Fabulous Finds from the Library

As summer camps wind down, you may be ready for a new zoo book to read.  Here are some of our favorite zoo books:

Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand

This is one of my all-time favorite train books actually.  As the “zoo train” passes by, it picks up various animal “children” headed to the zoo for the day.  Plus, if you know the song, it’s a blast to sing along.

1, 2, 3 To The Zoo: a counting book by Eric Carle

A fellow Kindermusik educator recommended both this book and the one below.  I recently checked them out and brought them home, and they’ve both been loved.  This is a beautiful counting book, using all your favorite zoo animals (and a train again).  As always, Eric Carle’s illustrations are delightful!

Penguins by Liz Pichon

Adorable book about a bunch of penguins at the zoo who find a camera and take a few pictures.  Very cute.

Five Little Monkeys … by Eileen Christelow

Christelow has put together a whole series of books based on the chant “Five Little Monkeys Sitting on a Bed”.  They’re all a ton of fun.  Even better, they’re great books for reading to young toddlers who know or are learning sign language, since you can repeat the sign for MONKEY throughout the entire book.

One more quick thought, if you don’t use them already, online library reserves can be a great way to checkout books when you have an active toddler.  Simply visit the website for your local library, search for the book you want in the online catalog, and place it on hold at the library nearest to you.  Then, when you arrive at the library, simply go to the area where reserves are held and pick up your stack of books!  You can certainly still bring your toddler along to browse more or play in the children’s section, but you won’t have to chase anyone down while you’re trying to hunt for a specific book.

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