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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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My Pictures After the Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pictures After the Storm
by Eric Veille
Gecko Press, 2017

An interactive board book full of surprises.  Author/illustrator Eric Veille shows a page including six pictures and an opposite page showing the same six pictures after an imaginary storm, where the umbrella blew away, the ice cream cone spilled and the slide fell to the ground.  Young readers get to explore changes made to each picture. One set shows pictures of food items for lunch and pictures after lunch, where we see crumbs from bread, an apple core, and untouched boiled spinach.  Great book to help develop a young one’s thinking skills.

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Lion Lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Lessons
by Jon Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

A young boy enters a school to earn his Lion Diploma.  He is told there are seven lessons.  He does not impress the school master with Lesson one, Looking Fierce.  Nor Lesson two, Roaring.  He’s not very good at hiding, sprinting nor pouncing. Until…he spots a very large dog chasing a very small kitten and his lion powers come forth.  A fun way to imagine taking on new powers with clear, expressive and clever illustrations. Young readers love imitating the lion.

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K is for Kindergarten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


K is for Kindergarten

by Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017

In this book, readers get two books.  One is an alphabet book, counting down the days before the first day of Kindergarten, and the second is an activities book, providing the anxious/excited child activities to both entertain and teach.

Author Erin Dealey weaves together poetry and kindergarten activities in the countdown.
“C is for crayons and coloring.
How creative can you be?
Glitter, scissors, paste, and yarn—
make some art for all to see!”

Each page includes a Kinder Countdown and a Kinder Challenge introducing or reviewing, depending upon your child, kindergarten basics, like the ABC Song, drawing, jump roping and music.

The illustrations are rich, colorful and right on target to capture the emotions leading up to starting school.This book is a delight to the ear and eye and includes pages of interactive things to do.

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Everyone is Yawning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is Yawning
by Anita Bijsterbosch
Clavis, 2016
Originally published in Belgium/ the Netherlands.

A perfect bedtime story for the youngest readers, this book makes everyone yawn!

On each page is an animal who is tired.  On the first page, a large kitten smiles at the reader.  When the words say, “Look, the kitten is yawning,” the reader lifts the flap on the kitten’s face and sees the kitten yawn.  And so it goes with a raccoon, hippo, crocodile and more. The story ends with a pile of sleeping animals, including the child. Featuring scary animals, like a snake, and introducing new animals, like an artic fox, Everyone is Yawning and its yawning flaps, will entertain young ones for hours—or at least until they fall asleep.

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Spunky Little Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spunky Little Monkey
Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
Scholastic Press, 2017

Bill Martin Jr (of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) does it again with a new interactive book for spunky toddlers.  Spunky Little Monkey is all about rhythm and rhyme, exercise and fun, and getting the body started in the morning.

Little Monkey has difficulty waking and the doctor prescribes exercise:
Rutabaga, Rutabaga
Sis! Boom! Bah!
POP UP, Monkey!
Rah! Rah! RAH!

Through a rhythmic, energetic, dancing song, monkey finds the rhythm in his head, then he finds the rhythm in his hands, then his feet and his hips.  When he puts them all together, he feels much better.  He gathers together his friends and off they go to play.  Perfect book to learn body parts and run off steam. Brian Won illustrates monkey action in a toned down rainbow palette, showing lots of actions; although most kids readers will be dancing, not enjoying the art work!

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Perfect Square

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Perfect Square

by Michael Hall
Greenwillow Books, 2011

Perfect Square starts with a red square on Monday and on each day of the week he explores all the things you can make from different color squares.  From a red square, he shapes a fountain that babbles, giggles and claps.  He shapes an orange square into flowers and a green square into a park.  Young ones can guess (or remember) the cut up shapes of each square and what they turn into.  A surprise at the end reviews all the shapes.  The colors are bright and vivid, the shapes are clever and simple.  A delight to explore while learning colors, shapes, and days of the week.

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Let’s Play

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Let’s Play
by Herve Tullet
Chronicle Books, 2016

Another interactive book by Herve Tullet, Let’s Play begins with a yellow dot who’s a bit bored.  To get started, he invites the reader to press the top corner.  On the next page the yellow dot is up in the corner.  The dot rides the wild lines, a ‘carousel’ and plays hide and seek with the reader.  Together, they enter a dark tunnel, a messy page of squiggles and come to a tall red ‘mountain’.  Let’s Play is the perfect book to introduce colors, stop lights, counting and having fun.  A perfect way to quietly play with a child.

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Lost. Found.

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Lost. Found.

By Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Neal Porter Books, 2015

This is a clever, interactive book that kids can tell the story with their own words.

Only two words, ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’, are used and the illustrations tell the rest of the story.  The story is about a red scarf that is lost by a bear and found by raccoons, but lost then found by a beaver, but lost then found by an otter, etc.  Lost by several more forest animals, they all circle around the lost scarf.  Each wanting it for their own, they jump at it to make it theirs.  This, of course, ruins everything and a pile of yarn lays on the snow-covered ground.  Remorsefully, they each gather a pile and sit together to knit another red scarf—which becomes long enough for everyone to enjoy!

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Finders Keepers

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Finders Keepers

by Keiko Kasza
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015

Squirrel buries an acorn and marks its location with this red, derby hat.  Of course, the wind blows it up into a tree and a bird decides to use it for a nest, but it wobbles out and lands on the water and is re-purposed as a boat.  And so the hat journeys through several owners until it comes full circle and lands where the squirrel left it.  When the squirrel gobbles the buried acorn and leaves behind the acorn top, the journey begins again!

A fun read for the young and a great way to show how one item can be many different things to different people.  It’s also a great way to discuss recycling and reusing objects.

If you liked stories showing different meanings for the same thing, consider the 1963 classic, Who Took the Farmers Hat? 

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