Kid’s Corner: Picture Books for a Toddler

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My daughter “Strawberry” (age 2) loves to read books! Here are some she has enjoyed this week.

How Does a Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen  and Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2013) is another winner from the “dinosaurs” series.  Strawberry loves pretending to be mad. I don’t know why. But she watched an episode from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood about counting to four when you are mad; now she likes to say “I’m Mad!” and stomp around. After a moment she’ll sit down, pretend to count, and then say “I’m happy again!” (Her “pretend counting” is one, two, blah, ten! or something similar.) It goes to say, then that she loves How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?. She loves finding the things the dinosaurs do that are not good. “Uh Oh! Kicked a chair!” and she loves to join in with the “happy again” pages when the dinosaur is good. It is definitely time to get the others in the series! Note: I am an Amazon Affiliate.

There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book! by Benjamin Bird (Capstone, September 2014) gives a new twist to the interactive book. In the same tradition as Press Here! and There’s a Monster at the End of This Book, readers are encouraged to turn the pages carefully, quietly, while blowing on the page, and while shaking the page. We are trying to trap that silly mouse, Jerry, after all! We wouldn’t want him to get away! While reading a digital review copy was a bit of a different type of interactive experience, Strawberry still begged to read it again and again! She loved the mouse and wanted to keep finding him (not to let Tom at him, of course). Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.

Big or Little? Board Book by Kathy Stinson (art by Jennifer Bell) (Annick Press, February 2014) is a sweet board book that Strawberry deeply related to. (Even as I write this, she is sitting on my lap saying “Again! Again!”)  This book features a child (short, wavy hair means this can be a boy or a girl in your story reading) that sometimes feels big and sometimes feels little. Strawberry loved saying “I do that too!” on the “big” pages, such as putting shoes on, helping water the plants, and pushing elevator buttons. She liked saying “Mommy do it!” on the pages when the child felt “little,” such as when she could not get her shirt on or reach the cookies. The book, over all, reminds a child of the ways it’s fun to grow up, but also nice to stay little for those cuddles from Mom. Strawberry loves this one! Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher. I am an Amazon Affiliate.

Who Was Here?: Discovering Animal Tracks by Mia Posada (Millbrook Press, October 2014) has rich illustrations of animal prints, coupled with delightful rhymes. Each of these animal track pages ends with the question: “Who Was Here?” The answer is only told on the next page, which also has a paragraph about the tracked animal. I include this book on this page for toddlers because Strawberry loved this book! She liked finding the questions and she loved seeing the big animals on the next page. Raisin, of course, at age six is a better audience for the book. He loved guessing what animals were represented by the print, and enjoyed reading the paragraph about the animals. As a whole, both kids wanted to read this book again and again, even after they knew who had left the prints.  Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.

I so enjoy reading with my toddler! Raisin, although he is well into chapter books, likewise loves picture books. I look forward to seeing what delightful picture books we discover this week!

Reviewed on May 19, 2014

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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