Fabulous Finds from the Library

As we lead into Thanksgiving, I start thinking about our annual long road trip, which means I make a big trip to the library to load up on books.  Here are a few I recommend for toddlers in Our Time:  Milk & Cookies this semester with a focus on food.

Peanut Butter & Jelly:  A Play Rhyme, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

For some of you, this fun book made an appearance in class.  It’s based on the familiar rhyme you may have enjoyed growing up, although the zany illustrations in this version include some delightful animal friends (including elephants to help with smashing) and funny pictures as the crew helps build a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Westcott is marvelous and has illustrated several other childhood rhymes and songs.  She’s one of my favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A classic that every child should read at some time.  Beautifully illustrations.  A story that stays with you for a lifetime.  If this is a favorite for you, you might also look into some of the fun store bought or do-it-yourself puppets for telling this story.

Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley

I picked this book up at a library sale a number of years ago and have been enjoying it ever since.  With vibrant illustrations and delightful word play, this book tells the story of a mouse who snacks his way through the house one night, leaving a trail of treats behind him.  Full of words you can really chew on.

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass, Philemon Sturges, and Ashley Wolff

Oh, the Kindermusik teacher in me simply cannot get away from stories based on fun rhymes and games from my childhood!  Here’s another one with a fun rhythm that will get you patting, tapping, or swaying along.  (Or feel free to check the front for the sheet music and a game to play.)  Fun drawings with some more unusual animals rather than your typical farm or zoo fare.

To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda

Now, truthfully, I have not read this.  I actually found it when I was looking up favorite books to write this post.  It’s based on the nursery rhyme we’ve been doing in our Milk & Cookies class as a lap bounce and looks quite silly, right up my alley.  Check it out and let me know if it’s any good.  (The reviews online certainly were.)

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

I have saved the best for last.  This infectious little book will have you giggling and smiling for days.  The rhyme (“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry…) is deliciously silly and playfully illustrated with elephants, ducks, trains, and even fireworks as a boy and a bear set off collecting various types of berries.  While this book is great for any age, I think it especially perfect for preschool aged kiddos who loving playful with sounds and making up silly words.

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