ages 3 – 6



                               

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I have a thing for board books, and I like that it’s more common to see a large-format board book (not just the chunky toddler ones). Board books are great for durable reading — especially for independent play and reading time — for kids up through school age.

elmer

This is a 26th anniversary board book edition of Elmer. I vaguely remembered the story of the patchwork elephant, but he was never one of my kids’ favorites, because it wasn’t a book we owned. However, the story holds up so nicely. It’s a little bit silly, because of course he’s a completely imaginative and different-looking elephant, but the theme of fitting in and being yourself is so current. I love how when Elmer tries to fit in with the other gray elephants, they turn it around and change themselves to honor his individuality.

mixitup

Press Here is a new classic. When Dawn reviewed it when it came out a few years ago, she gave it 5 Stars. When an unsolicited copy of Mix It Up! appeared on my doorstep, I was happy to check it out. This book has a board book cover, but the pages are just regular pages (maybe slightly sturdier).

In this hands-on book by Herve Tullet, kids learn color theory by doing. They mix red and yellow on one page, and turn the page and see orange. They slam the book closed on a black square and a white square and see two gray squares. It’s a fun way to encourage interactivity while reading, and I also think that kids would be encouraged to experiment on their own the next time they are coloring, painting or playing with clay.



                               

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Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds

Mr. Tweed is a smartly dressed dog who is heading out for his daily walk. With his dapper suit jacket, striped trousers, walking stick, and extremely tall stovepipe hat, he looks like quite the character. Soon, he reveals himself as a kind friend as he bumps into neighbor after neighbor in need of assistance. Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds by Jim Stoten tells the story of this helpful dog, in a picture book that is part narrative, part counting book, and part ‘look-and-find’ activity book. Each friend that Mr. Tweed assists is looking for an increasing number of items or creatures- one kite, two kittens, three mice, in that type of pattern. After the missing object is declared, readers are invited to search for them on the
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Bad Dog Flash

A puppy and mischief go hand in hand, and in Ruth Paul’s new picture book Bad Dog Flash, the mischief couldn’t get any cuter. Flash has energy, and he just wants to play. When chasing the cat leads to him getting chastised, Flash tries to avert his attention to other playful things. But trying to carry a stick inside results in a broken window, and sniffing at the shoes all lined up in a row ends in a mess of chewed leather. After a series of indoor and outdoor adventures gone awry, poor Flash is mucky and sent out to his dog house away from everyone else. Thank goodness that his little girl knows when he needs some love. As a picture book, this makes
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Little Humans #Giveaway

Fans of Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York have likely heard about his newest book focusing on young subjects from his NYC photography project. Little Humans, which is already receiving tons of publicity and positive reviews, made me smile, too. A celebration of childhood through simple, encouraging text and gorgeous photographs of young kids, this book is a delight to look at whether you’re little or not. To hear more of my thoughts on this book, please read my full review over on 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can enter to win a copy of both this beautiful picture book and a Little Humans poster.
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Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times

When my kids were younger, I was always on the look-out for good collections of Bible stories. I had the ones I liked, and there were some gifted to us that gradually found their way to a thrift store. I’m fussy–I like the stories to be accurate and the pictures to be good. (No blondes, for example. I have nothing against blondes; I am one myself and I am mum to 2 of them as well. But the ancient Middle East wasn’t overly populated with them.) Magnificent Tales’ Treasury of Bible Stories is a worthy new addition for those of you wanting to add some Bible knowledge to your kids’ lives. Author Kelly Pulley has taken many of most beloved tales from both Old and
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What’s New from Pete the Cat

I remember when I first came across Pete the Cat. I liked the bold colors and simple repetitive story lines, but I’m not sure that I get the phenomenal success he’s achieved. I volunteer in my son’s library, and these books are hugely popular from Kindergarten on up to 2nd or 3rd graders. These books are all simple and colorful. They don’t really need much more of an explanation. If you haven’t looked at them before, you can check out some of my more detailed reviews of the other titles in the related items below. Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete (My First I Can Read) Pete the Cat’s Super Cool Reading Collection Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Pete the Cat and
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If You Were a Dog #Giveaway

In the new picture book If You Were a Dog by Jamie A. Swenson, young children are asked to imagine how they might act if they were animals instead of little kids. As kids are usually among the most imaginative people I’ve ever encountered, I am a big fan of this unique format for a story book. I’m even more impressed with the fabulously fun and rich language that make up the descriptions of the animals, and those paired with Chris Raschka’s vibrant illustrations make for an engaging reading experience. Please see my complete review over on 5 Minutes for Mom, where you can enter to win a copy of the book for a child in your life!
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Frank!

With a seemingly realistic backdrop and a human-like bear as the main character, Frank! by Connah Brecon weaves an imaginatively wild story filled with bizarre happenings. Notorious for always being late, Frank’s trouble really starts when he begins school. It’s not because he’s careless, or even because he takes his time getting moving. No, Frank is never on time because he always seems to stumble into situations while he’s on his way somewhere, and because of his kind nature, he is compelled to offer assistance. Does he come upon elderly people who need help crossing the street, or children at play whose ball rolls into the street? Well, not exactly. While one scenario does involve a cat stuck in a tree, the other reasons Frank gives for
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Duck in the Fridge

Kids know silly when they see it, and from the first glance at Jeff Mack’s new picture book, Duck in the Fridge, they’ll likely be prepared to giggle. The title alone made a four-year-old friend of mine crack up! What in the world should they expect with a title like that? As they open the book, they’ll see an exuberant boy bouncing on his bed, clad in pajamas, but clearly not all that sleepy. When his dad settles in to read him a bedtime story, the boy asks him why he always reads from Mother Goose tales at night. Thus begins the dad’s tale of the time he found- yup, you guessed it- a duck in the fridge. Dad, as a little boy himself, becomes the main
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Stanley the Builder and Stanley’s Garage #Giveaway

If you regularly spend time with toddlers and young preschoolers, you’ve likely learned just how interesting the immediate world around them can be. As a preschool teacher for over a decade, I took classes of three and four year old children on a multitude of field trips to places in our own neighborhood- the post office, the grocery store, restaurants, and the like- just so they could get an inside look at how places they’ve regularly visited actually work. Along that community theme, a new series of oversized board books featuring a handy, hard-working guinea pig are a wonderful addition to young readers’ collections. In Stanley the Builder and Stanley’s Garage, children are introduced to tools, construction vehicles, and real world jobs that relate to concepts in their
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5 Books for Back to School {Friday’s Five}

I know just about all kids are already back to school but it’s never too late for some good back-to-school books.   This list is geared for the younger set who may be nervous about starting preschool or kindergarten but are also a good refresher for those who are a little older. Pre-School (ages 3-5): How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague. As with the other “How Do Dinosaurs” books, this one shows what dinosaurs should and shouldn’t do at school, some of which are funny and ridiculous. These books would be preachy if they weren’t so well done. Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner, illustrated by Andy Rash.  I reviewed this book, as well as “Sea Monster and
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Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends

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