I adore books by Emma Dodd. They have such broad age appeal and work well for my two’s group as well my preschoolers. What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd is the featured book in this program.
In this story time we discuss what we think would make the best pet? Is it a Dinosaur? A Bear? What about a T-Rex or a Rock? The majority of the books above all deal with unusual animals as pets, I especially love Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown and Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower which has a great twist in the end.
Of course you could sing the traditional songs: Bingo, How much is that Doggy in the Window, I have a dog and his name is Rags. But I love this unusual one below….
Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he’s absolutely mine.
He’s the best pet that you can get,
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
And I’m awfully glad of that.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
He’s so cozy in his bed,
Because for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead.
It always makes the kids and their parents smile.
I’ve done a wide array of craft activities with this program, but I think the overall favourite was when we created Pet Rocks. The children decorated them, made a home for their pet out of egg cartons and gave their pet a name. I heard about their “pet rocks” for weeks after this program
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .
Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well. His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents.
Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones, full of texture and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page.
Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your personal library. Highly Recommended.
To learn more about the author and his books visit his website:
Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, Illustrated by Marc Brown
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
September 4th 2012
I am very picky when it come to books I share during my baby time programs at the Library. I was delighted when I opened Ten Tiny Toes. Yes, it’s as sweet as it sounds. Is there anything better than the tiny toes of a baby?
” They kicked and they crawled,
they dangles and danced,
they wiggled and wriggled
they preened and they pranced”
The simple story follows little ones as they grow through the years. The fact that in the end the book comes full circle will delight parents. Marc Brown has done a wonderful job with the illustrations. Large images grace every page and are full of texture. The perfect length for sharing during story time or a quiet moment at home; Ten Tiny Toes is one to buy for your home library and would make a fabulous baby gift.
You can take the experience one step further by adding a simple rhyme either before or after your read. This Little Piggy or This Little Cow are always favourites.
This little cow eats grass;
(Wiggle baby’s big toe)
This little cow eats hay;
(Wiggle baby’s second toe)
This little cow drinks water;
(Wiggle baby’s third toe)
This little cow runs away;
(Wiggle baby’s fourth toe)
This little cow does nothing
But laze around all day;
(Wiggle baby’s little toe)
We’ll tickle, tickle, tickle her
Because she lazes around all day.
(Tickle baby from top to bottom!)
Another activities I enjoy doing with the babies and their caregivers-usually during our last program of the session is making footprints. I pre-cut card stock in a variety of colours and use washable white paint and a sponge. I set up a table with the paint and cards and then another with a wash bin with warm water and paper towels.
Parents come to me at the painting station and then I assist them as they paint their child’s foot and press it gently on the card. It’s a bit of work, but a popular activity and the parents are delighted with their “souvenir” of their time in class. This would also work as an activity for home.
There is a story that I vividly remember my mother reading to me as a child. I can remember the sound of her voice as she read the text, and when I think about that book, I remember every page, how the book smelled and it also brings back memories of my mother’s hugs, her warmth and the time she spent reading to me.
The Maggie B by Irene Haas is the book and it is my favourite picture book, because it has so much meaning for me.
Books are magical, I think; because of their power to connect us to moments in our lives.
There is a part of the story where Maggie (Margaret) is cooking a lobster and fish supper for her little brother James. For dessert, she careful cuts ripe peaches in half, drizzles them with honey and cinnamon and bakes them in the oven. This scene is etched in my memory, as I remember thinking that there couldn’t be anything in the world, more delicious then baked peaches.
Last week I made this desert for my family and it is a moment that I will remember. I’m not one to spend too much time in the kitchen. In fact I totally dread cooking. Mostly, because I’m not very good at it. I gave this recipe a try though, and that fact that my son loved it was really just icing on the cake. He asked where I got the idea to make them…like it was a stroke of genius on my part. I told him about The Maggie B, and he smiled and then asked if I knew of any other picture books with good dessert recipes.
Is there a book from your childhood that brings you wonderful memories?