little Frog who is afraid to make his big jump out of the pond, Little Owl gives him the magic word and encouragement until Little Frog jumps out.

Striking colors in loose designs on white backgrounds calm young ones and invite them to apply the story to their situation.  Includes notes for parents to help their child overcome a fear.

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When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…
by Molly Bang
The Blue Sky Press, 2018

A thinker of a story and a great introduction to math.

On a rainy day, Sophie is stuck inside trying to build a puzzle pieces into a square. When her sister walks by and quickly makes a square, Sophie concludes she is not smart. Fortunately, her teacher introduces the concept that “we become smart”, when most the kids believes you have to be born smart. She gives them a math puzzle using squares and rectangles.  After the kids struggle with the puzzle, the teacher introduces the most important word, “Yet” and tells them, “You haven’t figured it out … YET.”

That one word changes everything for Sophie.

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Dr. Seuss’s 100 First Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Seuss’s 100 First Words
Random House Children’s Books

Using Dr. Suess’s playful, whimsical illustrations, Random House has created for infants and toddlers a giant board book of first words for soon-to-be readers.  It’s a treat for parents—even grandparents—raised on Dr. Suess and great preparation for a child’s future learning and reading lessons with stories that include Suess’s loveable characters.  From wild animals and farm animals to bath time and bedtime, the book invites learning, as do all of Dr Suess’s books.  A delight for all.

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The Day I Ran Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day I Ran Away
by Holly L. Niner, illustrated by Isabella Ongaro
Flash Light Press, 2017

At bedtime, Gloria tells her Daddy her story of why and how she ran away that day.  She ‘had’ to run away because her purple shirt was dirty and she had to wear a white one and her favorite cereal was all gone.  Serious matters for the very youngest.  When she threw a temper tantum, she ended up in her room on time out. When she colored her white shirt purple, mom was furious and that’s when she decided to run away. When she announced she was leaving, her mom packed her a lunch. But when she got to the street, she remembered she was not allowed to cross it.  Fortunately, her mom had an idea.

This cleverly told story truly captures a little one’s thoughts. On each spread, illustrator Isabella Ongaro shows a patient father listening to his daughter’s woes and a loving mother setting limits while at the same time guiding her daughter towards resolutions.

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Ducks Away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducks Away!
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
Scholastic Inc., 2018

Written for the earliest of readers, Ducks Away! Is a lyrical, nurturing book of a mother duck and her five ducklings—and a counting book, too!

Five little ducks waddle across a bridge when a gust of wind sweeps one into the river.  Mother Duck worries, “What should I do? Where should I go, with four on the bridge and one below?” She continues to worry, when another and another and eventually all five fall into the river.  Hesitant about jumping off the bridge, the little ducks encourage her to jump!

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I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Grosset & Dunlap, 2018

An adorable board book for infants and young toddlers and a perfect companion book to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The brief story tells of a youngster who shares good times with dad, a couple prickly times with dad, as well as how dad comforts the youngster.

Delighting readers, a very hungry caterpillar appears on each page inviting young readers to find it.  It’s Eric Carle at his best in his latest book.

Young readers will meet colorful parrots, seals, gorillas, prickly porcupines, and more in this simple tale.

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Pet Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Dad
Elanna Allen
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018

For every child who wants a pet—or another pet—this is the perfect book.

Plum wants a pet, but dad is firm that he doesn’t want a pet, so Plum does only what a little child can do, pretend his dad is her pet!  Her new pet loves to have its tummy rubbed and his ears scratched, but he refuses to roll over, eat her meals or be ‘paper-trained’ for his business.  Her pet just won’t do the tricks she wants, until she comes up with a new approach, that works every time!

Moving illustrations are done in muted colors and accented with Plum’s bright greens and blacks and bright orange for the “No’s.”  An imaginative, ‘what if dad were a pet’ story filled with humor.

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Guess Who, Haiku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess Who, Haiku
by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
Abrams Appleseed, 2016

A perfect introduction to haiku for preschoolers and kindergarteners!  Starting with introducing a cow, each haiku introduces a new animal common to young readers. Each haiku includes word clues and illustrations include picture clues.  The first haiku is:

new day on the farm
muffled mooing announces
a fresh pail of milk

The readers turn the page to discover (or confirm) the answer!  Then that animal recites the next haiku.  This simple-to-read and comprehensive format will help make learning about haiku fun and help first time haiku writers be brave enough to attempt their own haiku.  After a child has mastered Old MacDonald Had a Farm, this will follow beautifully to introduce them to poetry.

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Tiny and the Big Dig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny and the Big Dig
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Matt Myers
Scholastic Press, 2018

Written in playful rhyme, Tiny, a small dog with a large heart and an “I-don’t-give-up” attitude believes he smells a big bone and can dig it up.  No one, except his owner, believes small Tiny can do it.  They encourage him to give up, but Tiny just keeps on digging, because he believes in himself.  After digging up 3 other ‘bones’, but not the big one, he just keeps on digging until…he digs up the Big, Big bone.

With dirt flying in all directions and expressive faces, illustrations, in ink and watercolor, show Tiny’s intense excitement and determination to find the bone be knows is buried.  A heartwarming tale young readers will want to read again and again.

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