Looking for fun, interactive picture books? Then HIGH FIVE, the latest collaboration by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri who brought you DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, will have your kids in stitches!Read More
We’ve got a phenomenal list of the very best board books for your little one! Here you’ll find the best books for your one year old and best books for your two year old kids, including black and white books for babies, interactive books for toddlers, alphabet books for toddlers, best board books for teaching toddlers colors, concept books and more!Read More
There are so many great books for spring --- books that evoke the warmth of sunshine on our necks, the budding of new flowers, and the birds chirping in the trees and sky above us. Who doesn't want to read stories that fill our days with sun, growth and cheer? This one right here, This is the Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming, is one of the new books we are loving this Spring. It is a fabulous (and vibrantly beautiful) cumulative story that will have your kids and students chiming in to finish the lyrical sentences as you read.
In This is the Nest That Robin Built, robin needs help building his nest! With a little help from his friends, this sweet story shows how we can accomplish so much when we work together to achieve a common goal. The squirrel helps trim the twigs to anchor the robin's nest. The dog brings the string to wrap around the twigs that anchor the robin's nest. The horse shares straw, the pig mixes mud, the mouse gathers weeds and the rabbit picks the grass to anchor the robin's nest. And on and on, until the nest is built and the young fledglings that hatch within are ready to fly.
Ok - if you must know, I absolutely cherish a good cumulative book, books that build upon patterns and are formed by an accumulation of successive phrases. When done right, the rhythmic sentences of cumulative stories are a joy to read aloud, and because these stories are grounded in repetition, the adult reading the book is gradually able to read less and less as the children are able to recite more and more. The constant repetition is beneficial for a child's articulation and prediction skills, and as if this isn't enough, when children recite stories it helps their fluency, boosts their confidence, and fosters a love of reading. Good cumulative stories aren't easy to find, making the ones that are done well are the ones to treasure. This is the Nest that Robin Built is undoubtedly a new favorite, one we will turn to again and again. Two trunks up!
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For the sole reason that this book elicited so many giggles from my boys, this will forever rank is one of the best board books in our house. We have no doubt your kids will love it too, and its a great concept book to add to your collection!Read More
This is one of those books that can sweep you away in its intricate- and often humorous- illustrations. Think Where's Waldo, though exchange the beloved red and white shirt donning, glasses wearing man for an adorable little bear, and add in a sweet story to boot. In The Bear's Song, by Benjamin Chaud, Papa Bear is desperate to find his baby cub who has run off to chase a bee-- because where there are bees, there is honey. The baby cub's quest leads the two bears to the opera house, where Papa Bear's song has quite the unintended consequences. Though the premise is simple, the pictures are lush and detailed.
Pickle is at the age where it is still sometimes challenging to get him to sit quietly with me at bedtime, so we score big with interactive books. And this story has a seek and find on every page, with little eyes eager to find the baby cub amidst the beautiful illustrations. Couple these illustrations -- beginning in a forest and ending on a roof top high above the streets of Paris-- with a tender story depicting a parent's unbridled devotion for his child, and the result is a delightfully engaging (and enchanting!) read.
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For those of you with reluctant readers at bed time, or if you simply want a fun, tactile read, check out Press Here by Herve Tullet. This is not your typical picture book, complete with a simple three-act plot, engaging characters, and a lesson or moral to be learned. Instead, it is an interactive read and allows the child to be the grand master of the "story." The reader is invited to press, shake, tap, blow and clap, watching with wonder as multi-colored dots "respond" to his physical input by multiplying, changing sizes/colors, and traveling around the pages. Pickle eats this up, and he never fails to squeal with delight as he interacts with the dots on every page. It is a great book to help kids learn how to follow a simple sequence of instructions, and it is also a helpful tool to teach children about cause and effect in a fun and unique manner. Added bonus -- all of the pressing and tapping and shaking and clapping is great for kids who need some help refining their fine motor skills. If Press Here is not already in your library, it should be!
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