Friday, November 4, 2011

five little books

Trying to think of a great collection of books for a baby/ toddler/ preschooler?  Child's Play has brought us an absolutely wonderful collection of books (that can be purchased as board books or large size heavy duty books).  They are all classic rhymes, songs or stories.  They are illustrated beautifully and they have holes!  A favorite classic gimmick of mine.  And if that's not enough... these books aren't only fun- they're filled with rhymes, repetition, song, numbers and sequencing which means they're really good for building a strong literacy foundation for our future readers.

Here I'm featuring five of my favorites from the collection...

Five Little Ducks
I especially love the illustrations in this one, they are very inviting and each page has lots to see.  My oldest got this one as a gift on his first Christmas and it's been read (sung) to pieces ever since.

There was an old Lady who swallowed a fly
There's something about this silly song/story that's very enticing to kids.  It must be the absurdity of it all.  This is such a wonderful rendition.  Books with holes is really a fantastic way for this one to be told.

This Old Man
Another strange traditional song that has great kid appeal... then you add in the counting aspect which is wonderful for learning sequencing and number sense- that's a bonus!

The Wheels on the Bus
This one happens to be the #1 favorite of my one year old at the moment.  She loves singing along (with actions and all) as we read.

Ten Little Monkeys
Another fun one to read/sing and act out all at once.

I really can't sing high enough praises for these books (pun intended).  They are simply appealing to young children.  The combination of familiar/classic songs, bright fun illustrations, little holes to poke little fingers through, rhymes and silliness is just right for youngsters.  These are the type of books that will be asked for repeatedly (I don't just mean everyday- I mean they will want you to read it again and again and again right then and there).

happy singing/reading - Robyn

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