Book Review: Baby Lit Classics -Board Books by Jennifer Adams

Baby Lit Classics – by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers 2011-2012
Books provided by publisher for review.
With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
My Thoughts:
  I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these little gems on the blog.  Bright bold illustrations, and concise text make these a great choice for sharing with little ones. Whether it be the early concepts of colours or counting, the Baby Lit series introduces them in a clever and unique way by presenting them alongside beloved and very simplified classics. We have the first two from the series in my library and we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves, they are always checked out. Though not ideal for a story time read aloud they are perfect for sharing one on one, and would make a wonderful baby gift. As a fan of  classics I can also see these being adored and appreciated by any book lover.  I’ll definitely be collecting the series.
from  Little Master Stoker: Dracula
from Little Master Carroll:  Alice in Wonderland
Others in the series:
Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice
Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre
Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Little Master Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Storytime with Dogs Colourful Day

This week’s story time was centered around Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Coloring and Counting by Emma Dodd
I enjoy sharing many of Emma Dodd’s stories. I find they work really well for story time especially for the younger preschool age. In Dog’s Colorful Day we meet a white dog with a black spot who moves through out his day getting spots of all different colours from various sources. As I read this story I have an enlarged picture of the dog on my board and I invite one of the children to come up choose the crayon colour and create a dot on him as we read. They love particpating and it’s a great activity for developing colour recognition, listening skills and following directions.

Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting (Picture Puffins)
A great companion book:
Lots of Dots
Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Published by Chronicle Books 2010

Story Time with Pete the Cat

A colleague sent me a YouTube clip this week. And I instantly fell in love with this book. I’ve been “walking along and singing the song” everyday this week and I think driving all my co-workers crazy 🙂

I’ve ordered a copy for the library and for myself and I can not wait to use it in story time next session.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes 
Pete the Cat- I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin
Published by Harpercollins
Summary from GoodReads
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song . . . because it’s all good

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